Patients at the Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse and Onalaska have the chance to be part of a project that could help improve the health of future generations.
Mayo is setting up a biobank and the La Crosse area is a pilot site for the program.
The biobank will collect blood samples and health history of patients who want to participate.
The goal is to collect 50,000 samples that will be used by doctors who are studying certain diseases. "They have all of that information available to them, they don't have to go out and look for participants and obtain consent at the time they're studying a particular disease. It's like a library of samples and health information that they can access at any time," said Terri Pedace from Mayo.
If you would like more information about the biobank program, you can call Mayo Clinic Health System at (608) 392-9462.