Diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes are the primary causes of death in Canadian adults and treating these and other illnesses costs the Canadian health care system billions of dollars annually. The researchers using Ontario Health Study data are investigating factors that increase the risk of developing various diseases, as well as what can be done to reduce the chance of developing them. These risk factors may include where people live and work, what they eat, how much they exercise, whether they smoke and other factors that have not yet been identified.


Atopic dermatitis and risk of hypertension, type-2 diabetes, myocardial infarction and stroke in a cross-sectional analysis from the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project

Dr. Aaron Drucker’s group at Brown University used data from the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) to look at whether atopic dermatitis is a risk factor for cardiovascular and other diseases.

Read the article in the British Journal of Dermatology.

Study examines mental health in common ethnic minorities in Ontario

A study out of York University using OHS survey data has found that ethnocultural minorities are more likely to report suffering mental health but are less likely to access treatment.

Read the article in BMC Psychiatry.

Read the article on OICR News.

Neighbourhood greenspace and health in a large urban centre

Using data from the Ontario Health Study and City of Toronto forestry records, researchers at the University of Chicago have shown the positive effect that living near trees can have on our health.

Read the article in Nature Scientific Reports.

Read an interview with researcher Dr. Marc Berman in the November 2015 issue of the OHS newsletter.

Research Underway

New funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research will help Ontario team study metabolic syndromes

Data and samples from the Ontario Health Study will be used to research a range of health conditions that increase the risk of serious disease.

Read the media release to find out more.