Published: April 22, 2010

IWH researchers win award

Three IWH researchers received the Carolyn Thomas Award for best scientific abstract at the Canadian Rheumatology Association’s meeting in February. IWH researchers Carol Kennedy, Dr. Dorcas Beaton and Dr. Sheilah Hogg-Johnson evaluated the effectiveness of an education program for adults with arthritis using a wait-listed control group design. The study found that the education program improved arthritis self-efficacy and other secondary outcomes such as arthritis knowledge and coping skills. 

Journal has special section for IWH reviews

The Journal of Occupational Rehabilitation is publishing a special section with five IWH systematic reviews in its upcoming issue (vol. 20, no.2). Co-edited by IWH’s Scientific Director Dr. Ben Amick and Director of Research Operations Emma Irvin, the section will include results from the following reviews: reducing upper extremity musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), ergonomic interventions with economic evaluations, two on health and safety in small businesses and preventing MSDs in the health-care sector. Although past IWH reviews have been published in peer-reviewed journals, this marks the first time a journal has had a dedicated section to multiple reviews, including an introduction by Irvin and concluding recommendations from Amick.

Deadline approaching for fellowship applicants

The Institute for Work & Health (IWH) is now accepting applications for S. Leonard Syme Training Fellowships in Work & Health. The fellowships are for master’s or doctoral students who intend to study work and health. IWH is particularly interested in applicants who show a commitment to research that aims to reduce work-related injury, illness and disability in Ontario. The deadline for applying is Friday, May 28, 2010.

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Systematic review workshop coming this November

The Institute’s popular systematic review workshop, which has now been presented internationally, will be held in Toronto on November 24 and 25. The workshop will teach participants how to plan, conduct and communicate the results of a systematic review. It is designed for clinical trainees, clinicians, academics and researchers who have a general interest in the methodology of systematic reviews and for those planning to conduct a systematic review in the future. Its faculty has been invited to deliver the workshop to medical specialists in Belgium, Portugal and Brazil.

To express your interest in attending, please email