Canada’s largest-ever health-data portal opens to researchers

Issue: BCMJ, vol. 57 , No. 7 , September 2015 , Pages 279-280 News

The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer is launching the largest cancer research portal of its kind in Canada, the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project.

The portal contains data from more than 300 000 Canadians aged 35 to 69 who have volunteered to share information about their health, lifestyle, environment, and behavior that will allow researchers to dig into the factors that contribute to cancer and other chronic diseases. Nearly half of participants have also provided a biological sample. The portal is designed to track participants for 20 to 30 years, and the data can be used to conduct long-term population health studies.

The BC Generations Project, one of five provincial partners involved in the portal from across Canada, has enrolled over 29 000 people to date, and aims to enroll up to 40 000 British Columbians this year. Participants can be in good health, or have health problems or disabilities—the goal is to recruit a diverse group of people from all walks of life. To learn more about the BC Generations Project visit www.bcgenerationsproject.ca.

For more information about the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project, its coordinating partners, the data, and how to access the portal visit www.partnershipfortomorrow.ca.

. Canada’s largest-ever health-data portal opens to researchers. BCMJ, Vol. 57, No. 7, September, 2015, Page(s) 279-280 - News.



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