IPHRC sat down with postdoctoral fellow Nuno Ribeiro to ask him more about his research and his CIHR Fellowship - Priority Announcement: IAPH Quantitative Research, $92,000.00 over 2 years. 
 
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What is your connection to IPHRC? 
 
I joined the IPHRC as a Research Associate in April 2012. I have been a Post-doctoral fellow since November 2012.
 
Tell us about your research project:
 
My current research project is part of a CIHR-funded research program that addresses Aboriginal health issues. I will use the cultural consensus and cultural consonance models to elicit Indigenous knowledge concerning cultural health beliefs and practices and contrast it wil behavioural accounts of Aborignal youth health outcomes. Doing so will allow the youth to define their culture(s) in their own terms, their knowledge of the same (i.e., cultural competence), as well as measure its impact on the Aboriginal youth's health behaviours. 
 
I was not expecting to win this CIHR award. It is an extremely competitive award (the success rate is 14%; only 6 such awards were given this year, and only two for the province of Saskatchewan). So it really was a pleasant surprise. It will be immensely helpful in my future career as a scholar and researcher.
 
What is your primary area of research?
 
My primary area of research deals with the influence of culture on risky behaviours of youth in leisure settings. Basically, I am interested in finding out if culture (defined as the amount of emic knowledge that one needs to possess in order to function in a given social group), affects behaviour in specific leisure settings (e.g., parties, carnivals, holidays, powwows, etc.), with a specific population (youth). I have also developed parallel research interests in the development and implementation of innovative, culturally-appropriate methodologies and Aboriginal youth health. 
 
How has your relationship with IPHRC supported you in your research?
 
IPHRC has supported me financially and structurally in my research, providing the connections and infrastructure needed to pursue my research, and helping me disseminate the findings of my research. 
 
What are your future plans and goals in your research and academic career?
 
I will be moving/returning to the United States in June 2013, as my wife and I will be taking up positiions at Clemson University (South Carolina). My future plans involve making the successful transition from a post-doctoral scholar to a tenure-track position in my chosen field of study and becoming an internationally-recognized expert in matters involving culture and behaviour in leisure settings. To do that, my immediate goals are to continue disseminating my research findings in top tier journals and presenting at international conferences. I am excited about this next step in my life and career!    
 
(For more information on Nuno's research, check out his personal website HERE.)   
 
Congratulations, Nuno!
 
 
 
For more information on IPHRC's award-winning students and researchers, click below:
 
Cassandra Opikokew, IPHRC Associate Director and doctoral student at Johnson-Shoyama School for Public Policy
 
Serene Smyth, IPHRC doctoral student at the College of Kinesiology and the University of Saskatchewan
 
Deanna Bickford, IPHRC doctoral student at the College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan
 

For more information about this story, please contact:

Cassie Ozog
Research Officer
Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre (IPHRC)
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Email: Cassandra.Ozog@uregina.ca