Alberta’s Tomorrow Project Welcomes Researchers

“The overall goal of ATP is to support research that will advance knowledge in the area of cancer and chronic disease etiology, to inform the development of more effective risk reduction strategies in the future.“

-Paula Robson, Scientific Director, Alberta’s Tomorrow Project

Application form is available at the bottom of this page.

Alberta’s Tomorrow Project (ATP) invites national and international researchers to utilize the database with investigations of their own.  Information produced by this research will further enhance the scientific value of ATP’s vast, high-quality database.

ATP was launched in 2000 with the objective of recruiting more than 50,000 participants to explore the factors associated with cancer and chronic disease risk.   Research proposals that advance the primary aim will be strongly considered for access to data and/or biospecimens.

From 2001-2008, Alberta’s Tomorrow Project enrolled just over 31,000 participants aged 35 to 69 years with no known history of cancer (other than non-melanoma skin cancer) from the general population.  Participants completed baseline health and lifestyle questionnaires and up to two follow-up health and lifestyle questionnaires, depending on date of enrollment.  Questionnaires covered domains such as personal and family health history, reproductive history, smoking habits, cancer screening behaviors, physical activity, dietary intake, sun exposure, sleep behaviours, psychosocial factors, built environment, self-reported anthropometric measures, and socio-demographic characteristics.

From 2008-2015, ATP enrolled almost 40,000 participants into the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project protocol.  Approximately 16,000 men and women were recruited from existing ATP participants along with 24,000 additional new participants from the general population.

Following the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project protocol, participants completed a detailed questionnaire on lifestyle and medical history, and about 30,000 donated a non-fasting 50mL blood sample from which serum, plasma, red cells and buffy coat (white blood cells) were isolated.  They were also asked to donate a spot sample of urine.  Blood products and urine were aliquoted and stored in -80°C freezers.  Participants who did not provide a blood sample were invited to provide a saliva sample for DNA extraction.  Physical measurement data for approximately 30,000 participants include blood pressure, resting heart rate, standing and sitting heights, body weight, percent body fat by bioelectric impedance, waist and hip circumferences, and grip strength.

In addition to completing baseline and follow-up questionnaires, participants were asked to provide consent and their Personal Health Number for data linkage with the Alberta Cancer Registry and administrative health data held by the provincial health ministry to facilitate future research on health services utilization and health outcomes.  Alberta’s Tomorrow Project participants have also given permission for further future direct follow-up.

The total number of Alberta’s Tomorrow Project participants is 55,000.

Investigators who may be interested in accessing data and/or biological samples held by ATP are encouraged to peruse the descriptions of questionnaires and physical measurements, data dictionaries, published research, approved research projects, and guidelines for data access.

ATP Data Samples Guidelines

Please click the button below for the Data Only Access Guidelines before applying for data. The Guidelines provide an overview of the application review process. Once you are familiar with the process, please click on the application button to download our PDF application form. You may contact us by phone or email if you have any further questions. There is also more information available here.

Data ONLY Access Guidelines (PDF)

ATP Biospecimen Guidelines

Please click the button below for the Biospecimen and Data Access Guidelines before applying for biospecimens. The Guidelines provide an overview of the application review process. Once you are familiar with the process, please click on the application button to download our PDF application form. You may contact us by phone or email if you have any further questions. There is also more information available here.

Biospecimen and Data Access Guidelines (PDF)

Application Form (for Biospecimens and/or Data)

To apply directly for access to the ATP Research Platform, please click the link below.

Application Form (PDF)