Dr. Sangita Sharma

Photo taken by Laughing Dog Photography, supplied by Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions.

Sangita Sharma, PhD
Endowed Chair in Aboriginal Health,
Professor in Indigenous and Global Health
Division of Endocrinology
Department of Medicine


Dr. Sangita Sharma is a Centennial Professor and Endowed Chair of Indigenous Health in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta and has over 22 years of experience working with multiethnic populations (e.g. Inuit, Inuvialuit and First Nations in Alberta, Northwest Territories (NT) and Nunavut (NU) and Alaska Natives, Apache and Navajo in the USA) focusing on chronic disease, diabetes and cancer prevention research. Dr. Sharma obtained her PhD from the University of Manchester Medical School in 1996 and since then she has worked with numerous populations in over 20 countries. Since moving to Canada in 2010, she has been leading a multi-disciplinary research group examining the risk factors for cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity among Indigenous populations in Canada and around the world. As a Principal Investigator, Dr Sharma has been awarded research funding for over 50 projects and was awarded the Silver Medal by the British Nutrition Society in 2010 for her health intervention program “Healthy Foods North” which was implemented in six communities in the NT and NU, in partnership with Inuit and Inuvialuit communities. Dr. Sharma has over 125 peer-reviewed scientific publications, including one recently in The Lancet Oncology (IF 25.12) for her work studying cancer incidence in Indigenous populations through her Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions funded project “Cancer ACCESS”, currently underway in the NT in Inuvik and Fort Good Hope. Currently, she is also running the “WHY ACT NOW” program in Edmonton to improve nutrition and physical activity in Indigenous and new Canadian youth. Other projects underway include the CIHR funded “MATERNAL” studying factors affecting pre- and post-natal maternal health in Northern Canada and NIH funded ASTHMA studies.

For further details on current projects led by Dr. Sharma please see our Projects page.