Indigenous Research

Understanding and respecting the cultures of indigenous communities, and the families that make up these communities, is the first step in our research.

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  1. First reports of primary ciliary dyskinesia caused by a shared DNAH11 allele in Canadian Inuit


    The discovery of this homozygous DNAH11 variant in widely disparate parts of the Nunangat (Inuit homelands) suggests this is a founder mutation that may be widespread in Inuit. Thus, PCD may be an important cause of chronic lung, sinus, and middle ear disease in this population. Inuit with chronic lung disease, including bronchiectasis or laterality defects, should undergo genetic testing for PCD. Consideration of including PCD genetic analysis in routine newborn screening should be considered in Inuit regions.

  2. Impact of a Prenatal Vitamin D Supplementation Program on Vitamin D Deficiency, Rickets and Early Childhood Caries in an Alaska Native Population


  3. Preventing symptomatic vitamin D deficiency and rickets among Indigenous infants and children in Canada


  4. Blending Indigenous Sharing Circle and Western Focus Group Methodologies for the Study of Indigenous Children’s Health: A Systematic Review


    Several groups have published results that describe approaches that successfully incorporated aspects of Indigenous sharing circles into Western focus groups, thus establishing a research method that is culturally safe and appropriate for the study of Indigenous children’s health.

  5. Komen sa vo ? Évaluation des besoins de santé et intégration à la culture francophone, anglophone et autochtone chez les enfants métis en milieu minoritaire


  6. Hearing loss prevalence and hearing health among school-aged children in the Canadian Arctic


    One in five school-aged children was found to have hearing loss that is likely to affect classroom learning and social/emotional development. A hearing health strategy tailored to this population is critically needed.

  7. Tuberculosis among First Nations, Inuit and Métis children and youth in Canada: Beyond medical management


    Historical TB control practices in Canada have contributed to stigma and discrimination toward those with the disease, as well as fear and mistrust of the health system.

  8. Oral aspiration, type 1 laryngeal cleft, and respiratory tract infections in canadian inuit children


    We conclude that swallowing dysfunction is not only prevalent amongst Canadian Inuit but clinically significant. This is the first study to demonstrate an association between swallowing dysfunction and respiratory morbidity in this population.

  9. Bronchiectasis in children from Qikiqtani (Baffin) Region, Nunavut, Canada


    Previous researchers have reported that Canadian Inuit children have markedly elevated rates of LRTI early in life. Our study suggests that this may lead to long-term pulmonary sequelae.

  10. Long-term respiratory complications of congenital esophageal atresia with or without tracheoesophageal fistula: an update


    Recent studies suggest that in older patients, respiratory symptoms tend to be associated with atopy, but abnormal lung function tends to be associated with gastroesophageal reflux and with chest wall abnormalities.


  1. David A. Dyment

    Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

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    Senior Scientist, CHEO Research Institute

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    Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

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    Investigator, CHEO Research Institute

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    Senior Scientist, CHEO Research Institute

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    Senior Scientist, CHEO Research Institute

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