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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.

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So you want to access OHS data – here are some tips

Apr 1, 2022 // Study Updates

Submitting a fully-completed OHS Data Access Application saves you time and additional work, allowing you to begin your research that much quicker. The OHS Research Operations and Access Officer provides some helpful tips to ensure your access request is successful.

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CanPath Webinar: COVID-19 Antibody Study Results

Mar 23, 2022 // Study Updates

Beginning December 2020, select CanPath participants were invited to complete a follow-up COVID-19 questionnaire and submit dried blood spot samples. The questionnaire included details around vaccination, previous COVID-19 infection, underlying medical conditions, and medications taken. Dried blood spot samples were tested for antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 (anti-spike IgG, anti-receptor binding domain of spike (RBD) IgG, and anti-nucleocapsid (N) IgG). Collection

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Join our very first Participant Town Hall!

Feb 15, 2022 // Study Updates

OHS participants – Join our very first participant webinar happening February 24th! The OHS is one of seven regional studies that make up Canada’s largest health research platform, the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health (CanPath).  Join the Town Hall discussion to learn how your questionnaire data and blood samples are making a difference. Register today

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