IWH News

IWH announces board appointments

The Institute welcomes two new board members. Jane Davis is a director of the Deposit Insurance Corporation of Ontario. She is a senior risk management professional with extensive knowledge of the regulatory environment in the brokerage, mutual fund and private banking businesses. Dev Chopra is executive vice president of corporate services and redevelopment at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). He is responsible for all business functions at CAMH including finance, human resources and information management. Rosemary McCarney, president of Plan Canada, retired from the board in September 2010 following three consecutive terms of service on the Institute’s Board of Directors.

Syme Fellowships awarded

The S. Leonard Syme Training Fellowships support research trainees at the master’s or doctoral level. Here are the 2010 recipients:

Naoko Hawkins is a PhD student in the department of sociology at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral research examines the health of immigrant workers.

Shafiq Shah is pursuing his PhD at McMaster University. He is developing and examining knowledge transfer resources for community nurses to reduce work-related musculoskeletal injuries.

Two staff members awarded fellowships

PhD Student Andrea Chambers has been offered a three-year PhD fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) called the Frederick Banting and Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship Doctoral Award. Chambers is in the health and behavioural science PhD program in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health at the University of Toronto. Brendan Smith has been offered a one-year Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS) fellowship and a one-year stipend from the CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy, based at the University of Toronto. Smith is completing a PhD in epidemiology at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Both Chambers and Smith are employed as research associates at the Institute for Work & Health.

Two new studies launched

A number of studies have been initiated by the Institute for Work & Health in 2010. Here are two of our new projects:

Senior Scientist Dr. Sheilah Hogg-Johnson will lead a study that examines the different ways in which firms have been identified for targeted occupational health and safety interventions.

Scientist Dr. Agnieszka Kosny will lead a study of the challenges that co-workers face when an injured colleague returns to work on modified duties.

Systematic review team receives funding renewal

The 13 academic groups that comprise Cochrane Canada recently received notice of renewal of funding with the announcement of a five-year operating grant of $9.6 million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Part of these funds will go to the Cochrane Back Review Group, which is administered by IWH. This funding commitment will help the Back Review Group to continue to conduct systematic reviews of effective methods for the diagnosis and treatment of neck and back disorders.

Source: At Work, Issue 62, Fall 2010: Institute for Work & Health, Toronto