Potential Internship Mentors
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South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute
General Field of Interest:
Current Projects:
Impacts of psychosocial determinants on cardiovascular disease in Aboriginal communities 

Organization: Flinders University
General Field of Interest: Health Systems Research / Health Policy Research
Current Projects: n/a 


Organization: Education, University of Manitoba
General Field of Interest:
Indigenous research methodologies
Current Projects:
Indigenous learning themes, including relationship to Indigenous Peoples’ standpoints, orality, language and achievements. Research with diverse and non-traditional community needs in the academy (especially through adult education), through the application of a passion for lifelong learning as a philosophy.

Organization: Department of Psychology, University of Manitoba
General Field of Interest: n/a
Current Projects:

Organization: Preventive Dental Science (College of Dentistry), Pediatrics and Child Health & Community Health Sciences (Max Rady College of Medicine), University of Manitoba; Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba   
General Field of Interest:Idemniology of early childhood caries (tooth decay), oral health promotion, nutrition and oral health, caries prevention and oral health of Indigenous children
Current Projects: Identity promising Interventions to prevent early childhood caries and improve early childhood oral health / Impacts of population health programs and policy on rates of dental surgery among First Nations children / Using administrative survey data of dental caries among children and relationship with access to local food.

Organization: Child Health Research Institute of Manitoba; Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, University of Manitoba
General Field of Interest: Molecular Biology and Biochemical Methods   
Current Projects: Investigating how the HNF1alpha transcription factor influences the development of fatty liver disease.

Organization: Academic for the Institute of Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) Health and Assistant Professor Departments of Community Health Sciences and Internal Medicine, University of Manitoba   
General Field of Interest: Community and culturally-based qualitative and evaluation research.
Current Projects: Evaluating Manito Ikwe Kagiikwe (Mothering Project) at Mount Carmel Clinic / New Projects:  New projects on horizon which could involve First Nations Communities in Manitoba. These opportunities would involve evaluation or primary care research.

Organization: Department of Human Ecology, University of Manitoba   
Areas of Specialization: Community health / Social determinants of health and family well-being / Intercultural health / Aboriginal health / Program evaluation / Community-based research methods / HIV/AIDS   
Current Projects: n/a

Organization: National Laboratory for HIV Immunology, National HIV and Retrovirology Laboratories, Public Health Agency of Canada   
General Field of Interest: To understand susceptibility to infectious diseases, specifically HIV-1 and Tuberculosis. Understanding the mechanisms of why some individuals control or resist infectious agents is critical information for the development of vaccines, diagnostics and public health interventions.   
Current Projects: n/a 

Organization: Department of Anthropology and Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba  
General Field of Interest: My approach to infectious disease research is multidisciplinary and draws from medical anthropology, immunogenetics, immunology, ancient DNA , geographic information systems, land use studies, history and archaeology to gain new perspectives regarding disease susceptibility and resistance.   
Current Projects: Study of genetic, socio-cultural and environmental factors contributing to infectious disease susceptibility and resistance in Canadian Aboriginal populations.

Organization: Manitoba Metis Federation, Health & Wellness Department; Department of Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba   
General Field of Interest: Interested in international research with other Indigenous groups / Often use Metis Life Promotion Model to formulate questions and to organize data   
Current Projects:

  • Participatory Risk Communication: Indigenous Youth-Generated Messages for Community Health Promotion
  • This initiative is part of a three site case study Canadian collaborative project. Within the province of Manitoba the University of Manitoba and Manitoba Metis Federation are partnering to work with Metis youth to investigate the value of Metis youth-led risk communication messages for promoting community health and well-being. The secondary goal is to promote Metis youth wellness, ‘voice’, confidence, capacity, leadership skills and self-efficacy through their involvement in message development.  We plan to do this by developing sustainable participatory processes for youth involvement in health risk communication messaging that are relevant and appropriate to different types of Indigenous communities,  assessing the effects of both message development and the messages, and examine the potential scalability/transferability of knowledge gained to other Indigenous communities.
    • Housing First – Funded project working with community housing initiative
    • Community Wellness Program – Developing programs/interventions in collaboration with Metis communities to improve health & wellness
    • Healthy Smile Happy Child Initiative: Tailoring and enhancing a community development approach to improve early childhood oral health for First Nations and Metis children. A CBPR project with Bob Schroth et al.
    • Participatory Risk Communication: Indigenous youth-generated health messages. A CBPR project with Cindy Jardine, Michelle Driedger et al.


Karnataka Health Promotion Trust
General Field of Interest: Qualitative research and social epidemiological studies on HIV/AIDS, Female sex worker migration, HIV vaccine acceptability, gender and social norms in Karnataka, India. Community Based Research on intimate partner violence in Karnataka, India.Qualitative life line case studies with adolescent girls on issues around school droop out, social and gender norms and child marriage in Karnataka, India.   
Current Projects: Working with marginalized communities (female sex workers and men having sex with men populations) in Karnataka, India on issues around HIV/AIDS risk and vulnerability, migration, HIV vaccine acceptability and intimate partner violence.-Working with adolescent populations in Karnataka, India on issues around school droop out, gender and social norms and child marriage

Organization: Department of Dermatology, St. John’s Medical College Hospital, Johnnagar, Sarjapur Road, Bangalore   
General Field of Interest:

  • Dermatology – Infectious diseases, particularly in the area of Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Leprosy, and HIV
  • Innovations in Medical Education

Current Projects: Hospital Based ART centre: a Chronic Care Model. Examining hospital based, inpatient care and outpatient care

Organization: Department of Community Medicine, JJM Medical College, Davangere, Karnataka
General Field of Interest:

  • A study of medication adherence, self-care practices and quality of life among Type- 2 diabetes patients in rural areas of Davangere district.
  • Assessment of insulin administration techniques and sharp disposal practices among diabetes patients accessing Diabetes Program Clinic in Davangere District.
  • Barriers to acceptance of Pap smear among women living in rural areas of Davangere District.

