The National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program has announced the selection of Holly Garriock, Ph.D., as chief cohort development officer. In this role, she directs a comprehensive set of activities to recruit and retain one million or more diverse participants nationwide, including piloting novel and emerging technologies and partnerships to ensure participants have broader access to participate in medical research.
“Holly brings unyielding energy, passion, and innovative thinking to her work at All of Us,” said Josh Denny, M.D., M.S., CEO of the All of Us Research Program. “Her quick, strategic thinking and problem-solving is vital as she leads the program’s effort to build a strong, diverse, and active cohort that can help researchers understand how different genetic, lifestyle, and environmental factors impact health and disease.”
Garriock has held several roles within the All of Us Research Program since 2016, including serving as deputy director for the division of scientific programs and as a program officer for the program’s health care provider organizations. Prior to joining the program, she was a program officer at the National Institute of Mental Health where she managed a research portfolio of child and adolescent depression, anxiety, suicide, and trauma that supported her growth and expertise in the fields of child development and mood disorders. She did her undergraduate training in Canada at Bishop’s University; graduate training at the University of Arizona, where she received her Ph.D. in genetics; and postdoctoral research at the University of California, San Francisco.
As chief cohort development officer, Garriock oversees the expansive Division of Cohort Development, which includes health care provider organization enrollment, The Participant Center, and the program’s biobank resources. She is also leading efforts to prepare for pediatric participant recruitment in the program, while coordinating a search for a director of pediatrics. Garriock and her team bridge together these communities within the broader mission of All of Us.
“This past year has shown the impact our communities, all united in the broader mission of All of Us, can have for increasing representation in biomedical research and powering discoveries,” said Garriock. “I am excited to continue to work alongside my amazing colleagues to cultivate these communities and make it as easy as possible for any interested person in the U.S. to enroll and participate in All of Us.”
All of Us aims to engage participants from across the country to reflect America’s diversity, including groups who have been historically underrepresented in biomedical research. With rich and evolving data contributed by participants over time—through surveys, electronic health records, biospecimens, wearable technologies, data linkages, and more—the All of Us research platform will support researchers from different backgrounds to make discoveries that lead to new prevention strategies and treatments for foundational health challenges.
For more information, go to AllofUs.NIH.gov.
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