Welcome to our COVID-19 Antibody Testing (CAT) study!
Alberta’s Tomorrow Project is one of four studies embarking on a select provincial study that tests for COVID-19 antibodies within adult Albertans.
What does this involve?
In total, 4000 participants from our current cohort who are residents of Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and Red Deer and match pre-determined criteria for this study will receive email invitations to take part. Only registered participants from our cohort can take part in this study.
Over a period of one year, participants will be asked to do the following four times (about every 3 months):
- Complete a survey online, and
- Visit a local study centre to give blood.
- 2-3 small tubes will be taken at three appointments (about 1-2 tablespoons total)
- 5 small tubes will be taken at one appointment (about 3-4 tablespoons total)
ATP is a cancer and chronic disease research platform. Why are you doing this study?
Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, has tasked us with conducting this study, which is also known as serology testing. The study aims to find out how many Albertans have been infected with the coronavirus. Blood drawn from participants will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.
In addition to understanding the direct health impacts of COVID-19 infection, we see growing evidence that there may be links between infectious diseases (like viruses and bacteria) and non-infectious chronic diseases (like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and cancers). We hope that comparing the findings of our study with data on health and lifestyle factors will help determine whether a coronavirus infection may have long-term effects on chronic disease.
- Participants will receive antibody test results by phone or by mail. More information will be provided with test results.
- Study results will be most accurate if the same participants provide blood samples over a period of time, so we encourage participants to complete all four appointments.
- Please note: An antibody test cannot tell whether you’re currently infected with the COVID-19 virus because it can take up to three weeks after an infection for your body to create antibodies.
Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) web-page for more information: https://myatp.ca/atp-cat-faqs
Please continue to visit this page for updates on our study.