These publications are examples of research made possible with data from CanPath and its regional cohorts.


Agreement between self-report and administrative health data on occurrence of non-cancer chronic disease among participants of the BC generations project

Authors: Maryam Darvishian, Jessica Chu, Jonathan Simkin, Ryan Woods, Parveen Bhatti

Linked self-reported chronic disease history data to a Chronic Disease Registry (CDR) that applied algorithms to administrative health data to ascertain diagnoses of multiple chronic diseases in the Province of British Columbia.

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Dietary Intake and the Neighbourhood Environment in the BC Generations Project

Authors: Rachel A. Murphy, Gabriela Kuczynski, Parveen Bhatti, Trevor J. B. Dummer

This study examined how neighbourhood factors like access to amenities and social relationships, as well as greenness and walkability, can influence fruit and vegetable intake. ~28,000 participants from the BC Generations Project were involved. Those living in neighbourhoods with greater material and social deprivation were less likely to meet recommendations for fruit and vegetable consumption, while those living in neighbourhoods with higher greenness were more likely to meet recommendations. These findings highlight how multiple neighbourhood characteristics can impact dietary intake.

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The BC Generations Project as a Tumor Tissue Resource for Cancer Research

Authors: Umaimah Zanif, Jessica Chu, Jonathan Simkin, Trevor Dummer, Ryan Woods, Eric Belanger, Parveen Bhatti

BCGP is making significant strides in its utility as a high-quality tumor tissue research resource. The BC Cancer Registry recently implemented a text mining solution to allow BCGP to capture pathology reports for 100% of all newly diagnosed BCGP cancer cases!

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Evaluation of Adiposity and Cognitive Function in Adults

Authors: Sonia S. Anand, Matthias G. Friedrich, Douglas S. Lee, Phillip Awadalla, J. P. Després, Dipika Desai, Russell J. de Souza, Trevor Dummer, Grace Parraga, Eric Larose, Scott A. Lear, Koon K. Teo, Paul Poirier, Karleen M. Schulze, Dorota Szczesniak, Jean-Claude Tardif, Jennifer Vena, Katarzyna Zatonska, Salim Yusuf, Eric E. Smith, the Canadian Alliance of Healthy Hearts and Minds (CAHHM), the Prospective Urban and Rural Epidemiological (PURE) Study Investigators

Researchers sought to undercover the association between adipose tissue (amount and distribution) and cognitive scores. Using data from 9,189 participants, they found that higher visceral adipose tissue and body fat percentage correlated with increased vascular brain injuries and cardiovascular risk factors, as well as lower cognitive scores.

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Reduced Cognitive Assessment Scores Among Individuals With Magnetic Resonance Imaging–Detected Vascular Brain Injury

Authors: Sonia S. Anand, Matthias G. Friedrich, Dipika Desai, Karleen M. Schulze, Philip Awadalla, David Busseuil, Trevor J.B. Dummer, Sébastien Jacquemont, Alexander Dick, David Kelton, Anish Kirpalani, Scott A. Lear, Jonathan Leipsic, Michael D. Noseworthy, Louise Parker, Grace Parraga, Paul Poirier, Paula Robson, Jean-Claude Tardif, Koon Teo, Jennifer Vena, Salim Yusuf, Alan R. Moody, Sandra E. Black, Eric E. Smith,

This study investigated if scores on a cognitive screen were lower in individuals with higher cardiovascular risk, and those with covert vascular brain injury. Among a middle-aged community-dwelling population, scores on a cognitive screen were lower in individuals with higher cardiovascular risk factors or MRI vascular brain injury. Much of the population attributable risk of low cognitive scores can be attributed to lower educational attainment, higher cardiovascular risk factors, and MRI vascular brain injury.

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Environmental health assessment of communities across Canada: contextual factors study of the Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds

Authors: ‪Russell Jude de Souza, Lise Gauvin, Natalie Williams, Scott Lear, A. P. Oliveira, Dipika Desai, Daniel Corsi, SV Subramanian, Ayesha Rana, Rishi Arora, Gillian Booth, Fahad Razak, Jeff Brook, Jack Tu, Sonia S. Anand

This study aimed to report national-level community characteristics and any interprovincial, urban/rural, and Cartesian coordinate differences. Researchers developed an on-line map for public use, showing differences in fruit and vegetable availability, advertising for sweet drinks, junk food, and tobacco products, and cigarette and alcohol prices.

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Rationale, design, and methods for Canadian alliance for healthy hearts and minds cohort study (CAHHM) – a Pan Canadian cohort study

Authors: Sonia S. Anand, Jack V. Tu, Philip Awadalla, Sandra Black, Catherine Boileau, David Busseuil, Dipika Desai, Jean-Pierre Després, Russell J. de Souza, Trevor Dummer, Sébastien Jacquemont, Bartha Knoppers, Eric Larose, Scott A. Lear, Francois Marcotte, Alan R. Moody, Louise Parker, Paul Poirier, Paula J. Robson, Eric E. Smith, John J. Spinelli, Jean-Claude Tardif, Koon K. Teo, Natasa Tusevljak, Matthias G. Friedrich

Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds (CAHHM) is a pan-Canadian, prospective, multi-ethnic cohort study being conducted in Canada. This project has sed CPTP data to help and assist it. CAHHM is a prospective cohort study which aims to examine the health of adults living in Canada.

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