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AoU’s sample/measures uniquely allow for modeling high-burden disease pathways specified by the biopsychosocial ecological model

Biological, psychological & social domains interact at multiple levels (genes, human & environment microbiomes, stress, behavior, broad SES & environment) outlined by the biopsychosocial ecological model (BPSEM). The BPSEM specifies pathways aligned with the AoU pillars of biology, lifestyle, & environment. Simultaneous examination of the interacting domains and levels of the BPSEM is now computationally possible and... more »

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Does psychosocial stress influence time to cancer recurrence or cancer survival for various tumor types?

In animal models, stress is a trigger for tumor growth and metastasis, yet we have not adequately addressed this question in human cancer patients or survivors.

All of Us could longitudinally assess the biological experience of psychosocial stress (via biomarker or wearable technology) at specified times in the cancer survivorship period, and conduct an analysis of time to recurrence or time to death.

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To develop or optimize a non-invasive BIOMARKER that can be used to measure the experience of stress in children and adults.

The impact of psychosocial stress on child and adult health risk is increasingly appreciated. The measurement of this exposure is currently poor, and All of Us has the opportunity to develop or refine biomarkers that could help push this field of research forward in a valid way for the future. Such biomarkers could be a part of individual studies of stress and disease, and could also be used as a gold standard to develop... more »

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Telomere length as a determinant of disease susceptibility

Telomere length may influence the interplay between the combined effects of the environment and stress responses. For instance, a combination between psychosocial stress, chemical exposures, and windows of susceptibility could lead to altered homeostasis (a new “normal”). Uncovering how timing, allostatic loads, and physiology combined contribute to disease development and progression could be better understood with... more »

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