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mCTL: My Clinical Trial Locator

" was created to help patients and physicians find one another in an increasingly complex health care landscape where clinical trials proliferate but may be difficult to navigate. permits patients to learn about clinical trials, search for clinical trials, clinical research, and observational studies by disease, condition or location in the United States and around the world. The site lists all existing clinical trials, regardless of whether they are open or closed, and provides information on eligibility and contact information. The site is comprehensive and includes clinical trials for drugs/medications; medical devices; medical procedures and interventions; and studies that look at lifestyle or behavioral changes, such as nutrition, diet or exercise. Patients can view clinical trials on a map and sign up for “push notification” to find out about new clinical trials."
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

CARTaGENE project

Entirely publicly funded, CARTaGENE will be an infrastructure for population genomics research. This resource could therefore contribute to the development of better diagnosis, treatment and disease prevention programs. CARTaGENE seeks to create a resource for the advancement of genetic research, with the aim of improving the health of Quebecers. This public resource will operate under a governance framework and will consist of a databank and a biobank. The database will contain environmental, demographic and health data. The biobank will contain DNA, blood and urine samples.
Monday, November 7, 2011

BC Generations Project

The BC Generations Project is the British Columbia component of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, a landmark study with a broad scope and strong, rigorous design, which is establishing a large, high-quality population laboratory. By following 300,000 Canadians for their adult lives, the project hopes to answer some of cancer’s most challenging questions, including “Why do some people get cancer and other chronic diseases, and others do not?”
Monday, November 7, 2011

Atlantic Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health (PATH)

The Atlantic Partnership for Tomorrow's Health, or The Atlantic PATH as we’re commonly called, is part of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, the largest study of its kind ever undertaken in Canada. This $42-million national study is investigating how genetics, the environment, lifestyle, and behaviour contribute to the development of cancer. The study will follow the health of 300,000 people in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada for 30 years. Here on the East Coast, The Atlantic PATH is recruiting 30,000 men and women aged 18 to 69 from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. This research is particularly important for Atlantic Canada, which has the highest rates of cancer in the country. Every year, more than 13,400 Atlantic Canadians are diagnosed with cancer and 6,300 die as a result. The disease truly does touch everyone living in this region, either personally or through family and friends.
Monday, November 7, 2011

Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project

A landmark study with a broad scope and strong, rigorous design, the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project is establishing a large, high-quality population laboratory. By following 300,000 Canadians for their adult lives, the project hopes to answer some of cancer’s most challenging questions, including “Why do some people get cancer and other chronic diseases, and others do not?” The project’s five regional teams – in Alberta, Atlantic Canada, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec – aim to recruit and track a total of 300,000 healthy Canadians over decades. Participants provide information about their health, lifestyle and environment. The collection of baseline and ongoing data and biological samples, such as urine and blood, and physical measurements, such as weight and height, will build a database and bio-repository. Participants are followed for decades, building layers of information that will create a rich database. Researchers will have access to data and can propose analyses that will identify patterns and information that will potentially explain some of the causes of cancer and other chronic diseases such as diabetes and heart and lung disease.
Monday, November 7, 2011

Ontario Health Study

The Ontario Health Study is an ongoing research study investigating risk factors that cause diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart disease, asthma and Alzheimer’s. If you live in Ontario and are 18 or older, you can take part in the OHS by filling out health-related questionnaires online. Researchers will use this health information to study how our lifestyle, environment and family history affect our health over time and to develop strategies for the prevention, early detection and treatment of diseases.
Monday, November 7, 2011

Health Supplements Information Service (HSIS)

The Health Supplements Information Service (HSIS) is a communication service providing accurate balanced information about vitamins, minerals and food supplements. HSIS works to present the facts about health supplementation in a simple way by consulting with independent experts in the fields of medicine, science and nutrition. The website provides factsheets, research articles, current news and evidence about health supplementation.
Saturday, June 4, 2011

Society of Toxicology of Canada (STC)

The Society of Toxicology of Canada (STC) is a non-profit association which promotes the acquisition, dissemination and use of knowledge in the science of toxicology. The Society includes scientists whose interests range from fundamental and basic science to clinical and applied toxicology. The website provides information about the organization, upcoming events, conferences, committees, awards, toxicology training programs at Canadian universities and links to related sites. Current and archived issues of the STC Newsletter can be viewed at the site.
Thursday, May 26, 2011

Decisions, Decisions: Family Doctors as Gatekeepers to Prescription Drugs and Diagnostic Imaging in Canada

In "Decisions, Decisions", the Health Council of Canada discusses the role of family physicians as gatekeepers of prescription drugs and diagnostic imaging. Being the first point of contact for Canadians, physicians directly affect the specific health services ordered and utilized. The report identifies what factors – such as available tools and resources – that influence physician decision-making and how care is provided in a safe and appropriate manner. Ensuring a sustainable health system is an objective shared by all Canadians including the gatekeepers.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Faculty of 1000 Posters

Faculty of 1000 Posters is a freely-accessible site that presents scientific posters from biology and medical conferences. It covers more than 180 international meetings and conferences and features the most popular highly-viewed posters. Faculty of 1000 is designed for researchers who rate and comment on scientific research; it acts as a filter, identifying and evaluating significant biomedical research. A peer-nominated 'faculty' of scientists and clinicians evaluate articles, posters and other objects and explain why they are important.
Monday, April 25, 2011
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