Current Projects: Davangere district where potential students would like to take up internship is located in Central part of Karnataka. KHSDRP (A unit of Govt of Karnataka) is implementing Pilot Project with support from World Bank on Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases.

The project is first of its kind in India as it looks at feasibility of preventing and Managing Non-Communicable Diseases at rural primary health centers. The major diseases focused under this project are Diabetes, Hypertension and Cancer Cervix.

The student (Fellow) will work in close association with Post-Graduates in Public health at JJM Medical College and Staff Nurses posted in rural primary health care centers of Davangere District in undertaking his / her research in the area of Non-Communicable Diseases.

HIV programs

Karnataka Health Promotion Trust
General Field of Interest:

  • Qualitative Research on issues related to Women Living with HIV and around issues related to Adolescents infected/ affected by HIV.
  • Working with PLHIV community in the state of Karnataka, India. A total of 150000 PLHIVs are accessing HIV care services in the state.

Current Projects: n/a

Organization: St John's Research Institute, Bangalore; Community Health Sciences, Univesity of Manitoba; Karnataka Health Promotion and Trust   
General Field of Interest:

  • Epidemiological and socio-behavioural research on issues related to children and adolescents infected/ affected by HIV.
  • Social, structural and stigma related barriers to access TB diagnosis and treatment

Current Projects: I provide technical advice and strategic direction for HIV programs and research initiatives in the states of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu. Research students will be posted either in a centre that provides residential care for children living with HIV in Bangalore, Karnataka or Tamil Nadu; or could be located in north Karnataka.


Organization: Partners for Health and Development in Africa
General Field of Interest:
HIV prevention and care services for most at risk populations through  qualitative, quantitative, lab sciences, evaluation approaches.
Current Projects:

In the year 2005, the program received a grant from the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to scale up activities of HIV/AIDs prevention, care and treatment services. The activities carried out through the Sex Workers Outreach Program (SWOP) primarily involved mobilizing Nairobi based male and female sex workers, their family members and friends through peer led networks. The goal is to reduce the number of new HIV infections within this population and the people they get into contact with. There are currently over 30000 men and women benefiting from this program.  With the services below

  • Information on safer sex practices
  • Condom information, demonstration on use and provision
  • HIV testing and counselling (PICT)
  • STI screening and treatment
  • Risk reduction counselling services
  • ARV and HIV basic care
  • Family planning information and Provision
  • TB screening and referral
  • Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and emergency contraceptive provision
  • Cervical cancer screening and referral
  • Psychosocial support and referral
  • Outreach activities
  • Peer Education
  • Promotion, demonstration and distribution of condoms and lubrications
  • Services to Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) & Truck drivers

Organization: Partners for Health and Development in Africa
General Field of Interest:
Enhancing the impact of HIV Prevention in Kenya through qualitative, quantitative, lab sciences, evaluation approaches.
Current Projects:
This project is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) through the University of Manitoba. It’s a collaborative project with the National AIDS Control Council (NACC) and National AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP), Ministry of Health, Government of Kenya.

The goal of the project is to contribute to a reduction in HIV prevalence and incidence in Kenya by improving scale, quality and impact of HIV prevention programmes among key populations who include Sex Workers, Men who have Sex with Men and People who Inject Drugs. This is being done by through a national Technical Support Unit (TSU) within NASCOP to develop technical strategies and guidelines, build capacity and provide implementation support for the scaling up of HIV prevention programs for key populations. In addition, the project has established model programs for HIV prevention among sex workers in Nairobi and Mombasa. NASCOP uses these programs as learning sites to provide hands-on learning opportunities for implementing partners to efficiently deliver more comprehensive and effective HIV prevention for SWs in Kenya. In addition the project also supports National AIDS Control Council (NACC) to develop key population policies and a performance framework for key population programming. 

Organization: Kenya Medical Research Institute
General Field of Interest: Viral and host factors for HIV antiretroviral resistance; use of functional genomics to identify novel biomarkers for drug and vaccine development and identification and testing of microbicide candidates.
Current Projects: n/a

Organization: Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Nairobi and University of Manitoba
General Field of Interest: TB immunology, Surveillance of haemorrhagic fever viruses
Current Projects: n/a

Organization: UNITID – University of Nairobi; Department of Medical Microbiology, University of Manitoba
General Field of Interest: HIV research with Key populations and Malaria clinical trials in Kenya
Current Projects:

  • HIV / STDs Research in Kenya and specifically with Sex workers, MSM and IDUs
  • HIV Care and treatment programs
  • Malaria studies with pregnant mothers in Kenya
  • Global Health Ethics


Organization: Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development
General Field of Interest: Qualitative research methods, primarily kaupapa Māori and Māori centred research methodology including participatory approaches
Current Projects: Research interests include Indigenous health, health services research and public policy research, specifically the relationship between national policy intent, planning practices and funding strategies for indigenous health services and the desires of local, indigenous community for improving health outcomes.

Organization: Whakauae Research for Māori Health and Development
General Field of Interest: My research interests to date have concentrated on health service delivery and intervention, and the development of whānau, hapū and iwi based models to address Māori health issues, in particular tobacco control research with a focus on prevention and policy work.
Current Projects: n/a