Francis Lévesque - Principal Investigator
Francis Lévesque is professor at the department od Human and Social development at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue and director of the Aboriginal Training and Program Development Unit (ATPDU). He is currently principal investigator of the project Les Inuits et leurs chiens: Relations humains-animaux au Nunavik et Nunavut aujourd’hui (SSHRC, 2015-2017) and co-researcher on A. Ravel Dog-related health issues among Inuit: toward an ecohealth project in collaboration with the communities of Nunavik (Nassivik, 2015-2016) and P. Leighton Wildlife diseases important for human health and food safety in the changing environment of the Eastern Subarctic (ArcticNet, 2015-2018).
Patricia Brunet - Network Coordinator
Patricia Brunet is a master student in social sciences at l’Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT), and was recently awarded a $17,500 grant from The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Her thesis will focus on Kuujjaq residents’ relation with dogs and about the way they perceive dog management in the community. She holds a Bachelor in anthropology with a minor in aboriginal studies from Laval University.
André Ravel - Co-Researcher
André Ravel is professor of epidemiology and veterinary public health at the Veterinary Faculty at Université de Montréal. His interests are on diseases transmitted from animal to humans for undertanding, monitoring or preventing them. He has particpated in research on rabies in human and animals in Nunavik. He is currently principal investigator or collaborator of several participatory research projects on human health issues associated with dogs in Northern Canada. He recently led a survey on dogs in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, allowing to document practices and perceptions about dogs.
Johanne Saint-Charles - Co-Researcher
Johanne Saint-Charles is full professor at the Faculté de communication of the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), adjunct director of the Interdisciplinary research centre on wellness, health, society and environment (CINBIOSE) and director of a doctoral program on health and society. Most of her research is realised within the framework of an ecosystem approach to health which favours interdisciplinary and intersectoral research and which take into account social and gender equity. Her work has brought her to collaborate with researchers from throughout the world; among others, she is lead researcher of Canada-Latin America collaboration. Part of her work within such groups is to better understand the development of relationships and “shared discourses” through the analysis of social and sociosemantic networks.
Cécile Aenishaenslin - Collaborator
After completing her doctorate in veterinary medicine in 2004, Cécile Aenishaenslin practiced for a year in wildlife rehabilitation at the Clinique des oiseaux de proix (UQROP). She then enrolled in the MA in International Studies, at the same time founded, developed and coordinated the International Veterinary Group (IVG), while participating in research and development projects in veterinary public health projects. Within this group, Cécile has contributed to the development of various tools and projects, including a remote veterinary advisory service for Nunavik residents. She also led a study on the epidemiology of rabies in Nunavik in collaboration with local partners and a network of multiple stakeholders in veterinary public health..
Audrey Simon - Collaborator
Audrey Simon's postdoctoral fellow and guest lecturer at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Montreal. For several years, Dr. Simon teaches in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine courses on the epidemiology of zoonoses under the certificate technology and food safety, and regulated medicine for final year students of veterinary medicine program. The epidemiology of zoonoses is central in the fields of research interests of Dr. Simon, and she is particularly interested in the transmission of parasitic zoonoses at the interface between wildlife, domestic animals and humans. She developed a strong interest in the use of ecosystem approaches as part of its research projects, especially in the valuation of indigenous knowledge to solve complex problems health. Part of his expertise is also facing northern Aboriginal populations. As for the methodologies she uses mathematical modeling, geomatics and spatial analysis, environmental microbiology and analytical epidemiology.