[PhD Opportunity]: Selenoneine in marine ecosystems of Nunavik

[ENGLISH FOLLOWS]:

Description du projet

Le projet sera réalisé dans le cadre de Sentinelle Nord (http://sentinellenord.ulaval.ca/fr/recherche/lumiere-et-ocean-arctique-en-changement-comprendreles-liens-complexes-entre-les ), sous la direction des Profs. Pierre Ayotte et Mélanie Lemire, en collaboration avec Profs. Matthew Little, Émilien Pelletier et d’autres co-chercheurs.

En Arctique, les aliments de la mer occupent une place primordiale dans la culture et la subsistance des Inuit. Des études récentes montrent des concentrations importantes de sélénonéine dans le mattaaq de béluga, un aliment très prisé par les Inuit et comprenant de la peau de béluga, et des concentrations moindres de sélénonéine dans d’autres espèces marines consommées par les Inuit. Des concentrations exceptionnelles de sélénonéine ont aussi été retrouvées dans le sang des Inuit qui consomment du mattaaq et surtout chez les femmes Inuit. Des chasseurs Inuit ont mentionné que les femmes consomment préférentiellement le mattaaq de la queue des bélugas et soulevé l’hypothèse que le mattaaq de cette partie du mammifère pourrait être plus riche en sélénonéine.

La sélénonéine est un analogue de l’ergothionéine, qui est reconnue pour ses propriétés antioxidantes, et certaines études suggèrent que la sélénonéine pourrait contribuer à diminuer les effets néfastes du mercure qui est retrouvé dans certains aliments consommés par les Inuit. La sélénonéine serait uniquement produite par certaines espèces de bactéries et de champignons. Jusqu’à présent, aucun producteur primaire de sélénonéine n’a été identifié dans les écosystèmes marins Arctiques et tout porte à croire que le microbiote marin pourrait y jouer un rôle important.

Le présent projet vise donc à étudier la sélénonéine à la fois dans les mammifères marins – avec une emphase sur le béluga – et chez les Inuit, pour mieux en identifier ses sources au sein des écosystèmes marins au Nunavik et ses effets pour la santé des Inuit. Ce projet interdisciplinaire et réalisé en collaboration avec différents partenaires Inuit, aura une composante importante en laboratoire (analyses de sélénonéine et de microbiote). Il comportera également un volet en épidémiologie (analyses statistiques avancées) pour étudier les associations entre l’apport en sélénonéine, l’exposition au méthylmercure et certaines mesures de santé des Inuit dans le cadre de l’Enquête de santé Qanuilirpitaa 2017.

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The project description

The project will be carried out within Sentinel North (http://sentinellenord.ulaval.ca/en/research/bright-bridging-global-change-inuit-health-andtransforming-arctic-ocean), under the supervision of Profs. Pierre Ayotte and Mélanie Lemire, in collaboration with Profs. Matthew Little, Émilien Pelletier and other co-investigators.

In the Arctic, seafood is an important part of Inuit culture and sustenance. Recent studies show elevated concentrations of selenoneine in beluga mattaaq (beluga skin with underlying fat layer), a delicacy highly praised by Inuit; meanwhile, lower concentrations of selenoneine were found in other marine species consumed by Inuit. Exceptionally high concentrations of selenoneine were also measured in the blood of Inuit who consume mattaaq, and especially in Inuit women. Inuit hunters have mentioned that women preferentially consume the mattaaq of belugas’ tails and raised the hypothesis that the mattaaq from this part of the animal could be higher in selenoneine.

Selenoneine, an analogue of ergothioneine, is well-known for its anti-oxidant properties, and some studies suggest that selenoneine may help reduce the adverse effects of methylmercury found in some foods consumed by Inuit. Selenoneine is only produced by certain species of bacteria and fungi. So far, no primary producer of selenoneine has been identified in Arctic marine ecosystems and there is every reason to believe that the marine microbiota could play an important role.

This project therefore aims to study selenoneine, both in marine mammals – with an emphasis on the beluga – and among Inuit, to better identify its sources within marine ecosystems in Nunavik and its effects on Inuit health. This interdisciplinary project will be carried out in collaboration with various Inuit partners and will have an important laboratory component (selenoneine and microbiota analyses). It will also include an epidemiology component (advanced statistical analyses) to investigate associations between selenoneine intake, methylmercury exposure, and selected health measures obtained during the 2017 Qanuilirpitaa Health Survey.

