Archives For: 2011

23rd International Society for Environmental Epidemiology Conference

The 23rd ISEE conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain, September 13-16, 2011. The conference will focus on sustainable transport and health, the impact of climate change, and in utero and early life exposures and their health effects in later life. For more information, visit the conference website.

22nd International Conference on Epidemiology in Occupational Health

EPICOH 2011 will be held September 7-9 in Oxford, England. The conference covers all areas of epidemiology and is aimed at epidemiologists, statisticians, physicians, industrial hygienists, regulators, and other occupational health scientists. More information on EPICOH 2011 can be found on the conference website.

IARC classifies radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans

In May 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) hosted a Working Group meeting of 31 scientists to discuss the health risks associated with exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (EMFs). As a result, IARC and the World Health Organization have classified EMFs as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B). Link to the IARC …

Occupational cancer surveillance using the 1991-2006 Canadian census mortality & cancer cohort

Completed. The goal of this project is to identify occupations, industries, or exposures that lead to an increased risk of cancer, by using a database containing information from the 1991 long form census linked to the Canadian Cancer Registry data.

Surveillance of occupational cancer risks through linkage of WSIB claims to the Ontario Cancer Registry

Completed. The goal of this project is to develop a new way to monitor and measure workplace risk factors for cancer, by linking occupation and industry data to the Ontario Cancer registry via records of WSIB claims.

Review of Canadian studies that have measured exposure to workplace carcinogens

Significance: There is a large body of research on occupational exposures in Canadian workplaces, but there is no central repository for this information. Having a database in which information from different studies could be collected and analyzed would allow researchers to identify overexposed worker populations, find gaps in the research, and build up background knowledge …

The history of occupational cancer research in Ontario (1950-2010)

Significance: This project will provide a comprehensive analysis, from a historical perspective, of the development of occupational cancer research in Ontario.  It will provide insights into the role Ontario has played in occupational cancer research and how, as a result of its long and rich history, the province is strategically placed to be a leader …

Exposure to multiple pesticides and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in men from six Canadian provinces

Hohenadel K, Harris SA, McLaughlin JR, Spinelli JJ, Pahwa P, Dosman JA, Demers PA, Blair A. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2011; 8(6):2320-2330.

The human and economic burden of occupational cancer in Canada

Complete. This study estimated the number of cancers and cancer deaths occurring in Canada due to workplace exposure to carcinogens, and the economic costs of these cancers.

Occupational cancer in developed countries

Blair A, Marrett L, Beane Freeman L. Environmental Health 2011; 10(Suppl 1):S9.