Dr. Aviroop Biswas is an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health. He is also an assistant professor in social and behavioural health sciences at the University of Toronto's Dalla Lana School of Public Health.
Biswas obtained his PhD in health services research at the University of Toronto’s Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation. During his PhD studies, he received a doctoral research fellowship from the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and was a past recipient of the University of Toronto’s Ted Goldberg award for academic excellence and promise in health services research. Biswas was previously a Mustard post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Work & Health (2017-2019).
Biswas’s research at the Institute explores the complexity of chronic disease etiology in terms of work factors. He is conducting studies examining the interplay between combinations of work and non-work exposures and their effects on health, as well as studies informing strategies to promote the health, safety and well-being of the workforce. His doctoral research focused on informing strategies to reduce the health risks associated with prolonged sedentary behaviour among cardiac rehabilitation patients. Biswas uses various scientific methods to conduct his research, including the epidemiological analysis of population surveys and administrative data, systematic reviews and qualitative approaches.
“Worker health goes beyond simply thinking about protecting workers from the hazards of work. Unhealthy living not only increases the risk of preventable disease, but is also a major cause of workplace absence and injury. The challenge is to convince employers that the health and well-being of workers is in the best interests of the workplace to promote.” – Dr. Avi Biswas