Statistics Canada is inviting researchers to apply for access to blood, urine and DNA samples from the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS) for use in health studies. The biospecimens are available to any Canadian researcher that completes a review process and would benefit from this national population survey of about 5,600 participants per collection cycle. Proposals must be submitted by June 30 by completing the application form. Visit the CHMS biobank website for more information.
Colleagues form the Canadian Labour Market and Skills Researcher Network (CLSRN) just released a series of eight research papers on Canada’s retirement income system. Among them, three papers used confidential microdata files accessed through RDCs to look at important policy questions: Kevin Milligan examines issues around employer-provided pensions, Tammy Schirle looks at poverty among seniors, while Ted McDonald and Chris Worswick focus on the experience of older immigrants.
A few places are still available in several courses, introductory level or advanced, offered as part of the summer schools organized by Western University and QICSS. An excellent opportunity to discover statistical analysis or to improve your skills!