Researchers are asking Londoners to help them better understand chronic diseases and conditions.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the Ontario Health Study is returning to the city to gather data to help researchers better understand causes of cancer and other chronic diseases.
Anyone between the ages of 30 and 74 is asked to fill out a questionnaire and give a blood sample. New participants can register online while previous participants will be contacted by email.
The Ontario Health Study will be at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 317 at 311 Oakland Avenue between 9 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday; appointments can be booked online.
“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 the London Study Centre 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.”
Over 235,000 Ontarians have taken part in the study which aims to help researchers improve prevention and diagnosis of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. The provincial study is part of a national study, the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project.