Published: October 23, 2009

IWH co-hosts CARWH conference

Hold the dates May 28-29, 2010. That’s when the next biennial conference of the Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health (CARWH) is to be held in Toronto. Co-hosted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), the conference will share research findings in the area of work and health. The theme of the 2010 conference is “Worker Health in a Changing World of Work.” For details on submitting abstracts and other information as it becomes available, go to:

WorkCongress9 cancelled

The host organizations of WorkCongress9 — the Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board and the Institute for Work & Health — regret to announce the cancellation of the planned ninth international meeting of WorkCongress in Toronto next spring. Ongoing monitoring indicated that registration numbers were not going to reach needed targets. Both organizations remain committed to the vision of WorkCongress – to bring together policy-makers, practitioners and academics from around the world to discuss and debate optimal approaches to the prevention, management and fair compensation of work-related disability.

IWH awards Syme Fellowships

IWH has awarded S. Leonard Syme Fellowships for the 2009/2010 year to three young researchers at the master’s or doctoral level who are studying work and health:

  • Ken Tang holds a combined MSc in physical therapy and rehabilitation science from the University of Toronto. His research focuses on measuring disability due to work-related musculoskeletal disorders and its impact on work performance.
  • Craig Ervine is a PhD candidate in work and health at the University of Western Ontario. He is interested in measuring social capital in the workplace (i.e. positive interpersonal relationships) and its influence on absenteeism and injury rates.
  • Paula Van Wyk is a PhD candidate in kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Her research aim is to determine the safest and most effective procedures for training nurses about the use of manual patient transfers in hospitals.