Massive health data project launches

Participants in the largest health research project in the province,which was announced in Vancouver yesterday, could help scientistsfinally determine — among other things — if standing in front of themicrowave actually gives you cancer.

Participants in the largest health research project in the province, which was announced in Vancouver yesterday, could help scientists finally determine — among other things — if standing in front of the microwave actually gives you cancer.

Researchers with the B.C. Generations Project aim to recruit 40,000 British Columbians between 40 and 69 for a national study of how environment, lifestyle and genes contribute to cancer and chronic diseases.

“By studying many people from all walks of life, we’ll have a powerful tool for pinpointing the factors that contribute to cancer and chronic diseases,” said Richard Gallagher, principal investigator of the project in B.C.

The collection will form a high-quality, secure data pool, and the hope is to pinpoint the cause of diseases and then come up with prevention interventions, said Gallagher. “It’s a huge undertaking (but) I’m excited to be part of it,” he said.

 
 
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