Sangita Sharma, PhD

Office:     Unit 5-10 University Terrace
Mail:       University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB Canada T6G 2T4
Phone:   780-492-3214
Fax:       780-492-3018
Email:    gita.sharma@ualberta.ca

 

 



 

Current Position                                                       

Aboriginal & Global Health Research Group

Endowed Chair in Aboriginal Health

Centennial Professor/Professor in Aboriginal and Global Health Research

 

Research Areas

 

Aboriginal Health and chronic disease

 

Research Goals

 

To create a world-renowned go-to place for sustainable, evidence-based intervention research working to enhance the health and well-being of Indigenous and global populations. The Aboriginal and Global Health Research Group is enhancing health and reducing chronic disease prevalence among Indigenous Peoples and multi-ethnic populations along identified research priority themes, by generating evidence and intervention and expediting its transfer into community based projects.

 

Current Research Activities

 

I currently have 16 active projects and 9 pending grants in the fields of: Indigenous health, dietary assessment, nutritional and physical activity interventions to prevent chronic disease, and obesity, and improve dietary adequacies for populations worldwide.

 

1.Alberta Health and Wellness                                                                

Role: PI                                  14/12/11-31/03/14                                        Amount: $948,352

“Wellness & Health in Youth: Aboriginal Communities in Transition NOW (WHY ACT NOW) 1”

Status: community engagement and planning phase

 

2.Public Health Agency of Canada                                                         

Role: PI                                  27/03/12-31/03/14                                        Amount: $328,097

“Developing a screening tool for diabetes risk factors in urban Aboriginal youth”

Status: community engagement and planning phase

 

3.United States Department of Agriculture                                

Role: Co-PI                           10/01/10-12/31/12                                        Amount: $230,000

“A multilevel Obesity Prevention Trial for American Indians and First Nations”

Status: Community work in progress

 

4.United States Department of Agriculture                                

Role: Co-PI                           12/01/08-05/01/12                                        Amount: $217,826

“Helping ourselves to health: Addressing factors that contribute to obesity among Alaska Native people”

Status: data collection phase

 

5.Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research   

Role: PI                                  01/04/12-31/03/13                                        Amount: $210,000

“Social determinants of health among Aboriginal peoples: Identifying priority areas of action to improve health”

Status: In progress grey literature search

 

6.International Polar Year Indian and Northern Affairs Canada         

Role: PI                                  03/01/10-03/31/12                                       Amount: $135,000

“Experience and training for northerners in research design & methodology”

Status: Completed – submitted reports to funding agency

 

7.Canadian Institutes of Health Research                                                                     

Role: PI                                  10/01/12-31/09/13                                        Amount: $100,000

“Assessing dietary and lifestyle risk factors for maternal health in 'at high-risk' women of child bearing age (Inuit, Inuvialuit, and First Nations populations in Arctic Canada)”

Status: community engagement and planning phase

 

8.Canadian Institutes of Health Research                                                                     

Role: PI                                  01/03/12-28/02/13                                        Amount: $100,000

“Assessing dietary and lifestyle risk factors for maternal health in 'at high-risk' women of child bearing age (Inuit, Inuvialuit, and First Nations populations in Arctic Canada)”

Status: community engagement and planning phase

 

9.Canadian Institutes of Health Research 

Role: PI                                  01/02/11-31/03/13                                        Amount: $95,000

“Nutrition and exercise knowledge translation program for Arviat, NU”

Status: preparing manuscripts for publication

 

10. Public Health Agency of Canada                                                                                         

Role: Co-PI                           02/01/11-01/31/12                                        Amount: $79,475

“Inusiqasiarniq: Healthy choices for children and youth”

Status: data analysis and cleaning

 

11.National Institutes of Health   [RFA-ES-08-002]                     

Role: Co-I                              09/01/09-08/31/14                                        Amount: $56,816

“A Study to understand the mechanisms of asthma-dietary interventions to protect against environmental triggers”

Status: data entry and analysis

 

12.National Institutes of Health                                                                                                    

Role: Co-I                              09/01/09-08/31/14                                        Amount: $56,816    

“Mechanisms of asthma-dietary interventions to protect against environmental triggers”

Status: data entry and analysis

 

13.Canadian Institutes of Health Research

Role: Co-I                              06/01/11-10/01/12                                        Amount: $20,000

“Developing a healthy nutrition strategy in the Tlicho region: Building the collaborative team”

Status: Completed field study

 

14.University of Alberta, Office of the Provost

Role: PI                                  03/01/11-05/01/12                                        Amount: $25,000

“A partnership for nutritional research in Kenya between the University of Alberta and Aga Khan University”
Status: project and proposal development

 

15.University of Alberta, Office of the Vice – President

Role: PI                                  02/01/11-02/01/12                                        Amount: $20,000

“A partnership for nutritional research in India between the University of Alberta and Swaminathan Research Foundation”

Status: project and proposal development

 

16. University of Alberta Hospital Foundation

Role: Co-I                              2012

“The long term effects of dietary sodium restriction on clinical outcomes in patients with heart failure. SODIUM-HF (study of dietary intervention under 100 mmol in heart failure) A pilot study”

Status: In progress

 

Other Activities and Affiliations

  • Leader of the Aboriginal and Global Health Group

 

  • Membership on Panels, Boards, Working Groups, Networks

 

Canadian Public Health Association

Alberta Institute for Human Nutrition

Canadian Circumpolar Institute

American Society for Nutrition

World Public Health Nutrition Association

Canadian Society for International Health

Healthy Caribbean Coalition

Association for Nutrition

American Diabetes Association

American Association for Cancer Research

American Society for Nutritional Sciences

American Society for Clinical Nutrition

Society for International Nutrition Research

UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists – Registered Public Health Nutritionist

The Nutrition Society, UK

 

  • Community Group involvement

Wisest Summer Student Program, 2012

National Aboriginal Day 2012

TAWOW Aboriginal Student donations 2012

 

Major Achievements

 

Healthy Foods North: A successful nutrition and physical activity programto reduce obesity in Inuit populations in Arctic Canada.

