Uka Wilhjelm Geisler

Hjerter af grønlandsk guld – en grønlandsk hjerterejse


Uka Wilhjelm Geisler er vokset op i Kangaatsiaq i Nordgrønland. Uddannet ved Århus Universitet og fra 1999 arbejdet den største del af sit arbejdsliv i Grønland. Herfra har hun specialet Almen Medicin og har specialerne Intern Medicin og Kardiologi fra en uddannelsesperiode i Norge.

Siden 2014 har hun været kardiolog på Dronning Ingrids Hospital i Nuuk med ansvar for hjertepatienterne i hele Grønland


Tidligere hed det sig, at der ikke fandtes hjertesygdomme i Grønland. Som hjertelæge på Dronning Ingrids Hospital og rejsende rundt i Grønland, har jeg set de fleste af de syge hjerter der findes i hele landet – store hjerter, trætte hjerter, tykke hjerter, bange hjerter og sorgfulde hjerter; men også forelskede hjerter og hoppende hjerter samt små børne hjerter på størrelse med en rypes hjerte. Fælles for dem alle er, at de er fulde af varme, blod og kærlighed. Denne grønlandske hjerterejse vil jeg gerne tage deltagerne til NunaMed- konferencen med på.


Tenna Jensen

Ageing in the Arctic. Everyday health practices and perceptions of older people


Dr. Tenna Jensen is Associate Professor in health and ageing research at CoRe, Saxo-Institute, University of Copenhagen and affiliated researcher at Greenland Center for Health Research, Ilisimatusarfik. She specializes in conditions of life and ageing in 20th and 21st century Denmark and Greenland and interrelations between ageing- and health science, -policy and -practices. She holds a PhD in history from the University of Copenhagen, and has worked on several interdisciplinary and collaborative health and ageing projects. She is currently PI on the research and development project Ageing in the Arctic. Well-being, quality of life and health promotion among older people in Greenland (AgeArc).


The health status and behavior of older people is a subject, which has attracted growing amounts of international scientific attention since the mid-20th century. In an Arctic context, interest in qualitative and collaborative ageing research methods and insights has been increasing in recent years. Studies of everyday health practices and perceptions among older people and their social and care relations focus on what is important for the individual older person and how their values and conditions of life are negotiated in an interplay between individual traits and past and present cultural and societal structures. Knowledge about the complexities of everyday health behavior in old age is important to the understanding of the individual and societal rationales and priorities influencing the everyday life of older people as well as in the development of care and health promotion initiatives targeting this group of citizens. The lecture will focus on recent trends within Arctic ageing research and introduce the collaborative and qualitative work in the AgeArc project, including how a diverse set of actors are engaged in developing and implementing cultural and age sensitive initiatives.


Gwen Healey Akearok

Health in Remote Communities – The story of the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre and our Piliriqatigiinniq health research model


Dr. Gwen Healey was born and raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut and it is in this community that she continues to live, work and raise her family. Gwen is co-founder and Executive and Scientific Director of the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre (AHRN-NU) in Iqaluit, NU. She holds a Master’s degree in Epidemiology & Community Health Sciences from the University of Calgary and a PhD in Public Health from the University of Toronto. Dr. Healey Akearok co-founded the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre in 2006 with the late Andrew Tagak Sr to foster an environment for research that is led by and meets the needs of Nunavummiut.


It is well-known in Canada that northerners face a number of challenging circumstances when it comes to health. There are also tremendous strengths in communities to address local health concerns, such as a willingness to work together, pathways to wellness that have existed for centuries, and strong cultural pride. Drawing upon existing community strengths and resources, and strengthening capacity to lead and conduct research in the North, is the key to addressing a number of health concerns presently and over the coming years. This presentation will tell the story of the creation and evolution of the Qaujigiartiit Health Research Centre and our model that facilitates the inclusion of Inuit Qaujimajatuqangit and western methods and in addressing health concerns, creating healthy environments, and improving the health of Nunavummiut.