ICHR funds and creates research training opportunities, translates and distributes research, and makes information resources readily available:
We provide scholarships, fellowships, and research allowance to graduate students, supervising trainees’ practicum and thesis research.
We sponsor and organize workshops and training modules in specific health topics and research methods.
We maintain close connections between researchers and decision-makers through workshops, briefings, and conferences to ensure that research results are rapidly translated to health policies, programs and services.
We synthesize and adapt research evidence for northern populations through systematic reviews, practice guidelines, expert panels, and consensus conferences.
We co-publish the International Journal of Circumpolar Health and Circumpolar Health Supplements.
We offer valuable links to individuals, organizations, and resources related to circumpolar health research through our website, as well as through our growing reference library and repository of circumpolar health books, reports, statistical data, and research protocols.
Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto
ICHR signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of Toronto in January 2010. This agreement has been a key component in developing and supplementing research policy that informs northern-based research and education.
Setting a Research Agenda
In a partnership between the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, IHPME, and the ICHR, shared efforts to develop a research agenda and training in circumpolar health systems were approached through a circumpolar health research working group that has advocated for governance renewal, and held workshops on research priorities. Efforts have resulted in renewal of a MOU between ICHR and University of Toronto, and a publication highlighting directions for a collaborative research agenda for health systems performance.
Support for Northern-based Faculty
Susan Chatwood, Scientific Director of ICHR, is an assistant professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health and an associate member of the School of Graduate Studies. These affiliations recognize ICHR’s role in advising and supervising graduate students and conducting research that conforms to high standards of research integrity. Support for northern-based faculty has enabled ICHR to secure grants from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and become the first northern-based institute to hold these national research funds and enhance the engagement of northern regions in the circumpolar health research dialogue.
This partnership is highlighted in Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s 2014-2015 Annual Report and IHPME’s 2014 Annual Highlights.
U of T:
- Adalsteinn Brown, Dean, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
- Dr. Howard Hu, Director and Professor of Public Health Sciences, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
- Dr. Angela Mashford-Pringle, Assistant Professor and Associate Director for the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, Dalla Lana School of Public Health
- Susan Chatwood, Assistant Professor (non-status)
Aurora Research Institute
ICHR signed an affiliation agreement with the Aurora College in September 2020. This agreement outlines the development of key collaborations for training and operational support that supplements and informs northern-based research and education.
Aurora Research Institute and the ICHR, we will collaborate to support community involvement in health research, enhance health education and build capacity in both organizations for northern led research collaborations through the Research Support Fund.
The Research Support Fund assists Canadian postsecondary institutions and their affiliated research hospitals and institutes with the expenses associated with managing the research funded by the three federal research granting agencies:
- the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR);
- the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC);
- and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC).
Research Support Fund grants can be used to: maintain modern labs and equipment; provide access to up-to-date knowledge resources; provide research management and administrative support; meet regulatory and ethical standards; and transfer knowledge from academia to the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. For more information please visit the Research Support Fund main page http://www.rsf-fsr.gc.ca/
- Joel McAlister, VP Research, Aurora Research Institute
- Dr. Pertice Moffitt, Manager/Instructor, Health Research Programs, Aurora Research Institute
- Kimberly Fairman, Executive Director, ICHR
School of Public Health, University of Alberta
In 2014, the School of Public Health signed an affiliation agreement with ICHR to provide core support to develop research capacity in the North, facilitate faculty and student outreach, and liaise with territorial governments and regional health authorities. Funding is provided by the Vice-Provost and the School of Public Health for three years and supports research in the north, engagement of northerners, and partnerships for University of Alberta projects. Click here for the most recent partnership report between the School of Public Health and ICHR.
Setting a Research Agenda
Shared efforts to develop a research agenda and training in circumpolar health systems were approached through a circumpolar health research working group that has advocated for governance renewal, and held workshops on research priorities. These efforts have resulted in developing of a memorandum of understanding between ICHR and University of Alberta, and a publication highlighting directions for a collaborative research agenda for health systems performance. The University of Alberta School of Public Health has also engaged in a governance workshop, which informed the terms for the current memorandum of understanding and strategic planning for ICHR.
Research in the North
- University of Alberta is supporting the Pan-Canadian SPOR network in Primary and Integrated Health Care Innovations through annual funding for core operations at ICHR
- ICHR served as a northern base for University of Alberta’s engagement in research on Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Circumpolar regions
- ICHR is providing administrative and project support to the Circumpolar Health Systems Innovation team
Funding from the University of Alberta led Circumpolar Health Systems Innovation team has supported University of Alberta’s undergraduate students through the Denchinta/ ICHR health research scholarship.See More
Institute for Circumpolar Health Research Health Internships 2015/16
The goal of the research internship is to provide research experience to students and emerging health professionals interested in health and wellness fields and health research in circumpolar regions. We aim to provide practical experience working in the field of research under the supervision of an established researcher or Elder.
Participants have the opportunity to participate in an existing health research project at the Institute for Circumpolar Health Research in Yellowknife. Activities for the internship are developed in consultation with ICHR researchers.
Applications close in July and reopen in February of the following year.