Although the Atlantic Path will help researchers find better ways of detecting and preventing cancer by shedding light on factors affecting cancer risk, it will also be a powerful tool for analyzing risk factors and biomarkers of risk, susceptibility and exposure for many other diseases.
This landmark study offers the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary collaborative research across many health-related disciplines – epidemiology and health geography; health informatics; health service administration; discovery science; environmental science; and public health, for example.
To ensure that its full scientific potential is realized, the Atlantic Path Research Network has been created. The network brings together investigators from a broad range of disciplines to develop health-related research studies using the databases being developed by the Atlantic Path.
The network is the focal point for updating the research community on the Atlantic Path activities, providing investigators with the opportunity to identify innovative projects and pursue funding opportunities for research into cancer and other health outcomes using and adding to the Atlantic Path data.
For example, there is the potential to combine epidemiological methods with basic science and geographic analysis to investigate biomarkers of exposure in various environments to answer specific questions about disease causation, such as the role of arsenic, water quality, air pollution or pesticides on health outcomes.
The Atlantic Path Research Network provides investigators with an interdisciplinary platform to develop research contacts, as well as learn about the research and other activities in the study. All investigators who think they can make use of the Atlantic Path data are invited to join the network.