Sangita Sharma

Staff Role:
Professor in Indigenous and Global Health Research

Dr. Sangita Sharma is the Canada Research Chair in Population Health and Professor in Indigenous and Global Health Research in the Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, College of Health Sciences at the University of Alberta. She has over 30 years of experience working with Indigenous communities (e.g. Inuit, Inuvialuit and First Nations in Alberta, Northwest Territories (NWT) and Nunavut (NU) and Alaska Natives, Apache, and Navajo in the USA) focusing on chronic disease, diabetes, and cancer prevention research. Dr. Sharma obtained her PhD from the University of Manchester Medical School in 1996 and since then she has worked with numerous communities in over 20 countries. Since moving to Canada in 2010, she has been leading the multi-disciplinary Indigenous and Global Health Research Group (IGHRG) examining the risk factors for chronic disease as well as barriers to and opportunities for improving access to healthcare services and patient experience with communities throughout Canada. As a Principal Investigator, Dr Sharma was awarded the Silver Medal by the British Nutrition Society in 2010 for her health intervention program “Healthy Foods North” which was implemented in six communities in NWT and NU in partnership with Inuit and Inuvialuit communities. Dr. Sharma has over 157 peer-reviewed scientific publications. Currently, she is leading eight large projects with 25 communities in NWT and NU to capture the unintended consequences of COVID-19 and COVID-19 preventive measures on all aspects of health and wellness. These projects also include looking at access to healthcare during the pandemic, gathering suggestions for improving public health messaging, and documenting experiences with COVID-19 vaccination and side effects, as well as examining community immunity from the vaccine and/or exposure to the virus.