Community Health & Epidemiology Seminar Series

Vanessa DeClercq, PhD

Research Scientist and Liaison Officer, Atlantic Partnership for Tomorrow's Health (PATH)

Affiliate Scientist, Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute

Adjunct Member, Department of Community Health & Epidemiology

A glimpse into a living population laboratory – the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP)


This seminar will provide an overview of the Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project (CPTP) — a large prospective study with data on over 300,000 Canadians spanning six regional cohorts across the country. The CPTP research platform allows researchers to explore how environment, genetics, lifestyle and behaviour interact and contribute to the development of chronic diseases. The CPTP platform maintains harmonized and de-identified self-reported data, about health, lifestyle, environment and behaviour of participants. Large subsets of participants have also provided physical measures and biological samples, including genomic profiles. Participants in the CPTP cohort have also consented to linkage to provincial and national administrative health databases for 30 years. Researchers are already integrating CPTP data into their own studies. During this seminar, specific case studies that utilize different types of data/samples will be explored. This seminar will also touch on ongoing enrichment activities and the access process. Don't miss out on potential research possibilities with CPTP!


Dr. DeClercq serves as the Research Liaison Officer and a Research Scientist at Atlantic PATH. She also holds an adjunct appointment in the Department of Community Health & Epidemiology at Dalhousie University and a Part-time Faculty position in the Department of Applied Human Nutrition at Mount Saint Vincent University. She completed her Ph.D. in Foods and Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba and then fulfilled two postdoctoral fellowships, one at Dalhousie University and the other at Texas A&M University. Dr. DeClercq's research has maintained a continuous focus in nutrition and the development of chronic diseases, while expanding from the basic sciences to population health. Dr. DeClercq's most recent work focuses on understanding the role of lifestyle behaviours such as diet quality and physical activity in chronic disease and multimorbidity, as well as the relationship between adiposity and biomarkers in chronic conditions.​


Lectures, Seminars




CH&E Classroom, Room 409, Centre for Clinical Research, 5790 University Avenue, Halifax, NS



Contact; 902-494-3860