IWH News

IWH scientist guest edits special issue

A special issue of Policy and Practice in Health and Safety on experience rating, published in May, was guest edited by Institute for Work & Health (IWH) Scientist Dr. Emile Tompa. The issue also includes studies led by IWH Scientist Dr. Ellen MacEachen and IWH Research Associate Dr. Liz Mansfield. For more information, go to: www.ingentaconnect.com/content/iosh/pphs/2012/00000010/00000001.

IWH research in the spotlight

IWH researchers made quite a name for themselves this spring. Here are a few highlights:

Associate Scientist Dr. Carlo Ammendolia’s systematic review of nonoperative treatment of lumbar spinal stenosis was the subject of The Spine Blog (May 13): www.journals.lww.com/spinejournal/blog/SpineBlog/pages/post.aspx?PostID=179. Ammendolia was also appointed to the first “professorship in spine” at the University of Toronto.

Research Associate Carol Kennedy’s presentation on the systematic review of the outcome properties of the QuickDASH was named the “best scientific paper” at the Canadian Society of Hand Therapists Conference in May.

Associate Scientist Dr. Lynda Robson’s systematic review of the effectiveness of occupational health and safety training was the “editor’s pick” in a recent issue of the Scandanavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health (see article, page 5).

Hold the date: Nachemson Memorial Lecture

The IWH’s annual Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture will take place on November 15, 2012, at Toronto’s Design Exchange. This year’s speaker is Dr. Michael Silverstein (University of Washington). For information, go to: www.iwh.on.ca/nachemson-lecture.

Experience rating symposium set for November

IWH Scientists Drs. Emile Tompa and Ellen MacEachen are co-chairing a symposium on experience rating and other financial incentives in work injury prevention. The International Symposium on the Challenges of Workplace Injury Prevention through Financial Incentives takes place November 29 to 30 in Toronto. For information, go to: www.iwh.on.ca/prevention-incentives-2012.

Next systematic review workshop

IWH offers three-day systematic review workshops, and the next one is set for November 21 to 23, in Toronto. The registration deadline is November 7, 2012. For more information and to register, go to: www.iwh.on.ca/systematic-review-workshops.

Source: At Work, Issue 69, Summer 2012: Institute for Work & Health, Toronto