IWH Updates - Summer 2016

Published: August 10, 2016

2016 Nachemson to honour RTW pioneer

This fall, join a panel of distinguished guests from across Canada and beyond to celebrate Wolfgang Zimmermann and his contribution to improving the circumstances of people with disabilities in the working world. As the founder and executive director of the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR), Zimmermann has been a tireless advocate of labour-management workplace reintegration programs. Hear from Andrew King, formerly of the United Steelworkers Union of Canada, the German Social Accident Insurance’s Joachim Breuer, and former Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet in Ottawa The Honourable Wayne G. Wouters, PC. The annual Nachemson lecture, hosted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), is one of the most important networking events of the year in Ontario for policy-makers, researchers, professionals, advocates and other stakeholders in the field of work injury and disability prevention. This year’s event takes place on Friday, October 14, at 11:30a.m. with lunch following. To find out more and sign up, go to: www.iwh.on.ca/nachemson-lecture.

CARWH 2016 takes place this fall in Toronto

On October 16-18, the Institute teams up with the Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC) to co-host the 2016 Canadian Association for Research on Work and Health (CARWH) conference. Held about every two years since 2001, CARWH conferences seek to bridge important gaps in work and health research by promoting knowledge exchange, research partnerships, and translation of research into the prevention and management of work-related injury and illness. Sign up at: www.carwh2016.iwh.on.ca.

IWH senior scientist honoured with award

Congratulations to Dr. Dorcas Beaton, senior scientist at IWH. She recently received the 2016 Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Toronto’s Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Alumni Association. The award, given out every year since 1996, acknowledges graduates who have made an exceptional contribution as a physical therapy or occupational therapy professional. Beaton is a member of IWH’s measurement group and the lead researcher in the development of the DASH (Disabilities of the Arm, Hand and Shoulder) Outcome Measure. For more information about the award, go to: https://ptosotalumni.com/alumni-awards/

Welcome to new associate scientist

IWH welcomes Dr. Arif Jetha, who has recently been named an associate scientist. Jetha, who first joined IWH in 2015 as a Mustard Post-Doctoral Fellow, focuses his research on preventing and managing work disability among workers with chronic conditions.