 

Centennial Professor, University of Alberta, 2011;

 

The Nutrition Society Silver Medal Award, 2010;

 

Advanced Programme: European Nutrition Leadership Platform 2012;

 

Dannon Institute Academic Mid-Career Nutrition Fellowship 2010;

 

Special Commendation for Excellent Research, Caribbean Health Research Council 2009;

 

University Research Travel Awards 2002-2008 (x4);

 

European Nutrition Leadership Program Fellowship 1996;

Research Project Prize, University of Wales 1992

 

Biography

 

I am currently the Endowed Chair in Aboriginal Health and a Professor in Aboriginal and Global Health Research at the University of Alberta. My research experience combines nutritional sciences, epidemiology, health promotion and community-based interventions that specifically focus on the development of dietary assessment methodologies for multi-ethnic populations globally. I have over 20 years of experience assessing nutrition, physical activity and program delivery in over 11 countries and 22 populations. Research grants (PI/Co-PI=29), and publications (n=92) have been multidisciplinary, multi-ethnic, and included major chronic diseases: 1) development of dietary assessment methodologies for multi-ethnic and indigenous populations to assess food, nutrient, food group, heterocyclic aromatic amine intake, and determine dietary adequacy; 2) developing and evaluating community- based dietary and lifestyle (including physical activity) intervention studies for obesity and chronic disease prevention; 3) determining diet-disease associations in 215,000 people, for cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and mortality; 4) examining nutrient-gene interactions and risk of cancer in different ethnic groups (African Americans, Native Hawaiians, Latinos, Japanese Americans, Japanese Brazilians, and Caucasians); 5) monitoring the effects of climate change on diet and lifestyle. Dr. Sharma has had extensive population subgroup experience, which includes undertaking dietary assessment studies, with: Canada (First Nations, Metis, Inuit, Inuvialuit), USA (Apache, Navajo, Alaskan Natives, Latino, African American, Japanese American, Native Hawaiian, Caucasian), England (African-origin, Pakistani, Indian), Cameroon (urban/rural), Jamaica, Barbados, Trinidad, Brazil (Japanese Brazilians), Indonesia (0-24 months old), Nepal (pregnant women).

 

Selected Publications

 

 Rittmueller S, Corriveau A, Sharma S. Differences in dietary quality and adequacy by smoking status among a Canadian Aboriginal population. Public Health. 2012;126(6):490-7. Epub 2012 May 9. (imp fact: 1.35)

RittmuellerS, Roache C, Sharma S. Dietary adequacy and dietary quality of Inuit in the Canadian Arctic who smoke and the potential implications for chronic disease. Public Health Nutr. 2012;1-8. [Epub ahead of print] (imp fact: 2.169)

Nemesure B, Wu SY, Hennis A, Leske MC. Prostate Cancer in a Black Population (PCBP) Study Group. Central adiposity and Prostate Cancer in a Black Population. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2012 May;21(5):851-8. Epub 2012 Mar. (imp fact: 4.123)

Sharma S, Wilkens L, Shen L, Kolonel L. Dietary sources of five nutrients in ethnic groups represented in the Multiethnic Cohort. Br J Nutr. 2012; Accepted: subject to minor revisions. (imp fact: 3.013)

Nemesure, B. Wu SY, Hennis A, Leske MC for the Prostate Cancer in a Black Population (PCBP) Study Group. Family history of prostate cancer in a Black population. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2012; Accepted: subject to minor revisions. (imp fact: 4.123)

Sharma S, Barr A, MacDonald H, Sheehy T, Novotny R, Corriveau A. Vitamin D deficiency and disease risk among Aboriginal Arctic populations. Nutr Rev. 2011; 69(8):468-78. (imp fact: 4.472)

Sharma S. Development and use of FFQ among adults in diverse settings across the globe.  Proc Nutr Soc. 2011; 70(2):232-51. (imp fact: 2.770

Mead E, Gittelsohn J, Kratzmann M, Roache C, Sharma S. Impact of the changing food environment on dietary practices of an Inuit population in Arctic Canada. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2010; 23(Suppl 1):S18-26. (imp fact: 1.738)

Sharma S, Gittelsohn J, Beck L, Rosol R, De Roose E, Roache C. Addressing the public health burden caused by the nutrition transition through the Healthy Foods North nutrition and lifestyle intervention programme. J Hum Nutr Diet. 2010; 23(Suppl 1):S120-7. (imp fact: 1.738)

Rosecrans AM, Gittelsohn J, Ho LS, Harris SB, Naqshbandi M, Sharma S. Process evaluation of a multi-institutional community-based program for diabetes prevention among First Nations. Health Educ Res. 2008; 23(2):272-86. (imp fact: 1.889)

Sharma S, Cade J, Griffiths S, Cruickshank JK. Nutrient intakes among a UK African-Caribbean population - transition in coronary heart disease risk. Lancet. 1998; 352:114-5. (imp fact: 33.633)

 

Trainees

Nonsikelelo Mathe        Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (2011-Present)

Mary Ani-Amponsah           PhD Student (2011 - Present)

Websites of Interest


Aboriginal and Global Health Research Group