Why The LIFE Project?

Cancer and cardiovascular disease (CVD) are the biggest contributors to morbidity and premature mortality worldwide, killing more Black individuals in the US and the Caribbean than any other ethnic/racial group.

While these diseases are related to genetic and lifestyle practices, studying genetically similar Black populations in various geographic locations can help us understand the role of place on disease risk and outcomes.

The process



The study will contact participants from the third Jamaica Health and Lifestyle Survey (JHLS-III). Focus groups were conducted among JHLS-III participants and study staff to guide strategies to improve recruitment and retention of participants for this cohort.



We will reenrol JHLS-III participants and expand the sampling frame by recruiting men and non-pregnant women aged 30-70 years old from the same communities to create a longitudinal cohort (follow up study) of 8,000 Jamaican residents.

We need your consent

Informed consent explaining the risks and benefits of participating in the study and the right to withdraw at any time will be clearly communicated to all potential study participants. Training of staff will be conducted to maintain confidentiality and data integrity. Information will be stored in a secure electronic environment that meets national and international data security standards.

“ I think the Study is a good thing and it should be continued.”

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About Us

At The Life Project, we study the causes of cancer, cardiovascular illnesses and diabetes to better understand, diagnose, treat and prevent these diseases in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.


For Participants

Interested in participating in the life study? Your participation will help us to maximise the chances of learning lifesaving information about cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.



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The Science

We are studying the causes of cancer and cardiovascular illnesses & diabetes to better understand, how to prevent, diagnose & treat black patients in Jamaica and the rest of the Caribbean.