In 2008, we opened our first assessment centre at the West End Mall in Halifax. While tremendously successful – more than 10,000 volunteers came through our doors – we wanted to reach out across the four Atlantic provinces. Since then, more than 30,000 people from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador participated in the Atlantic PATH study.
Atlantic Canadians from Port aux Basques, NL to Ingonish, NS, Alma, NB, and Alberton, PEI, have shared information with us, as well as blood, urine and saliva samples, toenail clippings and even their tap water. This data is helping researchers across the region, and around the world, gain better insight into the causes and treatment of cancer and other chronic disease.