The Rochester Epidemiology Project (aka one of Minnesota’s and the United States’ best, yet hardly noticed, medical resources) is trying to raise its visibility. What is the REP? Probably the largest and oldest population-based medical consortium in the country. Researchers have been answering medical trend questions, characterizing frequencies of diseases and conditions, and tracking key data for, yes, generations now. It’s been called Rochester’s best guarded secret — though no one has purposely been trying to keep it so. Now, with the launch of a new web site, we hope its legend looms a bit larger.
The overview on the site is typically modest, I think, when it says the REP is one of the few places in the world to do population-based medical research. It’s one of the top places and one of the most respected. It is the largest of its kind in the nation (did I say that already?) and I suspect if they listed all the research papers generated over the years (instead of just the last few), the site would have to be expanded. Its origins go back to the 1960s, though some of the data go back even further. Congratulations to the REP and the Rochester area community.