Mélanie Lemire is the titular of the Nasivvik Research Chair in Ecosystem Approaches to Health. She is an Assistant Professor at the Département de médecine sociale et préventive at the Université Laval, and researcher at the Axe santé des populations et pratiques optimales en santé du Centre de recherche du CHU de Québec. Using ecosystem, transdisciplinary, intersectoral and participatory approaches, her projects focus on studying the complex effects of environmental changes and the balance between benefits and risks of local foods on Indigenous health as well as acting in prevention to promote northern ecosystems as a land to sustain health and well-being. She is a co-investigator of the Nasivvik Centre for Inuit Health and Changing Environments, whose mission is to move from health research on Inuit, to research with Inuit, and ultimately to research by Inuit. She is also co-investigator in the Canadian Community of Practice in Ecosystem Approaches to Health (CoPEH-Canada), and a member of CINBIOSE based at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). She currently holds a Junior 1 FRQS fellowship and won the Banting-CIHR fellowship for her postdoctorate in environmental epidemiology at Laval University. She has a MSc and a PhD in environmental sciences from UQAM, for which she received the Governor General's Academic Medal and the Early Exceptional Career in Ecohealth Award.
Centre de Recherche du Centre hospitalier de l'Université Laval