Maelstrom Research collaborates with a number of study networks and consortia. Below is a list of some the key initiatives on which we are currently working.

For additional information on our partner research networks, visit the Networks section of the Maelstrom Catalogue.

CANUE:  Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium

The Canadian Urban Environmental Health Research Consortium (CANUE) is composed of more than 80 environmental health experts across academia, government, and NGOs. The consortium is creating standardized measures of environmental factors such as air pollution, green space, traffic, noise, weather, and walkability for every neighbourhood in Canada. It also forms a hub for collecting and managing subsequent uses of researcher-created environmental data. By merging such environmental exposure datasets with some of Canada’s largest cohort and health databases, CANUE members will build an unprecedented capacity to study how multiple environmental factors are linked to a wide range of health outcomes.

Partnership details
  • Maelstrom Research provides support for environmental data documentation and linkage with health databases

  • Maelstrom Research facilitates interoperability between CANUE and Maelstrom Research metadata cataloguing efforts

BRAIN:  Broad and Deep Analyses in Neurodegeneration

The BRAIN initiative brings together a team of scientists from across Canada under the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA) umbrella. One of its principal objectives is to leverage three studies and databases in order to carry out “Big Data” analyses. These analyses will provide new insights into dementia and facilitate the search for better treatments and a better understanding of the risk factors for dementia. The BRAIN project aims to position participating studies to work together and to harmonize their data with international groups, which is necessary for exploring gene/environment interactions in dementia as thousands of individuals must be pooled together to have the possibility to generate novel insights.

Partnership details
  • Maelstrom Research develops a platform to facilitate harmonization and integration of data across studies and databases

  • Maelstrom Research evaluates the harmonization potential between participating studies

ReACH:  Research Advancement through Cohort Cataloguing and Harmonization

ReACH is a Maelstrom Research–led project aiming to provide the Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) community with the means to leverage and carry out cutting-edge research. Through the development of a comprehensive web-based catalogue of Canadian pregnancy and birth cohorts and the implementation of a pan-Canadian data harmonization platform, ReACH promotes timely access to research data and samples, increases the potential to share and integrate data across cohorts, and encourages a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to DOHaD research, both in Canada and internationally. Explore the ReACH network in the Maelstrom Catalogue here.

Partnership details
  • Maelstrom Research inventories ReACH participating studies and the variables they collect in the Maelstrom Catalogue

  • Maelstrom Research implements a harmonization platform using its Opal software to facilitate integration and co-analysis of data across pregnancy and birth cohorts

  • Maelstrom Research engages with the DOHaD community to leverage usage of the ReACH catalogue and harmonization platform

MINDMAP:  Promoting mental well-being and healthy ageing in cities

The MINDMAP consortium aims to identify the opportunities offered by the urban environment to promote mental well-being and cognitive function in older individuals. This project brings together longitudinal studies in European and North American cities to explore the causal pathways and multi-level interactions between the urban environment and the social, behavioural, psychosocial, and biological determinants of mental health and cognitive function in aging populations. Explore the MINDMAP network in the Maelstrom Catalogue here.

Partnership details
  • Maelstrom Research supports the data harmonization activities of the MINDMAP consortium

  • Maelstrom Research also provides support in establishing an infrastructure for the co-analysis of data across participating cohort studies

IALSA:  Integrative Analysis of Longitudinal Studies of Aging

The IALSA collaborative network aims to coordinate interdisciplinary, transnational research aimed at understanding within-person aging-related changes in cognitive and physical capabilities, health, personality, and well-being. Comprising investigators from 109 longitudinal aging studies, IALSA undertakes multi-cohort research to permit the evaluation of the replicability and generalizability of results across cohorts and countries. Explore the IALSA network in the Maelstrom Catalogue here.

Partnership details
  • IALSA provided core funding for the development of Maelstrom tools

  • Maelstrom Research inventoried IALSA participating studies and the variables they collect in the Maelstrom Catalogue

CPTP:  Canadian Partnership for Tomorrow Project

The CPTP has endeavoured to create Canada’s largest population health research platform. CPTP is a network of five regional cohort studies that collect a wealth of health, lifestyle, environmental, and bio-sample data on 300,000 Canadians. CPTP aims to help researchers investigate the complex factors leading to cancer and other chronic diseases. Explore the CPTP network in the Maelstrom Catalogue here.

Partnership details
  • Maelstrom Research leads data harmonization activities across the five regional CPTP cohorts and documents the entire process using its Opal software 

  • Maelstrom Research inventories the CPTP regional cohorts and the variables they collect in the Maelstrom Catalogue

  • Maelstrom Research develops a central web portal powered by its Mica software, which will provide a single point of access for harmonized data to external researchers who wish to use CPTP data

CLSA:  Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging

The CLSA collects information on the changing biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle, and economic aspects of people’s lives in order to understand how, individually and in combination, they have an impact both on the maintenance of health and on the development of disease and disability as people age. The CLSA will follow approximately 50,000 individuals across Canada between 45 and 85 years of age, for at least 20 years. Explore the CLSA study in the Maelstrom Catalogue here.

Partnership details
  • Maelstrom Research has customized its Onyx, Opal, and Mica software to support CLSA data collection, data management, and data dissemination requirements. The Onyx software is being used in the CLSA data collection centre. Opal serves as CLSA's data management platform, while CLSA's data portal is powered by Mica

  • Maelstrom Research also works with CLSA to help facilitate data harmonization (both prospective and retrospective) with other large population-based studies around the world

P3G2:  Policy Partnerships Project for Genomic Governance

P3G is a not-for-profit consortium that provides the international research community with access to expertise, resources, and innovative tools for health and social science research. P3G works with researchers from around the world to encourage collaboration between researchers and biobankers; promote data harmonization; optimize the design and setup of studies, biobanks, research databases and other similar health and social research infrastructure; and facilitate the transfer of knowledge.

Partnership details
  • Maelstrom Research was created as an independent research program of the P3G in 2012. The different components of the Maelstrom platform were initially developed under the P3G consortium