The Canadian Alliance for Healthy Hearts and Minds or ‘The Alliance’ for short, is a landmark national research study aimed at understanding the causes and the development of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, dementia and cancer.
From 2013-2017, approximately 9,700 participants, aged 35-69, from across Canada will be invited to participate in the Alliance and will undergo measures, including an MRI scan, provide blood samples and detailed information about themselves and their environments, and agree to have their health followed.
This research will capitalize on Canada’s geographic and ethnic diversity, including participants of European descent, South Asians, East Asian, African origin and reserve-based Aboriginal people throughout the Canadian provinces. We will learn how ethnicity, lifestyle and environmental factors have an impact on the function of our heart, brain and blood vessels. This will lay the groundwork for understanding how the way we lead our lives can impact on our health and will allow for political decisions to improve quality of life and longevity.