We are recruiting 10,000 Manitobans to ask questions and gather information on how lifestyle, genetics, environment and social factors interact to influence cancer and chronic disease risk.
The Manitoba Tomorrow Project (MTP) is an innovative population health study transforming future health research.
Where do you live? How much sleep do you get? What did you have for lunch? What really “runs in the family?” What choices can we make when it comes to our health? And what has already been determined? The answers for a healthier future are inside us all.
The Manitoba Tomorrow Project wants to hear from 10,000 Manitobans between the ages of 35 – 69 who have never had cancer (aside from non-melanoma skin cancer), asking these questions and more for answers. It is part of a larger population health study - The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project. Together, we will collect and connect this valuable data with researchers across the country and around the world to change the future of health research.
Did you know that large population health studies are responsible for linking smoking to lung cancer? (British Doctors Study) Or that it was a population health study that connected obesity as a contributing factor to heart disease? (Framingham Heart Study) Large population health studies are the Disneyland of data for researchers. By gathering data from a large population segment over time we are able to start to determine patterns and connect seemingly small details for profound discoveries. The data we collect will have a significant impact on the research community and could be used for thousands of studies across many cancer and chronic disease disciplines for years to come.
We are adapting our research to connect to the human side of science. Choices we make. Choices we cannot make. All across Canada, with the data of over 300,000 Canadians we will begin to better understand and connect lifestyle, social factors, genetics and environment, and put our knowledge toward preventing and reducing rates of cancer and chronic disease for all Canadians.
The Manitoba Tomorrow Project is asking for 1.5 hours of your time initially, to fill out a questionnaire and attend a simple study appointment. As this is a long term population health study, we will want to follow up and check in with you periodically throughout the next 50 years in a similar fashion. Do you want to help build a healthier tomorrow for Manitobans?
CancerCare Manitoba (CCMB) is the host institution of the MTP, and provides in-kind staff and infrastructure supports for the project. CCMB’s mission: To reduce and, where possible, eliminate the burden of cancer on the people of Manitoba through exemplary programs of prevention, diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation, continuing care, research and education.
One of the strategic directions in CCMBs 2016-2021 Cancer Plan is “Toward a broadened scope and enhanced strength of research.” CCMB’s research units include the Clinical Investigations Office, Epidemiology and Cancer Registry along with CancerCare Manitoba's Research Institute, and Medical Physics.
The Manitoba Center for Health Policy (MCHP) is a research unit in the U of M’s College of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences. MCHP does research on the health of Manitobans. As a leader in health and health services research in Canada, MCHP uses a variety of databases to study factors affecting health, including health care, health programs and policies, income, education, justice, employment and social circumstances. MCHP would be involved in facilitating linkage of the MTP with administrative databases, and analytical work.
Manitoba Health, Seniors and Active Living (MHSAL) is a department within the Government of Manitoba. Its Mission is: “To meet the health needs of individuals, families and their communities by leading a sustainable, publicly administered health system that promotes well-being and provides the right care, in the right place, at the right time” (From http://www.gov.mb.ca/health/vision.html ; Accessed March 31, 2017). MHSAL will facilitate a blind mail out for the purposes of participant recruitment to MTP.
The Manitoba Tumour Bank (MTB) is Manitoba’s largest open-access biobank. The MTB is disease-based, and has accumulated thousands of cases of blood and marrow disorders, and normal and tumour solid tissues. Sample types include plasma, cell pellets, cryopreserved cells, buccal swabs, bone marrow, tissue micro-arrays, blood and urine. The MTB is a member organization of the Canadian Tumour Repository Network (CTRNet), and is CTRNet certified. Sample processing and long term biobank storage for the fledgling MTP is currently based out of the MTB.
All research projects are required to apply to a Research Ethics Board (REB) for approval. All Canadian REBs are guided by the Tri-Council Policy Statement 2: Ethical conduct for Research involving Humans (TCPS-2).
Research Manitoba (formerly Manitoba Health Research Council) is a provincially funded body. Part of its mandate is to: act “as a coordinating body for a comprehensive and inclusive health research agenda that leads to improved health and increased economic opportunities for the Province of Manitoba” and to “facilitate networks, linkages, and communication throughout the Manitoba health research enterprise and beyond.” Research Manitoba will be involved with outreach for MTP (through research, network contacts), and serve as a hub for information sharing between stakeholder groups (funders, researchers, public).
The George and Fay Yee Center for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) was launched in 2008 as a partnership between the University of Manitoba (U of M) and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA). CHI is Manitoba’s SUPPORT unit and has seven platforms that represent this unit. Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) are a part of Canada’s Strategy for Patient Oriented Research (SPOR).
The Manitoba Personalized Lifestyle Research (TMPLR) Program is a contemporary cross-sectional study with a mission to: “Aspire to reduce the prevalence and severity of chronic disease in Manitoba by developing personalized diet, physical activity and sleep recommendations for Manitobans” (From https://tmplr.ca/home ; Accessed March 31, 2017. TMPLR is recruiting n=800 Manitobans aged 30-46, and has developed a fully outfitted mobile unit to bring their study operations around the province.
The University of Manitoba (U of M) provides the province’s medical research education and infrastructure. Most researchers in Manitoba work in the Faculty of Health Sciences. Most biological sample collection, processing, analysis, storage and use takes place in Winnipeg at two hospitals: Health Sciences Center and Saint Boniface General Hospital. CCMB is situated in the vicinity of the Health Sciences Center complex.
The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) is Canada’s largest group of volunteer research participants (population cohort), built to address key questions about what causes cancer and chronic disease. Over 300,000 Canadians aged 30-74 years have joined CPTP; they were recruited from five regional cohorts—BC Generations Project, Alberta’s Tomorrow Project, Ontario Health Study, CARTaGENE, and Atlantic PATH. The Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project is hosted by the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health with national funding from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer.
Interested in being a part of the conversation? We’d love to have you. Couple things:
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The Manitoba Tomorrow Project is a long term study that requires us to keep track of our participants over many years.
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