Dr. Aviroop Biswas is an associate scientist at the Institute for Work & Health.
He 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.
Biswas’s research at the Institute explores how the interplay between work and non-work exposures affect health, and identifies which exposures are associated with better or worse health outcomes. This work is important because exposures don’t occur inside a vacuum (i.e. only at work or outside of work), and because the lines between work and non-work are becoming more blurred. Biswas's research projects largely involve the epidemiological analysis of population surveys and administrative data.
His doctoral dissertation focused on informing strategies to reduce the health risks associated with prolonged sedentary behaviour among cardiac rehabilitation patients and used qualitative research, survey-based research methods, wearable activity monitor-based physical activity tracking, and systematic reviews/meta-analyses.
“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