Indigenous Trauma & Resilience Research Center
In 2021, the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences received a $10 million, five-year award from the NIH to develop an Indigenous Trauma & Resilience Research Center (ITRRC).
American Indians in North Dakota and throughout the region suffer from significant health disparities, relative to the non-Native population, and much of this is related to historical trauma, adverse childhood experiences, forced boarding school participation, social marginalization, and toxic stress. The ITTRC will establish resource cores and support three research projects led by assistant professors in the Public Health Program as well as the Indians Into Medicine and Family & Community Medicine Departments. The program will also fund smaller pilot grants and provide research mentorship to early career faculty to establish them as independent investigators.
New to the team: Dr. Jonathan Geiger, Interim Pricipal Investigator
As of September 2022, Dr. Jonathan Geiger is Interim PI of the COBRE-funded Indigenous Trauma & Resilience Research Center, the goal of which is to address the impact of historical and unresolved trauma on health inequities within the American Indian and Alaska Native population. The project's original PI, Dr. Donald Warne, will continue to support the center as part of an internal advisory committee.
View the first of our quarterly Community-Based Participatory Research Seminars
Tribal Reseach Frameworks and CBPR, presented by Dr. Myra Parker on October 17, 2022
An Overview of Indigneous Trauma and Resilience, presented by Dr. Donald Warne on July 8th, 2022
Our first Annual Symposium was held on April 22, 2022
Featured speakers included:
David R. Wilson, PhD, Navajo, Director of the National Institutes of Health’s Tribal Health Research Office.
Donald Warne, MD, MPH, Oglala Lakota, Program Director for the Indigenous Trauma & Resilience Research Center.
Alison Kelliher, MD, Koyukon Athabascan, Director of the American Indian Collaborative Research Network (AICoRN).
Ursula Running Bear, PhD, MS, Sicangu Lakota, Assistant Professor the UND Department of Population Health, teaching in the Public Health Program at UND SMHS.
Andrew Williams, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor the UND Department of Population Health, teaching in the Public Health Program at UND SMHS.
Nicole Redvers, ND, MPH, Deninu K'ue, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Indigenous Health and Family & Community Medicine at UND SMHS.
Amanda Mae Fretts, PhD, MPH, Mi’kmaq, Assistant Professor, University of Washington School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology.
Pilot Projects Program
The ITRRC is announcing a new pilot grant program for 2022-2023. These 1-year pilot grants are designed to fund research addressing the impact of historical and unresolved trauma on health inequities within the American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) populations.
All basic science/clinical/translational/population health or other faculty members throughout the University of North Dakota (UND) are encouraged to apply. Pilot funding priorities are given to tenure-track, junior investigators.
Deadline: Saturday, April 30, 2022 (A new application cycle will begin soon)
Human Subjects Core (HSC)
The goal of the HSC is to build human subjects research capacity at UND while promoting effective and appropriate tribal engagement. Contact the HSC for assistance with human subjects research and compliance.
Community Engagement and Outreach Core (CEOC)
The goal of the CEOC is to increase culturally appropriate research with AI/AN communities through bidirectional outreach and training. The CEOC offers a Research Ethics Training for Health in Indigenous Communities (rETHICS) training toolkit through the UND continuing medical education portal. Contact the CEOC for more information.
The AC provides administrative support for the ITRRC and pilot projects program. Contact email@example.com if you have any questions regarding the development of your application.
American Indian populations suffer disproportionately from health problems, including nutrition-related chronic diseases like diabetes. This project will investigate how a traditional Indigenous food, the chokeberry (Aronia melanocarpa), impacts epigenetic and metabolic health in relation to resiliency markers in Great Plains Indian participants. Research with American Indian communities is significant in that it can inform best practices in community engagement orientations, approaches, and models in future research settings.
American Indians that attended boarding school experienced repeated stress as a result
of their attendance. Repeated stress in childhood increases allostatic load in adulthood.
This study tests whether allostatic load (chronic stress) is related to American Indian
boarding school attendance.
Check out the UND Today's Truth and Reconciliation article that highlights Dr. Running Bear's work.
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of mortality among American Indian populations, and investigations of early-life determinants of cardiovascular disease are warranted. The proposed project will examine multiple pathways linking maternal ACEs and infant growth, a recognized risk factor for cardiovascular disease in adulthood. This project will highlight specific pathways that could potentially be modified to reduce future risk of cardiovascular disease among American Indian populations.
The ITRRC is supported by the National Institute Of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P20GM139759.