People

IHACC has created a multinational interdisciplinary team to develop an understanding of the vulnerability of remote Indigenous health systems to climate change as a basis for implementing pilot adaptation interventions and adaptation planning. The team has collaborated widely on a number of projects since the 1980s examining multiple health outcomes, including research with Indigenous peoples in the study regions.

Previous Collaborations

The IHACC project builds upon and further develops existing collaborations among the research team:

In Uganda, the McGill Field Studies in Africa Program (MFSIA) takes place at the Makerere University Field Station located near the Batwa study region. Berrang-Ford lectures on this course each year and Ugandan team members guest lecture, with potential to link IHACC research into course programming. Indeed, MFSIA students helped conduct the Uganda research needs assessment. Ugandan participation in IHACC reflects discussions that have been ongoing among the Peruvian and Canadian research team members for many years, with Berrang-Ford beginning her research in Uganda in 2001.

There is a long history of collaboration between Peru and McGill since the 1980s. This has included projects on infectious disease and Indigenous health, STDs, trauma and mental health, global health, cholera in urban slums, and more recently climate change among Indigenous populations. Peru and McGill researchers have worked on IDRC grants together previously.

The Arctic team has been working with Inuit communities since the early 2000s on a diversity of climate change and health projects and intervention based research. Ford and Edge have known each other from their days at Guelph and have continued to be involved in each other’s work through ArcticNet.

More generally, McGill-based researchers have worked on a number of projects together. Ford, Berrang-Ford and Heymann are currently lead a large CIHR and CFCAS funded project asking the question: Is the Canadian health system adaptation to climate change. Ford and Berrang-Ford have co-published 11 articles and co-supervise a number of research assistants and students.

 

 

Project Management Committee (PMC):

Dr. James Ford (PI)
McGill University
Dr. Lea Berrang-Ford (PI)
McGill University
Dr. Alejandro Llanos (PI)
Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH)
Dr. Cesar Carcamo
(Co-Applicant) UPCH
Dr. Shuaib Lwasa (PI)
Makerere University
Didacus Bambaiha Namanya
(Co-Applicant)
Ugandan Ministry of Health
Dr. Sherilee Harper
(Co-Applicant)
University of Guelph

 
 

Regional Operations Team:

Canada (Arctic)

Dr. James Ford
McGill University
Dr. Victoria Edge
Public Health Agency of Canada
Dr. Sherilee Harper
University of Guelph

Peru

Dr. Alejandro Llanos
UPCH
Dr. Cesar Carcamo
UPCH
Dr. Patricia Garcia
UPCH
Dr. Carol Zavaleta
UPCH

Uganda

Dr. Shuaib Lwasa
Makerere University
Didacus Bambaiha Namanya
Ugandan Ministry of Health
Dr. Lea Berrang-Ford
McGill University
Dr. Sam Okware
Uganda National Health Research Organization

Ad Hoc Advisory Committee:

  • Dr. Sam Okware, Uganda National Health Research Organization
  • Dr. Jan Sargeant, Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses, University of Guelph
  • Dr. Duncan Pedersen, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, McGill University
  • Dr. Keith Hyams, Department of Philosophy, University of Exeter