McMaster University

Peter Boris Centre
for Addictions Research

Scope of Search

Population Assessment for Tomorrow's Health
(PATH) Registry

  • About PATH
  • Participants
  • Project Team
  • Updates

About PATH

Addictive disorders such as alcohol use disorder, nicotine dependence, illicit drug addiction and pathological gambling are among the most widespread psychiatric disorders in Canada and around the world. Approximately one in five Canadians experience addiction over their lifetime. The PATH Registry's purpose is to gather information from volunteers with or without addiction problem to develop a cohort for future research studies that will help us further our understanding of the causes, consequences and treatment of individuals with addiction disorder.

Note: Registration is now closed





  1. Men and women between the age 18 to 65 years old
  2. A resident of Greater Hamilton area
  3. Able to complete the registry requirement


  1. Complete some questionnaires: general personal health and lifestyle questions. Questions on previous medical problems, overall well-being and medicines you are taking.
  2. Simple physical measurements
  3. Provide saliva sample for DNA testing. You will have the option to gain access to your personal genetic information such as genetic report on your traits, health and ancestry from 23andMe, Inc. at no cost.


We will use ID numbers so that there will be no personal identifiers to the information collected from you.


Your participation will not involve any costs to you or your health insurer. We will provide you with parking or bus voucher and a gift card of $30 as a token of appreciation for your participation.

Project Team

Phone number: 905-522-1155 ext 39009 or 39712


Principal Investigator: Dr. James MacKillop

Project Coordinator: Jane de Jesus

Research Assistants: Jessica Gillard, Emily Vandehei, Justin Scherer and Liah Rahman


What a wonderful opportunity - volunteer for research and at the same time gain access to your personal genetic profile such as genetics report on your health, traits and ancestry, at no cost!

23andMe,Inc. is the only direct-to-client genetics company that meet the FDA standards.


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