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Ontario Health Study to Run Barrie Study Centre June 3-6

May 25, 2015
Residents Invited to Book an Appointment and Contribute to a Healthier Future

Residents Invited to Book an Appointment and Contribute to a Healthier Future

The Ontario Health Study (OHS) recently announced it will open the Barrie Study Centre which will run from June 3 to 6 in the Oro and Essa Rooms of the Holiday Inn Barrie Hotel and Conference Centre, located at 20 Fairview Road in Barrie.

The purpose of the Barrie Study Centre is for participants to contribute to a long-term health research study while learning more about their own health.

Barrie area residents aged 35 to 69 who have already taken the Ontario Health Study online will be invited to visit the Barrie Study Centre to 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 visit to the Barrie Study Centre may also allow participants to learn something new about their health. Following their visit each participant receives a comprehensive blood analysis report of where their personal health falls within the reference range.

More participants are needed and all residents between ages 35 and 69 are encouraged to sign up and help spread the word about this important health research initiative. Residents who have not yet signed up online can do so easily by visiting or phone ahead of time for an appointment at the Barrie Study Centre by calling 1-866-606-0686 or sending an email to Walk-in appointments are also accepted but an appointment is recommended to reduce any potential wait time.

More than 225,000 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 scope of this study is massive, and will provide unprecedented detail about health risk factors in Ontario,” said Simcoe Muskoka Medical Officer of Health Dr. Charles Gardner. “Additionally, the health information derived from local participation will provide us with a powerful tool to help guide public health programs in the future.”

Getting involved in the OHS is a simple, straightforward process. They just need to go to, register and then take 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 information provided in the initial online questionnaire provides us with an overall snapshot of the health of Ontarians as well as their exposure to chronic disease risk factors,” says Dr. Mark Purdue, Executive Scientific Director of the OHS. “By providing a blood sample or visiting the Barrie Study Centre, participants allow us to get a more detailed look at their health. We can then compile this data to draw broader 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 aged 35 to 69 and more than 125,000 have provided a blood sample.

The OHS recently celebrated its fourth anniversary, and is already one of the largest long-term health studies in Canada. The OHS continues to enrol new volunteer participants to take the online questionnaire. The Study is currently focusing on face-to-face outreach with community groups and hospitals. If you would like someone from OHS to visit your organization to discuss the Study, contact Jocelyn Garrett at

Barrie Study Centre Details:

Holiday Inn Barrie Hotel and Conference Centre, Oro/Essa Rooms

20 Fairview Road, Barrie, Ontario L4N 4P3.

Parking is free.

Wednesday, June 3: 11am-7pm

Thursday, June 4: 8am-7pm

Friday, June 5: 8am-7pm

Saturday, June 6: 8am-2pm


How to get started:

• Visit 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;

• If you are selected for blood collection or a visit to the Barrie Study Centre you will receive an email invitation;

• Once you receive this email, log into your OHS account and click on the “Next Step” button to proceed with arranging your participation;

• If you have any questions you can speak to an OHS staff member by emailing or

calling 1-866-606-0686.




For further information, or to schedule an interview with Dr. Mark Purdue, please contact:

Jocelyn Garrett

Ontario Health Study

647-259-8936 or 905-825-4295

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