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International Polar Year


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) - the nation's medical research agency - includes 27 institutes and centers and is a component of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. The primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, NIH investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

NIH supports research on Arctic-related health issues through grants and contracts to non-Federal scientists and through projects carried out by scientists within NIH laboratories and clinics. As the designated focal point for Arctic issues at the NIH, the Fogarty International Center addresses global health challenges through innovative and collaborative research and training programs and advances the NIH mission through international partnerships. FIC helps forge bilateral and multilateral ties between and among governments, institutions, and scientists working on circumpolar issues.

For more information on other federal agency projects, visit International Polar Year 2007-2008. For media queries, visit the Press Room from the IPY home page. For photos, visit the U.S. Antarctic Program Photo Library.


Fogarty International Center (FIC), National Institutes of Health, Department of Health & Human Services
Science Contact: Dr. Marya Levintova, FIC Program Officer, (301) 496-4784, levintovam@mail.nih.gov
Main site: www.fic.nih.gov/ipy/

Arctic-related Projects

Institute/Center Project(s) Contact(s)
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Alaska Native Tumor Registry (SEER Registry)
Canada-US Indigenous Cancer Collaborative
Judith Swan
Brenda Edwards
National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD)

Loan Repayment Programs
Community-based Participatory Research Program (CBPR)
Minority Health and Health Disparities Int'l Research Training Program (MHIRT)
Project EXPORT

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Genetics of Coronary Artery Disease in Alaska Natives (GOCADAN)

Richard Fabsitz
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)

Study of Haemophilus influenza type b
Study of Hepatitis C
Study of Histocompatibility and Immune Recognition

Gray Handley
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Contamination and Traditional Food Concerns
Alaska Community Action on Toxics
Alaska Birth Defects Registry
Building Research Capacity

Liam O'Fallon
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Conference Support Karen Babich
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Alaska Native Stroke Registry
Neuroscience Research Program
Richard T. Benson
National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Age, Gene/Environment Susceptibility (AGES) Study
Native Elder Research Center

Tamara Jones (Int'l)
Andrew Monjan (Arctic)
National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)

Alcohol Beverage Taxes in Alaska
Pharmacological Treatment of Alcohol-dependence

Peggy Murray

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) HIV Risk Behaviors and Depression among Drug Users Erin Winstanley
National Library of Medicine (NLM) Arctic Health Gale Dutcher


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