What is COMPASS?

The ChicagO Multiethnic Prevention And Surveillance Study (COMPASS) is designed by researchers at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center to understand how lifestyle, healthcare, environment, and genetics affect health.

It is known that certain racial or population sub-groups have higher rates of occurrence or severity of cancer and chronic diseases, such as diabetes, cardiovascular, and respiratory illnesses. In Chicago, this disparity is often worse than in other parts of the United States. COMPASS aims to find out why.

This type of study of a large population-representative group of people over an extended period of time has never been done before. The knowledge we acquire will be valuable and applicable to the general population throughout the nation.

- Dr. Habibul Ahsan, principal investigator

By participating in COMPASS you will help improve the health of your community, and contribute to the advancement of scientific research.