For Researchers


The REP provides an infrastructure for researchers to collect data and carry out medical research studies on a wide range of medical conditions. However, many of the resources available for REP studies (e.g., patient medical records) are part of ongoing clinical care at southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin health care providers.  Because of this relationship with active clinical care providers, data collection for a new study typically requires spending time in Minnesota to access REP resources.
To facilitate research using REP resources, REP Collaborator appointments are available through the Mayo Clinic. Such appointments provide space for researchers on the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota and provide access to REP computer resources; however, REP Collaborators must provide all funding for personnel and other expenses required to carry out their project. Further information on how to receive a REP Collaborator appointment may be obtained by contacting REP staff at
Over more than 50 years, the REP has supported the development of many population-based and disease-specific cohorts. Current federally funded projects which use REP resources are listed on our Federally Funded Research Projects page. Researchers interested in a specific topic area are strongly encouraged to search for previous REP-supported publications and to contact investigators who developed the previous studies in order to explore collaborative research opportunities.

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