Scientific Symposium - The Health Effects of Shift Work - Toronto, April 12, 2010

Scientific Symposium on the Health Effects of Shift Work

On April 12, 2010, the Occupational Cancer Research Centre and the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) co-hosted a scientific symposium on the health effects of shift work. More than 100 researchers and representatives from the employer, labour and workers’ compensation communities — primarily from Ontario, but also other parts of Canada, the United States and Europe — came together in Toronto to participate in the symposium. The aim was to provide an overview from leading scientific experts on research findings about the health effects of shift work, and collectively identify the key gaps in the research evidence.

Summary Report of the proceedings is now available (558 KB).

Also on this topic is an IWH Issue Briefing (513 KB) that provides a plain-language overview of some of the literature in this area. It was written when plans for the symposium were being developed. It is not a systematic or comprehensive review of the relevant literature, which is large and rapidly expanding.

The presentation slides, abstracts and presenter biographies are also available for the full program.

The complete sets of all nine presentations, all nine abstracts, or all nine biographies can be downloaded as single zip (compressed) files:
Complete set of nine presentations (11.7 MB)
Complete set of nine abstracts (576 KB)
Complete set of nine presenter bios (612 KB)

Individual files for each presentation can be downloaded below.

The prevalence of shift work in Canada
By Paul Demers, University of British Columbia
Presentation (651 KB)
Abstract (61 KB)
Presenter Bio (84 KB)

Shift work and sleep disturbance
By Torbjörn Åkerstedt, Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University
Presentation  (666 KB)
Abstract (82 KB)
Presenter Bio (73 KB)

Shift work and breast cancer: the need for mechanisms
By Richard Stevens, Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Connecticut
Presentation (1.8 MB)
Abstract (60 KB)
Presenter Bio (61 KB)

Shift work and adverse health effects: possible biological mechanisms
By Scott Davis, University of Washington School of Public Health
Presentation (749 KB)
Abstract (61 KB)
Presenter Bio (86 KB)

Night work, night light and cancer: animal evidence
By David Blask, Laboratory of Chrono-Neuroendocrine Oncology, Tulane University School of Medicine
Presentation (6 MB)
Abstract (60 KB)
Presenter Bio (86 KB)

Light at night and health: the Nurses’ Health Study cohorts
By Eva Schernhammer, Harvard Medical School
Presentation(2.7 MB)
Abstract (142 KB)
Presenter Bio (56 KB)

Shift work and the risk of work injury
By Cameron Mustard, Institute for Work & Health, Toronto
Presentation (481 KB)
Abstract (61 KB)
Presenter Bio (60 KB)

Shift work and the risk of ischemic heart disease: a systematic review of the epidemiologic evidence
By Poul Frost, Department of Occupational Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark
Presentation (439 KB)
Abstract (61 KB)
Presenter Bio (84 KB)

Shift work and pregnancy outcomes
By Matteo Bonzini, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy
Presentation  (5.4 MB)
Abstract (61 KB)
Presenter Bio (82 KB)

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