Microbiome FAQ

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Microbiome FAQ 2018-09-24T16:15:09+00:00

Microbiome – Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find a list of frequently asked questions related specifically to the microbiome sub-study, titled BioNUGUT. If you have general questions about Alberta’s Tomorrow Project, please visit our Common Questions page.

If you have a question you don’t see here, please get in touch with us.

Thank you for being a part of Alberta’s largest research project!

What is MyAlberta Digital ID (MADI)? 2020-05-25T12:12:42+00:00

MADI is a secure system operated by the Government of Alberta that hosts a number of online services.  Alberta’s Tomorrow Project (ATP) has partnered with MADI as a secure way to login to access the ATP participant portal.

What is the Alberta’s Tomorrow Project (ATP) participant portal? 2020-05-25T14:02:29+00:00

The ATP participant portal is where a number of participant activities can be completed online.

Possibilities include accessing online follow up surveys (such as the new COVID-19 survey), updating contact information, and other possibilities for ATP projects (such as filling out new consent forms and booking appointments).

Once participants have already registered and have accessed the participant portal, they can log back in by going to myatphub.ca.

I already started the COVID-19 survey for ATP. How do I log back in to complete it? 2020-05-20T10:39:16+00:00

If you already accessed the ATP Participant Portal and started the survey, please go to myatphub.ca and log back in to pick up where you left off.

If you have not yet accessed the ATP Participant Portal, you will need to register first before you can begin completing the online survey.  Please refer to our invitation email for instructions.

What is the invitation email you sent me to get started? If I no longer have it, can you resend this to me? 2020-05-22T09:24:15+00:00

The invitation email we sent you will be from Alberta’s Tomorrow Project (tomorrow@ahs.ca) and will have the subject “New COVID-19 survey from Alberta’s Tomorrow Project!“.

This email has the instructions to register if needed and access the online survey.

If you need this resent to you, please go to https://myatp.ca/contact-us to contact us and we would be happy to resend you the invitation email.

I already have a MyAlberta Digital ID (MADI) account. Do I need to sign up for another account for Alberta’s Tomorrow Project (ATP)? 2020-05-20T11:04:19+00:00

No, you do not need to sign up for a new account.  You can use your preexisting MADI account but we still need you to connect this account to the ATP participant portal if you have not done so yet.  If you go straight to the instructions for Step 2 of our invitation email, you will be able to click your personal link and finish the process.

I forgot my MADI username, what do I do? 2020-04-09T15:17:15+00:00

You are able to have your MADI username sent to your personal email by clicking here.

I forgot my MADI password, what do I do? 2020-04-09T15:17:27+00:00

You are able to reset your password by clicking here.

I don’t live in Alberta anymore. Can I still sign up for an account with MADI? 2020-04-09T15:17:39+00:00

Yes, you can still sign up with a basic MADI account and link this to the ATP participant portal, even if you live out of province or out of country.

Is MyAlberta Digital ID (MADI) part of Alberta’s Tomorrow Project (ATP)? 2020-04-09T15:18:00+00:00

No, MADI is a secure system operated by the Government of Alberta but it is separate from ATP.  We are partnered with MADI as a way for ATP participants to securely sign in and access the ATP participant portal which in turn allows them to complete participant tasks online.

I tried to complete this process in the past for ATP but it was too difficult. What should I do? 2020-05-20T11:09:55+00:00

This registration process has been refined since the time when we launched Survey 2017 online.  We received wonderful feedback from participants at that time and we have worked with MADI and our teams at ATP to apply this feedback and make this a much more user-friendly process.

We would love for you to try it out again!

If you require assistance with the process, please visit our registration tutorial page by clicking https://myatp.ca/maditutorial or you can contact us by clicking https://myatp.ca/contact-user and one of the ATP project assistants would be happy to help you with the registration steps.


Can the Government of Alberta, insurance companies, or other organizations gain access to the responses I provide in ATP online surveys? 2020-04-09T15:18:28+00:00

No government office, insurance company, employer, or other organization will have access to your identifying information or survey information under any circumstances.  For more information, please visit our privacy pledge page by clicking here: https://myatp.ca/for-participants/privacy-pledge

Do I need to provide my driver’s license information for ATP? 2020-05-25T14:14:47+00:00

No, for ATP’s purposes, we have no need for you to provide your driver’s license information.  We only require you to have a basic MADI account (not a verified one) to access the ATP participant portal.