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[REGISTRATION OPEN]: ArcticNet 2018

Dear ArcticNet colleagues,

Registration for the 2018 ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM2018) is now open.

 

The ASM2018 will be held from December 10-14, 2018 at the Shaw Centre in Ottawa, Canada. Take advantage of preferential rates until November 7:

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 Please note that the preferential rate for Inuit, Inuit Association Representative or Northern Resident category will be maintained throughout the registration process.

 

As the largest Arctic & Northern research gathering held in Canada, the ArcticNet ASM is the ideal venue to:

§  access the best possible research from all fields of Arctic and Northern science,

§  participate in discussions on the challenges and opportunities arising from climate change and modernization in the North, and,

§  maintain and develop collaborations among all those who share an interest in the Arctic and its peoples.

 

Hotel Reservations

To ensure room availability and to obtain the conference rates, we strongly recommend booking your accommodations as soon as possible. After completing your registration, please visit the ‘Venue’ section of the conference website for details. 

 

Student Elevator Pitch Contest

Once again, Student Day participants will have the opportunity to present their science by means of an Elevator Pitch. Contestants will have one minute and one slide to pitch their research project and pique the public’s curiosity. Judges will award 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes to the top elevator pitches, and the audience will be able to vote for a People’s Choice Award. All awards will be presented at the Gala Banquet on Thursday, December 13th, 2018.

 

To apply to participate in the Student Elevator Pitch Contest, students must fill out this form. Please note that a limited number of places are open for this contest. Applications must be sent by 11:59pm EST on October 19, 2018.

 

Visit the ASM2018 Website

Information on the conference, venue, lodging, child care services and registration is available on the ASM2018 website at: http://www.arcticnetmeetings.ca/asm2018/index.php.

  

Please join us in Ottawa and help make the 2018 ArcticNet Annual Scientific Meeting a success!

 

Warm regards,

 

Leah Braithwaite

Executive Director – ArcticNet

 

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Chers collègues de l’Arctique,

Vous pouvez dès maintenant vous inscrire à la réunion scientifique annuelle 2018 d’ArcticNet (ASM2018).

L’ASM2018 se tiendra du 10 au 14 décembre 2018 au Centre Shaw d’Ottawa, Canada. Bénéficiez des tarifs préférentielsjusqu’au 7 novembre :

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 Veuillez prendre note que le tarif préférentiel pour la catégorie Inuit, représentant d’association inuite ou résident du Nord sera maintenu tout au long de la période d’inscription.

Étant la plus importante réunion sur la recherche arctique et nordique tenue au Canada, l’ASM d’ArcticNet est l’événement idéal pour :

§  avoir accès à la meilleure recherche issue de tous les champs de la science arctique et nordique,

§  participer aux discussions concernant les défis et opportunités émergents, engendrés par les changements climatiques et la modernisation dans le Nord, et

§  maintenir et développer les partenariats entre personnes ayant des intérêts communs pour l’Arctique et ses résidents

Réservations d’hôtels

Afin de vous assurer de la disponibilité des chambres et obtenir les tarifs préférentiels associés à la conférence, nous vous recommandons fortement de réserver votre hébergement dès que possible. Une fois votre inscription complétée, visitez la section «Site» du site web de la conférence pour obtenir plus de détails.

Concours d’argumentaire éclair pour étudiants

Une fois de plus, les participants à la Journée étudiante auront la possibilité de promouvoir leur science au moyen d’un argumentaire éclair. Munis d’une seule diapositive, les concurrents disposeront d’une minute pour résumer leur projet de recherche et piquer la curiosité du public. Un jury attribuera trois prix aux meilleurs argumentaires et le public pourra voter pour décerner le Prix du Public. Les prix seront remis lors du banquet du jeudi 13 décembre 2018.

 

Pour participer au concours d’argumentaire éclair, les étudiants doivent remplir ce formulaire. Veuillez prendre note que le nombre de places disponibles pour ce concours est limité. Les applications doivent être envoyées avant le 19 octobre 2018, 23h59 EST.

