Rochester Epidemiology Project

Co-principal investigators: Walter A. Rocca, M.D. and Jennifer St. Sauver, Ph.D.
Funded by: Mayo Clinic and National Institute on Aging (R01 AG034676)

The longest ongoing study in the division is the Rochester Epidemiology Project, which was established in 1966 and has provided the infrastructure for more than 1,500 publications.

The Rochester Epidemiology Project is a collaboration of clinics, hospitals and other medical facilities in Minnesota and Wisconsin that extracts information from the medical records of participating community members to learn more about a wide range of diseases. This medical record information enables medical scientists to discover what causes diseases, how patients respond to medical and surgical therapies, and what may happen to patients in the future.

The unique resources established by the Rochester Epidemiology Project are critical for establishing reliable estimates of incidence and for carrying out a large number of population-based descriptive and analytic studies of etiology and outcomes among Olmsted County residents, and for studies among the referral population.