MADI does have a verification step which asks for users to provide their driver’s license information but this is for other Government of Alberta online services such as paying for traffic tickets or securely accessing personal immunization records.  Although this step can be very useful in order to access these extra services, this verification step is not required for ATP.

My spouse and I share the same email address and are both ATP participants. Can we both access the ATP participant portal? 2020-05-20T11:17:07+00:00

Unfortunately no.  We understand if you only use one email between the two of you.  However, only one MADI account can be created and therefore only one ATP participant can connect their MADI account to the ATP participant portal per unique email address.

If you have a second email address you could apply to your ATP participant file, please contact us by clicking https://myatp.ca/contact-user and an ATP project assistant would be happy to make this update and sent the invitation email to get started.

Otherwise, the ATP participant who does not have an email on his/her participant file will not be able to complete participant tasks online.

I clicked the blue “Submit” button on the MADI “Create Account” web page but it just sent me back to the top. What happened? 2020-04-09T15:19:22+00:00

This usually indicates that one of the required fields wasn’t filled out correctly.  Please scroll down to see if there is a red error message by any of the fields.  All of the fields are required unless there is an “(optional)” written beside it.

I successfully submitted my MADI “Create Account” web page but cannot find the confirm email MADI said they would send. What can I do? 2020-04-09T15:19:35+00:00

If you have successfully submitted your MADI create account page, you will be prompted to return to the personal email inbox used with your MADI account.  This prompt says to open an email sent from MyAlberta Digital ID (no_replyid@gov.ab.ca) with the subject “Confirm your email address”.

If you cannot see this email in your inbox, please try refreshing your inbox or check your junk mail folder.





I used to have a MADI account, but it expired. What do I do? 2020-04-09T14:57:08+00:00

There is no way to reactivate an account that has expired.  You will need to sign up for a basic account again as if it was a new one.

My PIN isn’t working. What do I do? 2020-05-20T11:19:05+00:00

When you click your personal link in Step 2 of this process, there should be a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that is automatically submitted for you.  Your PIN is the 9 digit number in your personal link.  If you are brought to the ATP PIN page, this means it wasn’t submitted successfully.  You can try to enter and submit this 9 digit number manually but if it still isn’t working, please click https://myatp.ca/contact-user to contact us and one of the ATP project assistants will try to resolve the issue for you.

I’m stuck with the steps required to access the COVID-19 survey online. What can I do? 2020-05-25T14:25:38+00:00

First off, thank you for your efforts with the process thus far! We really appreciate it.

To help you further, we have a couple of options:

1)  Please refer to our MADI tutorial page https://myatp.ca/maditutorial which has the steps broken down into more detail including all of the pictures of what you will see along the way.

2)  If your are still having trouble, please go to our contact us page https://myatp.ca/contact-us and you can get in touch by phone or email and one of the project assistants would be happy to help you with the process and try to troubleshoot where you are getting stuck.

What is the human microbiome? 2018-09-24T16:20:20+00:00

Our bodies are host to a huge array of microorganisms, also known as microbes, which play a significant factor in our overall health. The human microbiome is composed of all the bacteria and other microbes that live in and on the human body.

What is a microbe? 2018-09-24T16:20:11+00:00

A microbe or microorganism is a very small living thing that can only be seen with a microscope. Our human microbiome is made up of trillions of bacteria, a type of microbe, which researchers have discovered play a significant role in keeping us healthy.

What is BioNUGUT and how does it relate to Alberta’s Tomorrow Project? 2018-09-24T16:19:58+00:00

BioNUGUT is the name of the microbiome study Alberta’s Tomorrow Project is involved in. Your participation in the BioNUGUT sub-study does not affect your participation in Alberta’s Tomorrow Project in any way. Alberta’s Tomorrow Project has partnered with Dr. Jane Shearer, Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Calgary, to explore how the trillions of bacteria living on and within us can be used to signal ongoing health.

Why am I being asked to participate in this microbiome study? 2018-09-24T16:19:49+00:00

Alberta’s Tomorrow Project is undertaking a feasibility study to determine whether this microbiome study can be rolled out to the entire cohort. The selection process was completely random, and your involvement in this sub-study does not in any way affect your participation in Alberta’s Tomorrow Project. Your participation is and always will remain completely voluntary.

