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Session:  Sex and Gender in Fire Fighter Health:  A Research Update
The focus of this presentation is to discuss new FIREWELL studies that identified sex and gender differences in firefighting task performances, prevalence of musculoskeletal disorders, and critical incident exposures. This presentation will also discuss gaps in knowledge and where we need to go in the future.

Nov 3, 2020 01:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Joy McDermid
Joy MacDermid, PhD, is a physical therapist, hand therapist, and researcher. She is a Professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Western University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Her research interests include: work health, clinical measurement, rehabilitation, and knowledge translation. Dr. MacDermid is the Scientific Director of FIREWELL, a national network of firefighters and scientists who conduct applied research to improve firefighter health and safety. She has over 15 years of experience collaborating with firefighters on occupational health research.
Sara A. Jahnke
Sara Jahnke, PhD, is the Director and a Senior Scientist with the Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research at the National Development & Research Institutes - USA. With over a decade of research experience on firefighter health, she has been the Principal Investigator on ten national studies as well as dozens of studies as a co-investigator. Her work has focused on a range of health concerns including the health of women firefighters, behavioral health, risk of injury, cancer, cardiovascular risk factors, and substance use with funding from the Assistance to Firefighters Grant R&D Program, the National Institutes of Health and other foundations. She has more than 100 publications in the peer reviewed medical literature.