The Health Effects of Shift Work – April 12, 2010

The OCRC and the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) co-hosted a symposium entitled “The Health Effects of Shift Work” on April 12, 2010.

summary report of the proceedings was compiled by the IWH. Complete presentations from the conference are found below, and more information can also be found on the IWH website.


Symposium Presentations

The prevalence of shift work in Canada
Paul Demers, Occupational Cancer Research Centre

Shift work and sleep disturbance
Torbjörn Åkerstedt, Stress Research Institute, Stockholm University

Shift work and breast cancer: the need for mechanisms
Richard Stevens, Department of Community Medicine and Health Care, University of Conneticut

Shift work and adverse health effects: possible biological mechanisms
Scott Davis, University of Washington School of Public Health

Night work, night light and cancer: animal evidence
David Blask, Laboratory of Chrono-Neuroendocrine Oncology, Tulane University School of Medicine

Light at night and health: the Nurses’ Health Study cohorts
Eva Schernhammer, Harvard Medical School

Shift work and the risk of work injury
Cameron Mustard, Institute for Work & Health, Toronto

Shift work and the risk of ischemic heart disease: a systematic review of the epidemiologic evidence
Poul Frost, Department of Occupational Medicine, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark

Shift work and pregnancy outcomes
Matteo Bonzini, University of Insubria, Varese, Italy