June 24, 2013

Our Partners

Atlantic PATH has the support of the following agencies and organizations in its efforts to understand chronic disease, including cancer – and to reduce the burden that we all bear:

Canadian Partnership Against Cancer – The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC), established by the federal government to accelerate action on cancer control across the country, provides funding for CanPath and its regional cohorts, including Atlantic PATH.

Canadian Cancer Society – The Canadian Cancer Society provides current information about many types of cancer, as well as about cancer-related services and programs in communities across Canada.

Nova Scotia Health Cancer Care Program – Nova Scotia Health’s Cancer Care Program coordinates, evaluates, and strengthens cancer services in Nova Scotia.

Dalhousie University – One of Canada’s leading universities, Dalhousie is widely recognized for outstanding academic quality and teaching, and a broad range of educational and research opportunities. Atlantic PATH is directly affiliated with the Department of Community Health and Epidemiology in the Faculty of Medicine.

New Brunswick Cancer Network – The New Brunswick Cancer Network is a branch of the Department of Health and is responsible for ensuring a provincial, evidence-based, approach to the delivery of cancer programs and services for all elements of cancer care.  These include prevention, screening, treatment, follow-up, palliative care, education and research.

Newfoundland and Labrador Cancer Care Foundation – The Newfoundland Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation meets the needs of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in cancer prevention, treatment and support, and research.

Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness – This provincial government department supports programs and services that protect and promote health, and treat illness for Nova Scotians’ and their families.

Nova Scotia Health – Nova Scotia Health provides health services to Nova Scotians and some specialized services to Maritimers and Atlantic Canadians. They operate hospitals, health centres and community-based programs across the province.

The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health – The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow’s Health (CanPath) aims to support leading edge Canadian and international research that investigates environmental, lifestyle and genetic factors related to the development and progression of cancer and chronic diseases. More than 330,000 Canadians aged 30 to 74 have enrolled in CanPath since 2008. In addition to contributing information on their lifestyle and health, subsets of participants have contributed biological samples, comprised of more than 150,000 DNA-containing biosamples (including at least 135,000 venous blood samples), 101,000 urine samples, and 31,000 toenail samples (as of March 2015). CanPath brings together seven Canadian regional cohorts representing all ten provinces, including BC Generations Project, Alberta’s Tomorrow Project, Manitoba Tomorrow Project, Healthy Future Sask, Ontario Health Study, CARTaGENE (Quebec) and Atlantic PATH.

BC Generations Project – The British Columbia Generations Project (BCGP) is British Columbia’s  largest, prospective, population-based cohort, health research databank and biobank. It aims at better understanding the effects of environmental exposures, lifestyle, and genetics on chronic diseases such as cancer.

Alberta’s Tomorrow Project (ATP) – Alberta’s Tomorrow Project (ATP) is a longitudinal study tracking the health of 55,000 adults aged 30-74 in this western Canadian province. ATP was launched in the year 2000 as a prospective cohort research platform to study the relationships between environmental, lifestyle, and genetic factors and the incidence of cancer and other chronic diseases.

Ontario Health Study – The Ontario Health Study (OHS) is a prospective cohort study investigating environmental, lifestyle, clinical, and molecular and/or genetic risk factors on cancer and other chronic diseases (diabetes, heart disease, asthma, Alzheimer’s), in Ontario, Canada.

CARTaGENE – CARTaGENE is a long-term cohort study for the investigation of modifiable environmental and lifestyle factors and the genomic determinants of chronic diseases in Quebec, Canada.

Manitoba Tomorrow Project – The Manitoba Tomorrow Project (MTP) is an innovative population health study transforming future health research. They are currently recruiting 10,000 Manitobans to ask questions and gather information on how lifestyle, genetics, environment and social factors interact to influence cancer and chronic disease risk.

Healthy Future SaskSaskatchewan PATH represents the tenth Canadian province to join CanPath. They are currently recruiting 9,000 Saskatchewan participants to gather information on how lifestyle, genetics, environment and social factors interact to influence cancer and chronic disease risk.