Published: February 10, 2015

IWH measurement expert joins executive of world body on rheumatology outcomes

Institute for Work & Health (IWH) scientist Dr. Dorcas Beaton has been named to the executive of Outcome Measures in Rheumatology, also known as OMERACT. It’s a consensus-based world organization that strives to improve and standardize the measure ment and interpretation of outcomes in rheumatology research. Beaton is also one of the leads on a working group that, last spring, succeeded in obtaining OMERACT endorsement of a set of measures to as sess work productivity among people with rheumatic diseases. She will be involved in organizing and host ing OMERACT’s next biannual meeting in 2016 in Whistler, B.C.

Applications now being accepted for Syme fellowships on work and health

Applications are being accepted for the 2015 S. Leonard Syme Fellowships until April 30. Open to young researchers at the master’s or doctoral level who intend to study work and health, the awards are typically worth $5,000 and occasionally $15,000 for a major fellowship. Preference is given to candidates whose research interests include the social determinants of health and illness at work, workplace interventions to improve health, or measurement issues associated with either of these two areas. For more information, go to:

Spring 2015 systematic review workshop to be held May 6-8 in Toronto

Learn how to plan and conduct a systematic review, how to interpret results and how to communicate findings. The Spring 2015 edition of this popular three-day workshop is now open for registration. For more detail and sign-up information, go to:

Institute to host world conference on musculoskeletal research

It’s a little more than a year before IWH plays host to several hundred musculoskeletal disorders experts from around the globe. PREMUS 2016, the 9th International Conference on the Prevention of Work- related Musculoskeletal Disorders, will be held June 20-23, 2016 in Toronto. To receive updates on the conference, sign up at: