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 ITRRC will establish resource cores and support three research projects led by assistant professors in the Public Health Program and the Department of Indigenous Health. The program will also fund smaller pilot grants and provide research mentorship to early career faculty to establish them as independent investigators.
Dr. Jonathan Geiger, Interim Principal 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.
Request for Applications
The Indigenous Trauma & Resilience Research Center (ITRRC) is announcing the pilot
grant program for 2023-2024. 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 preference will be given to junior faculty investigators. Individuals holding postdoctoral training positions are not eligible to lead pilot projects.
Deadline: December 7th, 2023
A call for applications for the 2024-2025 Indigenous Trauma & Resilience Research Center Grant Program has been released. This is a different opportunity than the Pilot grants and requires a 2-3 year, 50% effort commitment.
Deadline: December 7th, 2023.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Check out Joel Steele's publications and presentations.
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 Ursula Running Bear's work:
UND Today's Truth and Reconciliation article
American Indians forced to attend boarding schools as children are more likely to be in poor health as adults.
Federal Boarding School Initiative Press Conference
Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative Investigative Report
Tribal Values, Tribal Justice Podcast
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.
Check out Andrew William's publications and presentations.
The ITRRC is supported by the National Institute Of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P20GM139759.