IWH Update

IWH’s Dr. Peter Smith promoted

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is pleased to announce that Dr. Peter Smith has been promoted to senior scientist, effective May 2015. Smith also holds one of the nine research chairs in gender, work and health awarded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). For more information about Smith’s research interests, go to: www.iwh.on.ca/researchers/peter-smith. To learn more about his research chair, go to: www.iwh.on.ca/gender-work-and-health.

Institute welcomes new adjunct scientist

Dr. Andrea Chambers is now an adjunct scientist at IWH. Chambers is an evaluation specialist in infection prevention control with Public Health Ontario. Chambers’ professional interests include developing methods and approaches to support evidence-informed decision-making in public health, implementation science, and the evaluation of complex interventions. Her more recent work has focused on infection prevention and control aspects of occupational health, including needlestick injury prevention and health-care worker influenza immunization. To see a full list of IWH adjunct scientists, go to: www.iwh.on.ca/adjunct-scientists.

Announcing four recipients of the 2015-2016 S. Leonard Syme Fellowships

Congratulations to four public health researchers who have been named recipients of IWH’s 2015/2016 S. Leonard Syme Training Fellowships in Work and Health. The fellowships were established in honour of Dr. Syme, a pioneer in the field of social epidemiology, and his contribution as chair of IWH’s Scientific Advisory Committee from 1995 to 2002. Chosen from a large field of high-calibre candidates, the four trainees are: Chamila Adhihetty, Faraz Vahid Shahidi, Jonathan Fan and Rebecca Penn. All are PhD candidates at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health. To learn more about the fellowships and the recipients, go to: www.iwh.on.ca/syme.

Communications survey results now posted

Our warmest thanks go out to the more than 1,000 people who answered our communications survey this spring. Thanks, too, to our partners in Ontario’s prevention system for getting the word out about this survey. This input from our stakeholders will help shape how IWH brings you information about work injury, illness and disability prevention. A summary of survey results is available in a slidedeck posted on our website. To see it, go to: www.iwh.on.ca/kte/communications-survey.

Source: At Work, Issue 81, Summer 2015: Institute for Work & Health, Toronto