 

Visitez le site web de l’ASM2018

De plus amples informations sur la conférence, le site, l’hébergement, le service de garde et l’inscription sont disponibles sur le site web à : http://www.arcticnetmeetings.ca/asm2018/index-fr.php.

Au plaisir de vous accueillir en grand nombre à Ottawa!

Salutations,

Leah Braithwaite

Directrice exécutive – ArcticNet

[CALL FOR ABSTRACTS]: Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario 

This year the Association of Public Health Epidemiologists in Ontario (APHEO) will be hosting its annual conference and workshop on November 25-27, 2018 in Niagara Falls, Ontario. This year’s event will focus on public health’s new mandate, evidence-informed decision-making, tools and methods for assessing health inequities, and networking and collaboration.
 
Abstract submissions are now open until July 13th for the 2018 APHEO Conference and Workshop. Abstracts for oral presentations or posters are accepted from university faculty and students. Please visit the APHEO website for more information: https://www.apheo.ca/2018-conference-workshop
 
The APHEO conference and workshop offers many opportunities for students, including: discounted student registration rates, students can showcase their research, formal student networking event with local epidemiologists and other public health professionals, and students can learn about emerging issues in public health epidemiology and potential career opportunities.
 
Registration for the 2018 APHEO conference and workshop will open in September 2018.
 
 
Sincerely,
 
Mackenzie Slifierz, PhD
Chair, APHEO Conference Planning Committee
Epidemiologist, City of Hamilton
905-546-2424 ext. 4868

[CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS]: Unite for Sight’s Global Health University

Unite For Sight’s Global Health University offers more than 20 online certificate programs. In celebration of the 9-year anniversary of Unite For Sight’s certificate programs, we are offering the opportunity from now until June 15th to “Buy One Certificate and Get One Certificate Free.”After registering for the certificate programs, you may thereafter complete the curriculum at your convenience. The 3-step enrollment process for this opportunity is included below.

Registration steps:

  1. Review the 20 certificate options
  2. Register for one or more certificates. From now until June 15th, for each one certificate in which you enroll, you may additionally register for one additional certificate.
  3. After enrolling in at least one certificate, if you would like to enroll in a second certificate for free, send an email to adavis@uniteforsight.org with a copy of your receipt and a request to register for a second certificate. Be sure to specify the exact name of the second certificate program for which you would like to enroll. The second certificate is available only to the original registrant and cannot be transferred to another individual.

The certificates include written courses as well as recorded expert panel discussions, and all of these course materials are freely available to review online. To access the free course material, simply click below on the certificate topics that are of interest to you. Please feel free to forward this message to colleagues, students, and friends who may be interested in the online course materials.

Unite For Sight is a nonprofit organization committed to excellence in global health, and the online certificate programs are designed to develop and nurture current and future global health leaders.  After enrolling, participants may complete the certificate coursework at their own pace.

[JOB]: Arctic Project Manager

We are announcing an exciting opportunity to work as project manager in the APECS International Directorate and the German Arctic Office at AWI! 

The Alfred Wegener Institute Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI) is a member of the Helmholtz Association (HGF) and funded by federal and state government. AWI focuses on polar and marine research in a variety of disciplines such as biology, oceanography, geology, geochemistry and geophysics thus allowing multidisciplinary approaches to scientific goals. The AWI invites applications for a Project Manager to support its German Arctic Office and the APECS International Directorate Office, both based at the AWI research center in Potsdam, Germany.

You will be a member of both offices at AWI Potsdam, working 50% for the German Arctic Office and 50% for the APECS International Directorate Office. Your tasks will include but are not limited to: (1) supporting and assisting both offices in the management of projects and events including their planning, coordination and implementation; (2) helping with the communication and public relations of both offices, including assisting with the websites and social media and the development of promotional materials; (3) handling of administrative tasks for both offices including the maintenance of mailing lists and various financial and accounting tasks and reporting.

Application Deadline: 27 June 2018

The position is full-time and limited to two years. Please note that excellent written and oral German and English language skills are needed for this position.

More information about the requirements and the full position description are available on theAPECS website or on the AWI website.

