Back to Top

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

More than 30,000 shared their work story

Jan 9, 2020 // Study Updates

Researchers will have richer data to work with now that more than 30,000 provided their work story to the Ontario Health Study. A big thank you to those that took time to contribute to the Work History Questionnaire by December 1, 2019. Here’s some of the early numbers: 67 – The percentage of participants that

News Image

LifeLabs Cyberattack and the OHS

Dec 18, 2019 // Study Updates

LifeLabs Medical Laboratories is a former service provider to the Ontario Health Study. The OHS learned on December 17, 2019 that LifeLabs had sustained a large cyberattack on its computer systems. Approximately 28,000 blood samples were collected by LifeLabs on behalf of OHS between fall 2012 and March 2017. The blood sample requisition form that

News Image

Thank you for taking part in the Work History Questionnaire

Dec 9, 2019 // Study Updates

Dr. Philip Awadalla, Ontario Health Study Executive Scientific Director, thanks participants for taking part in the Work History Questionnaire and discusses the importance of combining the information you provided with health data from previous questionnaires.  

News Image