Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture

The annual Alf Nachemson Lecture was established in 2002 by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) to honour the significant contributions of Dr. Alf Nachemson to the use of research evidence in clinical decision-making. Dr. Nachemson was a distinguished orthopaedic surgeon and researcher from Sweden, and a founding member of the Institute’s Scientific Advisory Committee. When he passed away in 2006, the lecture was renamed the Alf Nachemson Memorial Lecture.

The lectureship is awarded to a prominent national or international individual who has made a significant and unique contribution to: causes or management of work-related musculoskeletal pain; evidence-based practice in the prevention of work-related injury, illness or disability; emerging challenges in the interface between work and health; or the role of evidence in policy-making.

Upcoming presentations

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Past presentations

High-hazard industries: addressing safety culture, climate and leadership to improve outcomes

  • Dr. Linda M. Goldenhar, Director of Research and Evaluation, CPWR—The Center for Construction Research and Training, Silver Spring, Maryland

A celebration of Wolfgang Zimmermann and the work of NIDMAR

The Institute for Work & Health’s 2016 Nachemson lecture celebrates the important work of Wolfgang Zimmermann and the organization he leads. Joachim Breuer, Andrew King and The Honourable Wayne G. Wouters will talk about his important contribution both in Canada and beyond to improving the circumstances of people with disabilities in the working world.

Using research evidence to help prevent work disability in Ontario

  • Judy Geary, Former Executive, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)

Assessing the impact of NIOSH research on worker health protection

  • Dr. Paul Schulte, Director, Education and Information Division, U.S National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety (NIOSH)

Research informing policy: How to make an impact

  • Dr. Mieke Koehoorn, Professor, School of Population & Public Health, University of British Columbia

Thirty years after OHSA: Keeping pace with the changing world of work

  • Dr. Michael Silverstein, Professor, University of Washington, School of Public Health

Research informing public policy: Workers’ compensation in California

  • Dr. Robert T. Reville, Senior economist, RAND

No small matter: Unpacking the problem of health and safety in small workplaces

  • Dr. Joan Eakin, Professor, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

Quality improvement in health-care services for injured workers

  • Dr. Thomas Wickizer, Professor of Health Services, University of Washington