 

About the German Arctic Office and APECS:

German Arctic Office: Established by AWI January 2017, in consultation with the Federal Foreign Office and the Federal Ministry for Education and Research, the German Arctic Office serves as an information and cooperation platform for German stakeholders from science, politics and industry. The office advises the Federal Government on Arctic issues and fosters Germany’s participation in the Arctic Council’s scientific activities. The German Arctic Office initiates and organizes national Arctic meetings and events in cooperation with partners from science, politics and industry, and supports the federal government in the representation of German Arctic research and policy at international conferences.

Association of Polar Early Career Scientists (APECS)APECS is an international and interdisciplinary organization for undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early faculty members, educators and others with interest in Polar and Alpine Regions and the wider cryosphere. APECS aims to 1) create a network of polar researchers across disciplines and national boundaries to meet, share ideas and experiences, and develop new research directions and collaborations; 2) provide the opportunity for career development for both traditional and alternative polar and cryosphere professions; c) promote education and outreach as an integral component of polar research and to stimulate future generations of polar researchers. The International Directorate Office of the organization is funded and hosted by the AWI in Potsdam.

[JOBS]: Public Health Openings in Nova Scotia

Job Posting: Health Equity Consultant (permanent position) 

https://jobs.nshealth.ca/job/Antigonish-Consultant-Health-Equity-Public-Health-EZ-Nova-B2G-2G4/358012117/

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Job Posting:  Manager – Health Protection, Science and System Performance

https://jobs.nshealth.ca/job/Multiple-Locations-Manager-Health-Protection%2C-Science-and-System-Performance-Nova-B3B-0E8/357986117/

[JOB]: Expert Public Health Training and Capacity Building Unit: Public Health Capacity and Communication

Applications are invited for the above Temporary Agent post at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Job description

The Jobholder will report to the Head of Section Public Health Training. He/She will be responsible in particular for the following areas of work:

 Organise training courses under the continuous professional development programme, supporting the ECDC sections and disease programmes, in different formats (face-toface, e-learning and blended), including content development;

 Curate training content and materials, in the ECDC training virtual platform hosting those and administer the platform;

 Develop a strategy for and moderate communities of practice in a collaborative virtual workspace in the area of public health training;

 Provide continuous professional development support to supervisors in the ECDC Fellowship Programme and to other national health professionals contributing to the cascading of ECDC training activities;

 Support internal and external networking in the area of public health training and capacity building;

 Other training-related activities as needed;

 Contributing to other activities of ECDC as required, within his/her field of competence.

MORE INFO AND LINK HERE.

[POST-DOC]: Multicultural Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Alaska

Multicultural Post-Doctoral Fellow, Joint Appointment Department of Health Sciences/Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies

APPLY NOWJOB NO:509127
CLASSIFICATION:Post Doctoral Fellow non represented
GRADE:Non-Union Faculty Grade 40
WORK TYPE:Post Doc
ADMINISTRATIVE UNIT:University of Alaska Anchorage
SCHOOL/BUSINESS UNIT:College of Health
LOCATION:Anchorage
CATEGORIES:Health Profession

Position Summary:

This is one of six multicultural postdoctoral fellowships being provided at UAA starting in August 2018. These fellowships have twin goals: (1) to enrich multiculturalism within the College of Health and (2) to enhance the educational experience of students by bringing multicultural perspectives to teaching and research within DHS and ICHS. The Department of Health Sciences (DHS) and the Institute for Circumpolar Health Studies (ICHS) at the University of Alaska Anchorage are pleased to offer a joint Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellowship. DHS is the academic home to the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Program (BSHS), the Master of Public Health Program (MPH), and the MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant Program (PA). The DHS mission is to advance health sciences through the educational opportunities of academic training, research, and community service in order to improve the well-being of the diverse peoples of Alaska and the circumpolar north. ICHS is a small, applied health research unit within the College of Health. Research at ICHS addresses health outcomes, determinants, policies and interventions that are important to the people of Alaska and other circumpolar regions. Alaska’s rural and multicultural environment calls for a multidisciplinary approach to defining health problems and identifying appropriate solutions.

