Paneeraq Noahsen, a MD and a part-time PhD-student at the University of Greenland and University of Aalborg, enrolled in November 2017 and has until November 2024 to complete her PhD-thesis "Thyroid function and autoimmunity among populations in Greenland with 10 and 20 years follow-up".
The second article of the PhD-project has been published in a well-esteemed endocrine, peer-reviewed journal. The article described that the pattern of hyper- and hypothyroidism among iodine replete Greenlandic Inuit was comparable with the thyroid disease pattern seen in populations with iodine deficiency. The findings are intriguing and suggest that Inuit may have adapted to excessive iodine intake over centuries, causing a need for a higher iodine intake to prevent iodine deficiency.
The next papers in the pipeline are thyroid autoimmunity in Greenland, the effect of persistant organic pollutants (POPs) on thyroid function, and 10 and 20 years follow-up on thyroid function and autoimmunity from data collected in Nuuk and Ammassalik district in 2018 and 2019.
The postponence of courses worldwide due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions has affected the general course attendance. The long anticipated EEPE course was first postponed with a year and later on completed online. The course was successful, but it was rather disappointing to sit alone in an office for 3 weeks when the original plan was Firenze.
Paneeraq is working at The National Board of Health in Nuuk as a doctor specialising in Public Health and will complete her specialist training in the spring 2024.