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News Release

One of Canada's largest health studies seeks participants for Study Centre locations in Durham Region, Feb. 1 - 12

Residents invited to book an Ontario Health Study appointment online and contribute to a healthy future

WHITBY, ON January 26, 2016 - “The Health Department is pleased to once again support the Ontario Health Study in bringing this initiative to our local area,” said Dr. Robert Kyle, Durham Region Medical Officer of Health. “We encourage all eligible residents to get involved with this important public health study.”

Ontario residents living or working in Durham Region and the surrounding area 30 to 74-years old years are invited to visit a Local Study Centre to complete a short questionnaire and provide a blood sample, which will enable researchers to better understand what affects health and quality of life. This may help improve the prevention and diagnosis of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. A Study Centre visit may also allow participants to learn something new about their health.

Following their visit each participant will receive a comprehensive blood analysis report of where their personal health falls within reference ranges. Participants who have already completed the Ontario Health Study questionnaire online will receive an email invitation to take part.

Getting involved in the OHS is a simple, straightforward process. New participants just need to go to www.ontariohealthstudy.ca/Durham, register, book an appointment and then complete the survey, which takes about an hour. The OHS follows strict privacy practices that govern how personal information is collected, who can see it and how it can be used.

The Centre will accept walk-ins, though making an appointment is recommended to reduce any potential wait times. More participants are needed and all residents between the ages of 30 and 74 are encouraged to sign up and help spread the word about this important health research initiative. The Study thanks its past participants and, though the Study currently only requires one blood sample per participant, these participants are encouraged to help spread the word about the Study to friends, family and co-workers.

More than 230,000 Ontarians have helped advance the public health of future generations right from their computers by taking the Ontario Health Study’s online questionnaire. The OHS continues to recruit participants to provide important health data and samples. This information will help researchers understand the risk factors and causes of chronic diseases and to develop new prevention strategies and treatments.

“The information provided in the OHS questionnaire by participants gives us an overall snapshot of the health of Ontarians as well as their exposure to common risk factors,” says Dr. Philip Awadalla, Executive Scientific Director of the OHS. “Combining questionnaire responses with a blood sample provided at one of our Local Study Centres allows us to get a more detailed look at their health. These data allow researchers to draw comprehensive conclusions about the health of the overall population.”

The OHS is just one piece of an even larger national effort called the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP). The CPTP consists of the OHS and four other regional studies: The BC Generations Project, Alberta’s Tomorrow Project, Quebec’s CARTaGENE and the Atlantic PATH. Nationally, the CPTP has more than 300,000 participants and more than 125,000 have provided a blood sample.

Study Centre details and hours of operation:

Bowmanville Study Centre - Holiday Inn Clarington Lobby Meeting Room, 37 Spicer Sq., Bowmanville,

  • Feb. 1, 10:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Oshawa Study Centre - Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43, 471 Simcoe St. S., Oshawa

  • Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 3, 9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 4, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Ajax Study Centre - Royal Canadian Legion Branch 322, 111 Hunt St., Ajax

  • Feb. 8, 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 9, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Pickering Study Centre - Royal Canadian Legion Branch 606, 1555 Bayly St., Pickering

  • Feb. 10, 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 11, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.
  • Feb. 12, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Parking is free at all three locations.

How to get started:

  • Visit www.ontariohealthstudy.ca/Durham to register for the Study and complete the online questionnaire. It only takes about an hour. You have six weeks to complete the questionnaire from the time you start it;
  • Schedule an appointment using the online booking tool and visit the Study Centre of your choice.
  • If you have any questions you can speak to an OHS staff member by emailing info@ontariohealthstudy.ca or calling 1-866-606-0686.

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For further information, please contact:

Jocelyn Garrett
Ontario Health Study
Jocelyn.garrett@ontariohealthstudy.ca
647-259-8936 or 905-825-4295

Media inquiries for:

The Regional Municipality of Durham:
Glendene Collins - Health Department, 905-668-7711 ext. 2999 or glendene.collins@durham.ca

If this information is required in an accessible format, please contact the Accessibility Co-ordinator at 1-800-372-1102 extension 2009.

For more information, please contact Health Department.