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What’s New With the OHS?

Since 2010, the Ontario Health Study (OHS) has been working hard to build a platform for chronic disease research. Working together with the research community and Ontarians across the province we are now following the health of about 225,000 people and have collected more than 41,000 blood samples. We’re building a database of health information and a biobank so researchers can better understand the link between genetics, lifestyle and environment—and the role they play in our health.

In this section, you’ll find information about the various Study activities and upcoming initiatives.

Blood tubes in the laboratory centrifuge

LifeLabs Cyberattack and the OHS – August Update

Aug 12, 2020 // Study Updates

LifeLabs has informed the Ontario Health Study that lab results of 16 OHS participants were part of the LifeLabs cyberattack first made public in December, 2019. All 16 participants visited a LifeLabs in mid-January 2016. LifeLabs also advised that these 16 Study participants will be contacted by LifeLabs directly. All affected LifeLabs clients, including the

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Has COVID-19 changed how you work?

Aug 10, 2020 // Study Updates

Are you working from home, doing different work, or not currently working at all during the pandemic? The Ontario Health Study wants to hear how COVID-19 has changed how you work. Here’s OHS Program Manager Kelly McDonald, talking from her home office, about the questionnaire. Let us know how your work has changed by completing the OHS COVID-19

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Why should participants complete the OHS COVID-19 Questionnaire?

Aug 10, 2020 // Study Updates

Even if you have not experienced symptoms, your participation in the COVID-19 Questionnaire will add to scientific knowledge of the pandemic in real time. Featuring OHS Research Associate Dr. Victoria Kirsh, with music by OHS’s own Matt Campbell.  

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