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Megan Brickley

Megan Brickley

Canada Research Chair in Bioarchaeology of Human Disease

Tier 1: 2010-04-01; Renewed 2017-04-01


Department of Anthropology | Canada Research Chair Profile 

Research involves

Exploring health and nutrition in past populations through bone research as seen through a bioarchaeological lens. 

Research relevance

This research will help establish accurate reconstructions of past human life and health, and has the potential to add to our understanding of current diseases. 

A Bone Detective, Tracking Down Abnormalities

Dr. Megan Brickley knows bonesespecially human skeletal remains from the Old World communities of the past.
Brickley, Canada Research Chair in the Bioarchaeology of Human Disease, uses her background in bioarchaeology—a mix of biology and archaeology—to examine bone abnormalities caused by anything from age-related bone loss to vitamin deficiencies. 

Her innovative research is helping build an understanding of human health and nutrition in past societies. She also investigates how the health and nutrition of populations from the past may have been linked to the socio-cultural, economic and environmental conditions they faced. 

Brickley’s research on prehistoric to 19th-century human remains from the United Kingdom has helped reconstruct the daily life of people from that era, and to detail dietary problems and diseases found in the Old World. 

She is now using her work from the Old World as a springboard to the New World, to research previous North American societies.

Not only will Brickley’s research improve our understanding of past people and their lives, but it also has great potential to contribute to our understanding of current health problems, including the possible causes and extents of conditions such as vitamin D deficiency and diabetes.