Paper describing Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project published
Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Dr. Trevor Dummer and colleagues have published a paper in the Canadian Medical Association Journal that describes the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP), which is tracking the development of cancers and chronic diseases in 300,000 volunteers over several decades to better understand the risk factors.
The CPTP is the national umbrella for several regional data-gathering efforts, including BC Generations, that will track people as they age.
In the decades to come, the researchers will look for correlations between the future health of the volunteers and the information they provided – not only during the examinations and sample-taking, but also in answering questions about their occupations, where they lived, and how much they exercised. These types of longitudinal studies can provide powerful information that lead to improving health outcomes.
The CPTP research platform was established so that any researcher can submit a proposal to access portions of the data. More than 80 scientific programs have already begun research with CPTP and received independent funding from national and international funders.
Dr. Dummer and colleagues will examine metabolic syndrome, which includes a range of conditions like high blood pressure, Type 2 diabetes, glucose intolerance and cardiovascular disease, to understand how environmental factors, including air pollution and green space, interact with genetics to impact rates of metabolic disease nationally.
The BC Generations Project is based within the BC Cancer Agency.