• Portrait of Robert Tate
  • Senior scholar

    Max Rady College of Medicine
    Community Health Sciences
    Room P218 – 770 Bannatyne Avenue
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3E 0W2

    Phone: 204-789-3667

Research themes

Research affiliations

  • Research Affiliate, Centre on Aging, University of Manitoba

Research summary

Housed at the University of Manitoba since 1948, the Manitoba Follow-up Study (MFUS) began as a prospective cohort study of the cardiovascular health of 3,983 World War II young male RCAF aircrew recruits

Dr. Tate has been a member of the MFUS research team since 1975 as a junior computer programmer, data base developer, programmer analyst, doctoral student, research associate and today, director.

The research focus of MFUS has been expanded from the study of cardiovascular disease, to include the epidemiology of other chronic conditions, challenges with healthy and successful aging, and end-of-life functional trajectories.


Dr. Robert Tate is a senior scholar in community health sciences at Rady Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He is also director of MFUS, Canada’s longest running prospective study of cardiovascular disease and aging.

He completed a bachelor’s degree in mathematics at University of Winnipeg in 1973 and a master’s degree in statistics at the University of Manitoba in 1975. He then began his career with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba as a biostatistician with the Manitoba Follow-up Study.

Twenty-five years later, he completed a PhD in cardiovascular epidemiology, transitioned to an academic appointment and is now a senior scholar community health sciences.

His primary research interest lies with this long-term study, but he has collaborated with many local, national and international health researchers.

Dr. Tate has contributed to over 170 peer-reviewed publications in journals of health policy, general medicine, epidemiology, cardiovascular disease and gerontology. More than 50 of these publications come from research results of MFUS, co-authored with his staff, students and team of co-investigators.

Now out of classroom teaching and other administrative responsibilities, he maintains an active research program as director of MFUS.




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Community Health Sciences
Max Rady College of Medicine
Room S113 - 750 Bannatyne Avenue
University of Manitoba (Bannatyne campus)
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0W3 Canada