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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.