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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

CanPath Webinar: Using population cohorts to support COVID-19 research

Aug 27, 2020 // Study Updates

  Dr. Philip Awadalla, (National Scientific Director, CanPath; Executive Scientific Director, Ontario Health Study) discusses how data from large population health cohorts like CanPath can be harnessed to support research into COVID-19 such as the socioeconomic and mental health impact, as well as disease severity, infection rates, and mapping of where people are most likely

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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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