The Atlantic PATH Study is part of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project which has 300,000 participants from across the country who shared information about their health, lifestyle, environment, and behaviours. The Atlantic PATH Research Platform is specifically designed for the use of Canadian and international researchers and we invite you to learn more about our data.
The Platform includes data from approximately 31,000 participants, aged 35-69, from the Atlantic Provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador. This data includes information on genetics, lifestyle, behaviour, and environment, as well as physical measures including anthropometric measurements, blood, urine, saliva, and toenails. We are also adding linkage data for participants from provincial health databases from all four Atlantic Provinces.
Overview of Atlantic PATH Data
Atlantic PATH has approximately 134,000 primary biological samples from 32,500 participants. The biological samples collected include venous blood samples, dried blood spots, urine, saliva, and toenails. An overview of the collection and storage of the biological samples can be seen here.
Two primary questionnaires were implemented, including the Core Questionnaire which provides health history and lifestyle factors and Questions Unique to the Atlantic Provinces which provides additional information and some more in-depth survey questions.
Accessing Atlantic PATH Data
The data and samples collected as part of Atlantic PATH are available to the academic research community through a formal data application process. Researchers must have ethics approval from their institution and must complete a Data Access Form which will be reviewed by Atlantic PATH’s Data Access Committee.
An overview of the data sample access plan is presented in the diagram below. The complete process can be viewed here.
There are cost-recovery fees associated with accessing Atlantic PATH data.
Relevant documents include:
- Data and Biosample Access Policy
- Preliminary Data and Biosample Access Application Form
- Full Data and Biosample Access Application Form
- Access Renewal Form and/or Unanticipated Event/Significant Change Report form
The Data and Biosample Access Policy is effective for applications received after May 2016.
For more information about this process, please contact David Thompson, Director of Operations.
Accessing National Data
The data and samples collected from the other regions participating in the national project are also available for researchers to access through the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project Portal. Details on application process details are available online and questions can be directed via email as well.