The Institute for Work & Health is delighted to host PREMUS 2016, the 9th International Conference on the Prevention of Work-related Musculoskeletal Disorders.
We look forward to welcoming you to Toronto in June 2016. Join more than 400 delegates from over 40 countries for four days of scientific exchange and debate. Every three years since 1992, PREMUS has gathered together scientists, students, practitioners in occupational health & safety, epidemiologists, ergonomists, industrial engineers, clinicians and policy-makers, with the goal of promoting multidisciplinary research and the translation of that research into applicable use.
Following a successful 8th conference at Busan, Korea, we will offer an exciting and provocative program of keynote presentations and symposium sessions. The Institute for Work & Health has had a longstanding focus on work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), and we are proud to continue PREMUS's more-than-20-year history as an international platform for the exchange of knowledge and expertise in MSD research and intervention practice related to the prevention of work-related MSDs.
Toronto is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city that draws people from all over the world. We are planning an exciting social program to provide you the opportunity to experience some of the sights and sounds of this very dynamic and global city.
Dr. Cameron Mustard
PREMUS 2016, the 9th International Scientific Conference on the Prevention of Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders, is taking place June 20-23, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.
PREMUS is an international scientific conference that serves as a forum for work-related musculoskeletal health research, with an emphasis on the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). It is the primary conference of the Musculoskeletal Disorders Scientific Community of the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH), and has been taking place every three years since 1992.
The conference brings together scientists, researchers, occupational health and safety professionals, ergonomists, industrial engineers and policy-makers from around the world. These delegates have a shared interest in understanding the causes and prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), as well as the evidence-based interventions that will prevent them.
All keynote speakers are by invitation only and are recognized for their leadership and international expertise. All presentations go through a peer-review process to ensure presentations reflect high quality research.
Who Should Attend
The overarching theme of PREMUS 2016 is Preventing Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders in a Global Economy.
The theme recognizes that musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs) are a concern in workplaces around the world. It also recognizes that it will take the collective knowledge of experts internationally to successfully describe, measure, manage and prevent work-related MSDs.
PREMUS 2016 will bring these experts together to share and build upon this knowledge for the benefit workers everywhere who already have, or are at risk of developing, MSDs.
The conference sessions will focus on eight major themes:
Two committees are behind the work of organizing PREMUS 2016: the International Scientific Committee and the Planning and Hosting Committee.
The Scientific Committee is responsible for:
Meet the members of the PREMUS 2016 International Scientific Committee to date:
Ben Amick, PhD (Chair)
Director of Public Health
Alexis Descatha, MD, PhD
Professor and Head, Occupational Health Unit
Allard van der Beek, PhD
Professor of Occupational Epidemiology
Alysha Myers, PhD, CPE
Epidemiologist, Division of Surveillance, Hazard Evaluations and Field Studies
Bradley Evanoff, MD, MPH
Professor, Internal Medicine
Catherine Trask, PhD
Canada Research Chair in Ergonomics and Musculoskeletal Health
David Douphrate, PhD
Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences
David Rempel, MD, MPH
Professor of Occupational and Environmental Medicine/Ergonomics
Owner and Medical Director
Dongmug Kang, MD, MPH, PhD
Department of Preventive and Occupational Medicine
Edgar Ramos Vieira, PT, MSc, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Physical Therapy
Eira Viikari-Juntura, MD
Research Professor and Director, Disability Prevention Research Centre
Professor, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences
Professor, Department of Physical Therapy, Movement & Rehabilitation Science
Jim Potvin, PhD
Professor, Department of Kinesiology
Centre for Musculoskeketal Research, Department of Occupational and Public Health Sciences
Laura Punnett, ScD
Professor of Work Environment
Lope H. Barrero, ScD
Associate Professor, Department of Industrial Engineering
Mats Hagberg, MD,PhD
Professor, Department of Public Health and Community Medicine
Chief physician, Dept of Occupational & Environmental Medicine
Monique Frings-Dresen, PhD
Professor of Occupational Health and Medicine
Richard Wells, PhD
Professor of Kinesiology
Associate Professor, Department of Medical and Surgical Sciences
Sandra Brouwer, PhD
Professor of Health Sciences
Manager, Musculoskeletal Disorders Health and Safety Cross-Sector
Head of the Scientific Group on Work-Related Musculoskeletal Disorders
Thomas Behrens, MD, MPH
Professor, Institute for Prevention and Occupational Medicine of the German Social Accident Insurance
Yves Roquelaure, MD
Laboratory of Ergonomics and Occupational Health
PREMUS 2016 is being hosted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH), an independent, not-for-profit research organization based in Toronto, Canada. IWH's mission is to promote, protect and improve the safety and health of working people by conducting actionable research that is valued by employers, workers and policy-makers. Now in its 25th year, the Institute has had a longstanding research focus on preventing musculoskeletal disorders.
The Planning and Hosting Committee, based at the Institute, is responsible for:
The members of the Hosting Committee, all based at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto, Canada, are:
Ben Amick, PhD (Chair, International Scientific Committee)
Emma Irvin (Co-Chair, Hosting Committee)
Director of Research Operations
Ron Saunders (Co-Chair, Hosting Committee)
Senior Scientist and Director of Knowledge Transfer and Exchange
Siobhan Cardoso (Event Planner)
Knowledge Translation Associate
Sara Macdonald (Chair, Hospitality Subcommittee)
Knowledge Translation Associate
Cindy Moser (Chair, Communications Subcommittee)
Jan Dvorak (PREMUS Website & Design Coordinator)
Website & Design Coordinator
Uyen Vu (PREMUS Media Relations)
PREMUS 2016 takes place at the Allstream Centre in Toronto, Canada. Modern and ergonomic interior design, state-of-the-art technology and leading-edge environmental practices are all housed within a stunning and historic Art Deco Building.
Situated on the shores of Lake Ontario at Exhibition Place, the Allstream Centre is just minutes away from Toronto’s bustling downtown core, as well as eclectic neighbourhoods to explore such as Liberty Village, Queen Street West, Parkdale, Little Italy and Ossington Avenue. Allstream offers on-site parking, and is easily accessible by highways, the city’s two major airports and public transit.
The Allstream Centre is billed as Canada’s greenest conference centre—the first in the country targeting LEED Silver certification. Its turnkey green meeting spaces feature leading-edge technologies and practices such as: