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OEH Seminar: Optimizing Work-Related Asthma Surveillance
Friday, October 27, 2017 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm
Venue: University of Toronto, Gage Building, Room 108, 223 College Street (enter off Ross Street)
Environmental and Occupational Health
City: Toronto
Type: Seminar
Format: In Person; Webinar

Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

It is widely acknowledged that work-related asthma (WRA) is under-recognized and under-reported. Population attributable risk (PAR) estimates of the prevalence of WRA in adults with asthma range from 10-25%. However, compensation rates in Ontario are much lower. Linkage of compensation claims data with administrative data is a potential means of estimating the burden of WRA and quantifying the magnitude of under-recognition and/or under-reporting in comparison to PAR estimates. This presentation will highlight recent research examining the prevalence, demographic, geographic, and temporal patterns of compensated WRA, among individuals with asthma in Ontario

Presenter: Dr. Diane Lougheed

Dr. Diane Lougheed is a Professor of Medicine, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences, and Public Health Sciences, and Chair of the Division of Respirology at Queen’s University. She is also a Senior Adjunct Scientist within the Chronic Disease and Pharmacotherapy Program at the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES).  She is a clinician scientist, whose primary clinical interests are severe asthma and the care of adults with cystic fibrosis. She is the Director of the Kingston General Hospital Asthma Program and Asthma Research Unit, and Medical Advisor of the Asthma Education Centre.  Dr. Lougheed obtained her medical degree from McMaster University.  She completed her Internal Medicine residency at McMaster University and Respirology fellowship at Queen’s University.  She also has a Master’s Degree in Epidemiology from Queen's University.

The Occupational and Environmental Health Seminar Series is a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The series is also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), and by the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists (CRBOH) for Registration Maintenance (RM) points. For more information, please contact Elaina MacIntyre (

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