Our Goals

Our ultimate goal is to help everyone to live longer healthy lives – to extend healthy life expectancy.

One way to achieve this is to gain healthy years currently lost to disabilities due to common chronic disorders of brain and body: depression, addictions, dementia, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, high cholesterol and obesity.

In Canada, the cost associated with these disorders is close to $80 billion per year. This is because they are common and often start in adolescence and stay with the person for the rest of his/her life.

The best way to reduce disabilities associated with these disorders is to prevent them altogether or make sure they do not "flare up" frequently, get worse over time or cause other disorders (e.g. obesity and type-2 diabetes increase the risk of dementia).

Because these disorders are complex – they are caused by both our genes and our environment – we need to study in detail brains and bodies in large numbers of multi-generational families from our communities in order to find out what the best predictors of the individual risks are.

Once we know that – we will be able to provide personalized advice and treatment to prevent the emergence of these disorders in a given person or – at least – to minimize their impact on the person's quality of life.

The goals of prediction and prevention will be even more attainable using knowledge we will gain over time. This will be achieved through a collaboration with the Ontario Health Study (OHS), in which TTBBS participants are encouraged to take part; the OHS is a long-term study with multiple follow ups over years.

Learning to prevent and thrive!