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Title: Center for Alaska Native Health Research fp - Progress update (pdf)

Summary of Activity

The Center for Alaska Native Health Research (CANHR) was established in 2001 through a five-year grant awarded by the National Institutes of Health, National Center for Research Resources to the University of Alaska Fairbanks. CANHR’s overall goal is to achieve a permanent and sustainable research center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks with the primary theme of investigating obesity and chronic disease-related risk and protective factors. CANHR is developing unique biomedical knowledge and translating it into research for the prevention and reduction of health disparities among Alaska Natives.  In 2007 the NIH renewed the center’s grant for $11 million for another five years to build on CANHR’s research findings on obesity and its relationship to diabetes and cardiovascular disease among Alaska Natives. To build a collaborative research presence in Alaska Native communities, three themes guide CANHR researchers.

In summary, the Center for Alaska Native Health Research embraces a model for research that is collaborative. At every stage of the research, faculty and staff work with tribal groups and health care agencies to frame research questions, develop methodologies and procedures, and to interpret and apply data to prevention and treatment.
As part of the IPY, CANHR currently provides support for several research projects, four of which are funded by NIH/NCRR COBRE grant P20 RR016430 (Gerald V. Mohatt, PI), and six NIH-funded  independent investigator projects. These projects and their principle investigators are as follows.
COBRE-funded projects:

Independent Investigator Projects:    

CANHR also provides support to an NSF IPY project, Negotiating Pathways to Adulthood (James R. Allen, PI) and two graduate student projects: Research Capacity Building through Community-Based Dissemination of Genetics Research Among Yup’ik Eskimos (Kathleen M. West, MS graduate student) and Successful Aging through the Eyes of Alaska Natives: The Health and Wellbeing of Alaska Native Elders in Bristol Bay, AK (Jordan Lewis, PhD graduate student).

Gerald Mohatt

ID number: NI 6
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