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REF NO.: 129

SUBJECT: Expert in occupation and environmental medicine visiting Memorial University

DATE: March 14

Note to editors
SafetyNet and the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research (NLCAHR) are sponsoring the St. John’s visit of a notable researcher in occupational and environmental medicine from Duke University the week of March 16 to March 22.
Dr. Hester Lipscomb is an associate professor of occupational and environmental medicine at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC. Her research interests have centered on injury and musculoskeletal outcomes among a variety of workers employed in the construction trades, health care, commercial fishing, and poultry processing. Recent work has led to an interest in the complex relationships between work and disparities in health and the role that qualitative methods need to play in occupational health and safety research.
Dr. Lipscomb will be presenting on Musculoskeletal Symptoms and                
Disorders among Women Employed in Poultry Processing at the Department of Women’s Studies Speakers’ Series on Wednesday, March 19, at 1 pm at A-1042. SafetyNet, NLCAHR, and Community Health are co-sponsoring a public presentation and reception at the Fluvarium that evening, March 19, at 7:30 pm. Drawing on her research with workers involved in poultry processing, residential housing and other sectors, Dr. Lipscomb will speak on Improving Occupational Health and Safety Research.

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To schedule an interview with Dr. Hester Lipscomb or for further information, please contact Amanda Butt, program co-ordinator with the SafetyNet Centre for Occupational Health & Safety Research at 737-7248 or ;  or Sharon Gray, communications co-ordinator (health sciences) at 777-8397 or


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