2022/2023

Social Science Meets Biology

Indigenous People and Severe Influenza Outcomes

Social Sciences

Principal investigators

Svenn-Erik Mamelund

Professor
Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)
Year at CAS

Abstract

Influenza pandemics are most pressing global threats to human life and security. The state of the art in medical, epidemiological and social science research on the extreme vulnerability of Indigenous people to severe influenza disease is carried out in silos, and the factors uniting the infectious disease experiences of Indigenous peoples across continents of the world are rarely considered in concert. We will do the first interdisciplinary research project integrating genetic, epidemiological and social factors to unravel common factors for why Indigenous groups in Scandinavia, North America and Oceania are all highly susceptible to influenza, both in historical times and today. This project is also very timely and relevant as indigenous people also are extremely vulnerable towards COVID-19.

Fellows

Michael G. Baker

Professor
University of Otago
Year at CAS

Heather Battles

Lecturer
University of Auckland
Year at CAS

Gerardo Chowell-Puente

Professor
Georgia State University
Year at CAS

Jessica Dimka

Researcher
Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)
Year at CAS

Elienai Joaquin Damas

Professor
Universidad Tecnológica de la Huasteca Hidalguense
Year at CAS
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Kirsty Renfree Short

Senior Lecturer
University of Queensland
Year at CAS

Lisa Sattenspiel

Professor
University of Missouri
Year at CAS

Lauren Steele

PhD Candidate
University of Queensland
Year at CAS
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Emma Tinker-Fortel

PhD Candidate
University of Missouri-Coloumbia
Year at CAS

Taylor van Doren

Research Fellow
Sitka Sound Science Center
Year at CAS

Amanda Wissler

Dr.
University of South Carolina
Year at CAS

Affiliated researchers

Alexandra
Blinkova

Researcher
Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)

Courtney
Heffernan

Research Associate
University of Alberta

Vibeke Narverud
Nyborg

Associate Professor
University of South-Eastern Norway (USN)

Hilde
Orderud

Senior Researcher
University of Turku

Benjamin
Schneider

Postdoctoral Fellow
Oslo Metropolitan University (OsloMet)

News

A recent article in 'Forskningspolitikk' focuses on the Center for Advanced Study (CAS) and its significance in basic research. The article, written by Lisbet Jære, features researchers like Bjørn Samset and Svenn-Erik Mamelund, who highlight the unique opportunities provided by CAS.

It has been a year since Professor Svenn-Erik Mamelund and his team embarked on their CAS project on Indigenous people and severe influenza outcomes. We sat down with him to discuss the progress made and what the future holds.

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