Leading work-health researchers to attend Toronto conference

This year’s Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health (CARWH) conference is gearing up to be an exciting event with an impressive range of speakers from the work and health research arena from across Canada.

Hosted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), the CARWH conference will be held in Toronto on May 28-29, 2010. The theme for the conference is, “Worker Health in a Changing World of Work.”

The keynote speakers are:

  • Katherine Lippel, Canada Research Chair in Occupational Health and Safety Law, University of Ottawa. She will address the invisibility of the health consequences of precarious employment.
  • Kristan Aronson, Professor, Community Health and Epidemiology, Queen’s University. She will discuss the challenges in research on the hypothesis that work at night is associated with an elevated risk of breast cancer.

As in previous years, stakeholders and researchers from many disciplines will discuss findings and exchange ideas about research and its application to policy and practice to improve the health and safety of Canadian workers. The conference is a biennial event.

This year’s program will include more than 75 oral presentations, 46 posters and seven symposia, as well as a closing panel of national experts in workers’ compensation, occupational disease, return to work and disability prevention.

A student day, to be held on May 27, is geared at students conducting work-health research. It will feature presentations on research ethics and funding opportunities, as well as breakout groups discussing studies and developing research ideas.

New pre-conference workshops announced

Two new pre-conference workshops have just been added to the CARWH program. The half-day workshops will be held on May 27 at IWH, which is near the conference centre. The topics are:

  • Systematic reviews – participants will learn how to plan, conduct and communicate the results from a systematic review. The format combines a series of short lectures and exercises. Handout material will be provided.
  • Knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) – find out what KTE is and how it is used in research. Facilitators will discuss real-world examples of successful KTE and how to evaluate its impact.

In addition to the pre-conference workshops, topic sessions at the CARWH conference will include:

  • protecting vulnerable workers;
  • work-related musculoskeletal disorders;
  • return to work;
  • knowledge exchange in occupational health and safety;
  • occupational disease; and 
  • education, training and health promotion in occupational health.

The CARWH conference is supported by generous funding contributions from WorkSafeBC, the Ontario Ministry of Labour and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

Conference fees are $350 and $100 for students. The conference will be held at the 89 Chestnut Conference Centre in downtown Toronto.

For detailed information about the conference or to register, visit: carwh2010.iwh.on.ca

Source: At Work, Issue 60, Spring 2010: Institute for Work & Health, Toronto