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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 40,000 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

How will the COVID-19 Questionnaire data add to what we know about the virus?

Sep 17, 2020 // Study Updates

Dr. Vicki Kirsh discusses how the data collected by the OHS COVID-19 Questionnaire will be able to inform public health response, by identifying those who will be more likely to require critical care if infected, and assisting hospitals with triage protocol in the event of a surge in cases.  

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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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