Why is taking part important? 2018-09-24T16:19:37+00:00

There have been some findings in the broader research community linking gut bacteria to things like obesity, diet preference, and mental health, but the way the microbiome impacts our health is not well understood. There is still so much to investigate, and your participation will potentially allow researchers to discover more about how the microbiome plays a factor in the maintenance of health, or the development of disease. In addition, you are one of the lucky few who get to take part in the feasibility study before Alberta’s Tomorrow Project considers rolling this out to the broader cohort of 55,000.

I was not invited, but I want to participate. What do I do? 2018-09-24T16:19:25+00:00

Unfortunately, participants were randomly invited to take part. We cannot take volunteers at this point in time, but we thank you for your interest!

I received the sample collection kit, but am having trouble collecting a sample. What do I do? 2018-09-24T16:19:16+00:00

Please follow the directions on the cardboard collection container, and reschedule your appointment if you have not had a bowel movement in the day before your appointment. If you are still having issues, please contact us at 1-877-919-9292 so we can assist you directly.

I need to change or cancel my appointment. 2018-09-24T16:19:09+00:00

You can log in to our website at http://myatphub.ca/ to change your appointment. You may also call us at 1-877-919-9292 to let us know.

Do I have to change my diet or medication while taking part in this sub-study? 2018-09-24T16:18:49+00:00

If you are taking antibiotics, we would ask that you let us know when you expect to complete your course of antibiotics. One of the requirements to take part in this sub-study is that you have not taken antibiotics within 3 months of providing your sample. If you are not on antibiotics, please do not change your diet, and continue taking your medication regularly.

What is the CDHQII? 2018-09-26T14:24:35+00:00

The C-DHQ II queries 165 questions of which 153 are food questions, 10 questions are related to nutritional supplement use (vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements), one question asks about the cooking of meat and one asks about vegetarian diets. One hundred and forty-three food questions are queried with portion sizes.

For more information, please visit the following website https://epi.grants.cancer.gov/DHQ/forms/canadian/

How long does the CDHQII take to complete? 2018-09-26T14:22:05+00:00

The CDHQ-II survey will take you approximately 45 minutes to complete.

What is the IPAQ? 2018-09-26T14:20:27+00:00

The IPAQ is an abbreviation for the International Physical Activity Questionnaire. The purpose of the questionnaire is to provide a set of well-developed instruments that can be used internationally to obtain comparable estimates of physical activity. There are two versions of the questionnaire. The short version is suitable for use in national and regional surveillance systems and the long version provides more detailed information often required in research work or for evaluation purposes. The long version produces estimates of physical activity in four domains: work, leisure, transportation and household.

Why am I being asked to answer the IPAQ and CDHQII as part of my involvement in the Microbiome study? 2018-09-26T14:20:22+00:00

By providing a stool sample, blood sample, and information about your diet and activity, researchers will be better able to determine how differing diets and activity levels affect your microbiome. All results will be aggregated and studied on a group, rather than individual, basis.

Do I need to complete the CDHQII and IPAQ surveys in one sitting? 2018-09-26T14:20:15+00:00

No, you can complete either one at your one pace, and in multiple sittings. Your location will be saved in each online survey so you can continue where you left off. You do not need to complete either in a certain order, either.

How long does the IPAQ take to complete? 2018-09-26T14:25:01+00:00

The IPAQ will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete.

What is the difference between the CDHQII and the DHQII? 2018-09-26T14:23:49+00:00

The Canadian Diet History Questionnaire II is a modified version of the American Diet History Questionnaire, which has been adapted for use in Canada. Modifications are minor, but reflect the differences in food availability and fortification practices in both countries.

Who is responsible for adapting the CDHQ from the DHQ? 2018-09-26T14:23:58+00:00

Through the collaborative efforts of Dr. Amy Subar and staff at the Risk Factor Assessment Branch, and Dr. Ilona Csizmadi and colleagues in the Division of Population Health and Information at Alberta Health Services, in Canada, the DHQ was adapted for use in Canada.

Which Internet browser should I use to complete the online surveys? 2018-09-26T13:57:52+00:00

We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari. Participants using Internet Explorer may experience technical issues.

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Can I complete the surveys on a mobile device? 2018-09-26T14:02:49+00:00

Yes, however the survey works best on a desktop or laptop computer.

I am having trouble with the online surveys and I need help. What do I do? 2018-09-26T14:32:19+00:00

We apologize for any difficulties you may experience. Please contact us by phone (1-877-919-9292) or email (tomorrow@ahs.ca) and we’ll be more than happy to help you out.