NUNAMED is a conference about health, health care and health research in Greenland.

NUNAMED 2013 will take place in Nuuk on September 7th-9th 2013. The conference language is Danish/Scandinavian, but there will be parallel sessions in English. We invite presenters of PhD projects from the Summer School and presenters of Arctic health issues to present in English.

The deadline for submission of abstracts is June 1, 2013, so don’t hesitate to contact if you wish to participate or contribute. A PhD Summer School will be held on September 5th-9th 2013 in association with the conference. The theme of the PhD School is “Health, Society, and Environment in Relation to Large-Scale Industrial Projects”.

For more information on program, registration, abstract submission, travel, accommodation and other issues:

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Med venlig hilsen / Best regards
Grønlandsmedicinsk Selskab / Danish-Greenlandic Society for Circumpolar Health Peqqissaasut Kattuffiat
Grønlands Lægekredsforening
Grønlands Center for Sundhedsforskning / Greenland Center for Health Research

New Antarctic research studies for 2013

Drs Linda Larcombe, Pamela Orr, Neelofer Mookherjee, from the University of Manitoba, have joined with Dr. Alexander Kumar of Oxford University to launch 2 new Antarctic research studies in 2013. Both will study the immune system and Vitamin D metabolism– one among those living at the Concordia Antarctic Research Station (Dome C), and one among the members of the first Trans-Antarctic Winter Expedition led by Sir Ranulph Fiennes. The expedition begins March 21, 2013 when the 6 member team will set out on a 6 month 4,000 kilometer journey across the continent.

Dr. Larcombe and Orr are also currently working with Denesuline First Nation (Lac Brochet), Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation in Manitoba, the Faculty of Engineering and the Centre for Human Rights Research at the University of Manitoba to investigate the relationships between housing, water, sanitation and health.

IJCH 2012 Year in Review

As 2012 draws to a close, I am delighted to report to our readers that IJCH has successfully transformed itself into an Open Access and completely online journal, joining the family of journals published by the capable hands of our colleagues in Co-Action.

Without fixed publication dates, manuscripts are now published online as soon as they are copyedited and laid out, greatly reducing the time lapse between submission and publication.

The Thomson impact factor (IF) for 2011 has been released. Our IF is 1.060, a slight decline from 2010 (1.065). We ranked 78 out of 131 in the category of Public, Environmental and Occupational Health. Another competing IF is the SJR which uses different math and is based on Scopus data rather than the Web of Science. Our score is 0.049, which places us in the 2nd highest quartile in the Medicine (Misc) category. Clearly, continuing improvement of the quality of the journal is our priority.

An important change in 2013 will be the implementation of a 500 euro publication fee for articles that have been accepted for publication. All manuscripts submitted prior to January 1, 2013 and already under review or production will be exempt from this fee. Individuals with financial difficulty can apply to Co-Action for a waiver. Ability to pay the fee will in no way affect or influence the editorial decision process. We consider this an important step towards making the journal financially self-sustaining. Our fees are quite low by the standards of most online Open Access journals. Further information can be obtained from here.

I would like to take this opportunity to highlight a few articles that were published this year. The journal publishes Original Research and Reviews. Review articles are a useful resource that use a systematic approach to synthesize research and findings on a specific topic, and contribute to the evidence base on emerging trends relevant to circumpolar regions. For example:

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  • Fredslund and Bonefeld-Jørgensen from the University of Aarhus in Denmark reviewed trends in breast cancer in various Arctic populations
  • A Canadian-Danish team led by Galloway conducted a scoping review of the extent obesity research has been undertaken, how well different subpopulations are represented, the methodologies used, and how well they cover risk factors and health outcomes associated with obesity [link]


Our Original Research Articles cover a breadth of topics and geographical regions:

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  • cancer survival among Sami [link];
  • pedestrian-motor vehicle crashes in Arkangelsk, Russia [link];
  • primary health care in Alaska [link],
  • consumption of marine food in Greenland [link];
  • and more.


In the New Year, we hope to broaden our scope and make our journal of interest not only to researchers but also to health care practitioners, managers and planners. We shall establish new sections such as Clinical Case Reports and Public Health Practice. We also encourage submission to our History and Biography section.

IJCH is your journal, and it depends on Network members to contribute manuscripts and serve as reviewers.

Kue Young, Editor-in-Chief

Planning for PhD Program in Arctic Health at Oulu

Successful workshop on new Arctic Health and Well-being PhD program held in Oulu

Wed, Aug 29, 2012

The first planning workshop for the new PhD program on Arctic Health and Well-being was held in Oulu, Finland on August 23 -24, 2012. Workshop participants shared their currently available education on the Arctic health and discussed topics for courses to be jointly developed for summer and winter schools. Partners also discussed the possibility of creating a joint degree as a gradual next step in the process.

The participants included many partners from UArctic member universities: Alberta and Manitoba in Canada, Alaska Anchorage, Akureyri in Iceland, Aarhus in Denmark, Umeå in Sweden, Tromsø in Norway and Universities of Lapland and Oulu. As important as university partners are the research institutes: Abisko Scientific Research Station in Sweden and Finnish Meteorological Institute and National Health Service in Greenland and Sámisoster in Finland.

An immediate outcome will be a winter school to be held at the Abisko Scientific Research Station in May 2013. The group also developed four ideas for completely new courses on the following topics: Participatory research methods, The role of international law and human rights, Data handling of small populations and History of the Arctic including ethical issues. These topics will be developed further, using new information coming out of on-going projects such as the Arctic Human Development Report II.

For more information contact project lead Kirsi Latola, Thule Institute, University of Oulu


New Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Circumpolar Health

The International Association of Circumpolar Health Publishers (IACHP) is pleased to announce the January 2012 appointment of Dr Kue T. Young as Editor-in-Chief for the International Journal of Circumpolar Health (IJCH). Dr. Young MD (McGill), MSc (Toronto), DPhil (Oxford) is a professor at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto, where he holds the endowed TransCanada Chair in Aboriginal Health, and has long been a leader in circumpolar health.

He devoted much of his career as primary care physician, public health administrator and academic researcher in northern Canada. For his contributions he was awarded the Order of Canada in 2010, the highest civilian honor in Canada. He is also a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, former President of the International Union of Circumpolar Health (IUCH) and founding president of the International Network for Circumpolar Health Research (INCHR).

Dr. Young has previously served as one of several scientific editors of the Journal, as a senior editor of the Circumpolar Health Supplements, and in 2008, with Dr. Peter Bjerregaard, as Co-editor of the new text Health Transitions in Arctic Populations, published by University of Toronto Press.

He thus brings a wealth of experience and expertise to his new leadership role at the Journal. Please join me in thanking Dr. Young for his extensive circumpolar contributions, and welcoming him as our new Editor-in-Chief.

Rhonda M. Johnson, DrPH
Chair, IACHP
March 2012