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Cohort Acronym

Cohort type
General population-based cohort

Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease

Participant type
No diagnosis

Recruitment Period 2009-2013|2013-2015 
Sample size at start or planned sample size if still recruiting 43000  
Estimated Current Sample Size 20,000 to 49,999 
Age at Recruitment 40-69   
Gender Male and Female 

The CARTaGENE (CaG) study is both a population-based biobank and the largest ongoing prospective health study of men and women in Quebec. CaG targeted the segment of the population that is most at risk of developing chronic disorders, that is 40-69 years of age, from six census metropolitan areas in Quebec. The sampling was stratified by age, sex and postal groups and is proportional to the density of the population in these areas. Over 43,000 participants consented to visiting 1 of 12 assessment sites where detailed health and socio-demographic information, physiological measures and biological samples (blood, serum and urine) were captured. Participants are followed-up based on linkage to governmental health administrative databases and direct reassessment through a web portal.

Last update 21/09/2017

Country Canada 
Contact details
Institution name CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre 
Principal Investiator (PI) Dr Anne-Monique Nuyt and Dr Sebastien Jacquemont 
Contact email Email: [email protected] PI emails: [email protected] and [email protected] 
Contact phone number Tel: 514-343-7703 ext. 6393 
Address CHU Sainte-Justine Research Centre
3333 Queen-Mary, Office 490/493
H3V 1A2
Qc, CA 
Funders (Core support) Genome Quebec, CPAC 

Variables Collected

Brain related measures: Cognitive function, Mental health, Neurological
Funtional rating: N/A
Anthropometric: Blood pressure, Height, Hip circumference, Waist circumference, Weight
Physical: Cardiovascular, Hearing and Vision, Musculoskeletal, Reproductive, Respiratory
Biological samples: Blood, Saliva, Urine
Genotyping: Gene screening
Brain imaging: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Brain banking: N/A
Lifestyle: Alcohol, Dietary habits, Physical activity, Smoking
Socio-economic: Education, Ethnic group, Family circumstances, Housing and accommodation, Income and finances, Informal support, Marital status, Occupation and employment, Unpaid care
Health service utilisation: Formal health and social care service utilisation including private care
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