The Ontario Health Study
The Ontario Health Study aims to establish a large, population-based, longitudinal cohort study. It will be the biggest single cohort study ever attempted in North America. This will enable the establishment of a unique data resource to assist in developing research and health policy programs. The results of this study will influence future clinical care, personal behaviour and health policy. The study will investigate environmental, social, behavioural, genetic and common disease factors which underlie health and disease, and will also identify and expose pre-clinical, clinical and lifestyle risk factors for disease, disability, loss of function and reduced quality of life.
Presenter: Professor Lyle Palmer
Professor Palmer has recently relocated to Toronto to take up the role of Director of the Genetic Epidemiology Program at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and Executive Scientific Director of the Ontario Health Study (www.ontariohealthstudy.ca/). Before moving to Canada in July 2010, Professor Palmer was the foundation Winthrop Chair in Genetic Epidemiology and the founding Director of the Centre for Genetic Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the University of Western Australia. His background includes training in clinical epidemiology, human genetics and biostatistics. He has a particular interest in life-course genetic epidemiology and the developmental origins of health and disease.
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