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Isocyanates and Health: Past, Present and Future

April 3 - 4, 2013
Bolger Conference Center
Potomac, Maryland
Hosted by Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability
Conference Website

The purpose of this international multidisciplinary conference is to identify and discuss the latest knowledge and important issues on the health effects of isocyanates, including current best evidence about exposure monitoring, environmental controls and clinical management.

Conference Themes

    • Worker and consumer exposure issues
    • Toxicity testing/animal models/biomarkers
    • Human cancer risk
    • Environmental exposure/monitoring
    • Respiratory epidemiology and disease
    • Occupational health surveillance/management
    • Research to practice/health communication (integrated across each theme above)


Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability Conference: Musculoskeletal Disorders and Chronic Pain: Evidence-based approaches for clinical care, disability prevention and claims management

February 10 - February 12, 2011
Century Plaza Hotel
Los Angeles, California
Hosted by Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability
Conference Website

The purpose of this conference is to present the latest research, evidence-based literature synthesis and real world applications regarding assessment, management and prevention for musculoskeletal disorders, chronic pain and disability. Information presented at the conference should be especially useful for occupational medicine, primary care and other specialist physicians and health professionals dealing with working age adults, researchers, and those involved with health policy development.  The conference should also help claims managers, attorneys, and others understand how to apply an evidence–based approach in insurance claim management and medical-legal settings. 

Conference Themes

    • Descriptive Epidemiology (prevalence, incidence, natural history, risk factors)
    • Basic Science (disease mechanisms, biomechanics and ergonomics)
    • Evidence-based Assessment (diagnosis, functional capacity assessment)
    • Evidence-based Treatment (clinical effectiveness and prognosis)
    • Primary Prevention and Prevention of Disability
    • Cost-effectiveness Studies
    • Economic and Societal Impact
    • Claims Management and Medico-legal Issues
    • Regulation and Health Policy Development

Call for Papers

    • Deadline for Early Bird Abstract Submission (Eligible for Cash Prizes) July 15, 2010
    • Deadline for late breaking papers and posters October 1, 2010

BC Summit to Prevent Needless Work Disability

November 25, 2008
Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
Vancouver, BC
Conference Website

The 60 Summits Project was conceived as a strategy to increase awareness of the new work disability prevention guideline and catalyze the implementation of evidence-based disability prevention practices across North America.

The purpose of the Summit is to create an opportunity for key stakeholders to:

  • Participate in a needs assessment to determine disability prevention and management priorities in BC
  • Discuss the implications of the Guideline’s 16 recommendations for BC
  • Identify priorities and strategies for achieving widespread improvements in disability prevention and management practices
  • Develop concrete action plans for change in BC
  • Form action coalitions to carry out summit plans

World Congress on Neck PainConference

January 20-22, 2008
Los Angeles, CA
Conference Website 

Planning is underway with the Bone and Joint Decade Task Force on Neck Pain to develop a comprehensive dissemination strategy to facilitate the dissemination and utilization of research findings on the diagnosis and management of patients with neck pain and related disorders. CIRPD is working with a coalition of government agencies, non-profit organizations, consumer organizations and health professional organizations and other stakeholders.

Business Health – Employee Health Conference

Creation, Retention and Renewal – Connecting Research to Training and Practice
July 7-9, 2006
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC
Conference Website   

Canadian Association of Disability Management Consultants Symposium

June 12, 2003
Return To Work: A Day with Dr. Ray Baker and Dr. Alan Buchanan
CIRPD was a co-sponsor along with CADMC

Symptom, Diagnostic and Disability Validity: Improving Patient Outcomes

September 26-29, 2002
Toronto / Markham, Ontario
Conference Website 

Clinical Assessment of Dissimulation in Forensic Psychiatry

September 30, 2002
Toronto / Markham, Ontario
Conference Website 

Back Pain and Disability Congress

November 30 – December 2, 2001
New York, New York
Back Pain and Disability Conference Materials

World Congress on Whiplash-Associated Disorders

February 7-11, 1999
Vancouver, BC

The BC Whiplash Initiative

UBC Whiplash Initiative Website
Project Background and Results

Clinical Approaches to Spinal Disorders: Ergonomics in the Workplace, Systems of Rehabilitation, Comparing Standards for Compensation and Disability

Prague, Czech Republic

Pain Emanating from the Head and Neck

Banff, Alberta
Proceedings published in the Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain

Repetitive Strain Injuries, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome:Current Concepts in Diagnosis, Management and Cost Containment

Kelowna / Victoria / Prince George / Kamloops, BC
Teleconference held in association with the Divisions of Rheumatology and Infectious Diseases, UBC, attracting 600 patients. Proceedings published in the Journal of Musculoskeletal Pain.

Industrial Myoskeletal Disorder: Designing Prevention and Cost Effective Rehabilitation Programmes

Prague, Czech Republic

Pain and Disability, Can we prevent them?

University of Oxford
Oxford, England

The Worker in the Workplace, Rehabilitation of the Injured Worker

University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Nerves, Muscles and Joints: Differential Diagnosis and Treatment

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

Low Back Pain: A Changing Paradigm

University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario

Common Musculoskeletal Dysfunction, Differential Diagnosis and Treatment

University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC

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