Duties:

Teaching: The Multicultural Postdoctoral Fellow will teach one class per semester in either the BSHS or MPH program. Research: The Fellow will have the opportunity to work with faculty mentors within DHS and ICHS on one or more ongoing research projects and also to develop his or her own research agenda related to health concerns of Alaska Native people, other minorities, and multicultural populations. The Fellow will have the opportunity to apply for pilot research project funding through a number of NIH Institutional Development Award Programs (IDeA) including the American Indian/Alaska Native Clinical and Translational Research Program (AI/AN CTRP). Service: The Fellow will participate in departmental activities related to curriculum development, student recruitment, student success, or community outreach. The Fellow will also mentor students with similar research interests.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
Successful candidates will be prepared to teach health sciences courses in the BSHS program or public health courses in the MPH program.

Research interests should include population health challenges such as behavioral and mental health concerns, chronic disease, trauma, suicide, or other health conditions that show significant disparities across cultural groups in Alaska.

Required Experience:
Teaching or mentoring undergraduate public health, health sciences, or health education students.   Working with diverse populations.

Participating in health research.  Health disparities or multicultural health research experience preferred.

Typical Education or Training:
Applicants must have a PhD or other appropriate terminal degree, for example DrPH, in one of a variety of fields including, but not limited to, behavioral and social sciences, biological and natural sciences, public policy, and public health.

Applicants who are have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation (ABD) will be considered, however, employment is contingent upon conferral of the PhD before the appointment start date in August 2018.

Application Procedures:
Applicants must upload the following documents to their online application in order to be considered for the position:

  1. Cover letter that addresses eligibility requirements and indicate how the candidate demonstrates a commitment to bringing U.S. racial and ethnic diversity perspectives to the department, college, and/or university.
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Up to a two page description of your teaching philosophy, including how you would bring a multicultural perspective to courses taught.
  4. A brief description of scholarly interests and planned research to be performed during the Fellowship.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from faculty members who are familiar with your teaching and research qualifications.

Special Conditions of Employment:
The candidate must be eligible to work in the United States at the time of application.

Successful applicants must provide Official Transcripts documenting academic credentials required for the position as a condition of employment.

Salary:
Salary will be based upon applicable academic preparation and experience.

 

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status. The University’s commitment to non-discrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment.  Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA’s statement of non-discrimination available atwww.alaska.edu/titleIXcompliance/nondiscrimination.

 

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LINK HERE.

[POST-DOC]: Community and Environmental Health

Community and Environmental Health Postdoctoral Fellowship with the BCIC Chair in Aboriginal Environmental Health
Term (2 Years), Full Time

Purpose

The BC Innovation Council (BCIC) Chair in Aboriginal Environmental Health at the University of Northern British Columbia is seeking a Community and Environmental Health Postdoctoral Fellow to develop and implement a research project aimed at improving community wellness with First Nation communities in Northern BC. This position will be based at UNBC and will require travel throughout Northern BC.

Responsibilities

The Community and Environmental Health Postdoctoral Fellow will work independently under the direct supervision of Dr. Henry Harder, with input from the project partners including principle knowledge users and community stakeholders.

The Community and Environmental Health Postdoctoral Fellow will work to:

·         Develop and execute appropriate research strategies to investigate the link(s) between mental wellbeing and environmental health as it pertains to community wellness in First Nations communities throughout Northern BC.

·         Develop and foster collaborative relationships with First Nations communities throughout Northern BC.

·         Develop and progress their own research interests in ways that are complimentary to the BC Leadership Chair in Aboriginal Environmental Health’s research program.

Qualifications

·         Completed PhD in any area of health, environmental, or social science within the past four years

·         At least two years of experience in research, education, or practice related to community-based or Indigenous research methodologies

·         An understanding of, and experience with, intersectoral issues relating to environment, community, and mental health impacts

·         Effective oral and written communication skills adaptable to divergent inter-professional and community-based audiences

·         Practices critical personal awareness and cultural humility

·         Excellent organizational skills and ability to learn new skills quickly

·         An ability to work independently and within a team environment

·         Experience working with Indigenous communities will be deemed an asset

·         Possess a valid BC Driver’s license

POSTING: UNBC Post Doctoral Fellow Community and Environmental Health