Keynote Speakers

Ben Amick

Putting the Organization Back in Work Disability Research: Do We Need to Think More Theoretically?

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Ben AmickBen Amick received his PHD in social epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health and completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Yale School of Medicine in Psychosocial Epidemiology. He worked in the US Congress Office of Technology Assessment as a Policy Analyst while completing his PhD. Ben has worked at The Health Institute at New England Medical Center with appointments at both Harvard in the School of Public Health and Tufts School of Medicine, Rice University and the University of Texas School of Public Health in Houston and currently at Florida International University in Miami. During his academic career he has consistently had appointments at the Institute for Work & Health in Toronto Canada. Currently, he is a Senior Scientist actively engaged in research on leading indicators, interventions to improve safety and reduce disability and translating research to practice.



Alex Burdorf

Why do the same interventions impact different populations in different ways?

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Alex BurdorfAlex Burdorf was trained as an occupational hygienist and epidemiologist at the University Wageningen in The Netherlands. After his move to the Department of Public Health at Erasmus University Rotterdam, he started projects in occupational health, including etiological studies on musculoskeletal complaints, respiratory disorders, and reproductive disorders as well as various intervention studies, eg ergonomic improvements in the workplace and workplace health promotion programmes. He is currently as full professor responsible for the research programme “Determinants of Public Health” with research groups on social epidemiology, health-related behaviours, and occupational health. His current interest is the interrelationship between health and work performance and participation, including work ability, productivity at work, and workplace health promotion. He has co-authored over 250 international publications.



Christopher Prinz

Don’t ignore mental health: Addressing the biggest challenge for OECD labour markets

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Christopher PrinzChristopher Prinz is a Senior Policy Analyst in the Employment Analysis and Policy Division of the OECD. He currently leads the OECD’s Mental Health and Work review team, which published a first report in early 2012 – Sick on the Job? Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work – and is now producing a series of country studies on this topic (see Christopher joined the OECD in early 2000 and has, since then, managed the work of the Organisation on sickness and disability policies for the working-age population. He co-authored all reports in the Sickness, Disability and Work series published in the period 2006-2010 and was the author of OECD’s 2003 report Transforming Disability into Ability. Before joining the OECD, Christopher was a researcher at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (1989-1994) and at the European Centre for Social Welfare Policy and Research (1994-2000), when he published widely on pension and family policy and reforms. More broadly, Christopher’s main interest is in employment-oriented social policies. He is Austrian and holds degrees in Statistics (M.A.) and Demography (Ph.D.) from the University of Vienna. Contact: