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  • 18 Feb 2013 7:25 AM | Anonymous
    We are delighted to announce that registration and abstract submission for the 21st International Symposium on Shiftwork and Working Time is now open. 

    Abstracts can be submitted via website (www.fsp.usp.br/shiftwork2013). Guidelines for submission are on the website as well.

    Deadlines:

    February 1st, 2013

    - Submission of abstracts opens
    - Early bird registration opens

    April 15th, 2013

    - Deadline for submission of abstracts
    - Early bird registration closes

    May 31st, 2013

    - Notification of abstract acceptance

    September 30th, 2013- Registration closes*

    * After this date (30/9/2013), those interested to attend the symposium should contact the Local Organizing committee (shiftwork2013@usp.br) to check availability of hotel rooms.

    If you have any questions about it, feel free to email us.

  • 23 Oct 2012 3:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We are looking forward to a nice conference in Brasil in 2013. See for details: http://www.fsp.usp.br/shiftwork2013/

  • 13 Oct 2012 6:34 AM | Anonymous
    "Nature of Science and Sleep, published by Dove Medical Press, calls particular attention to one of its recently published articles: “Shift Work: Health, Performance and Safety Problems,Traditional Countermeasures and Innovative Management Strategies to Reduce Circadian Misalignment.

    "There are three mechanisms which may contribute to the health, performance and safety problems associated with night shift work:

    1) Circadian misalignment between the internal circadian clock and activities such as work, sleep and eating 
    2) Chronic, partial sleep deprivation 
    3) Melatonin suppression by light at night."

    Read the full article and browse the open access journal here

  • 21 Aug 2012 2:43 PM | Anonymous
    See the attached pdf for details of the upcoming conference "Sleep and Shift Work: Optimizing Productivity and Health Management in the 24/7 Global Economy" to be held in Boston, US, September 27–28, 2012. 

    Further details and registration can be found here. 
  • 13 Jul 2012 5:46 AM | Anonymous
    Maelle Salmon has kindly summarised the responses to the question as to whether nurses receive monetary and/or time-off compensation for night work discussed over SINET. 

    It seems that in most countries the compensation is monetary, although in some there is time-off as well. Only a single country only uses time-off. 

    The details to date are given in two different formats on the Links and Materials page.

    Maelle has volunteered to update these files if she receives a significant amount of further information.
  • 30 May 2012 4:38 AM | Anonymous
    To help facilitate networking opportunities for "early career" WTS researchers, a mailing list similar to the SINET list is being established.  This list will provide a platform for all kinds of questions regarding research and career issues and opportunities, and will help to organize social events, meetings, etc. for “early career” researchers at future Shiftwork Symposia.

    To subscribe to the “Early Career” Researcher List please send an email with your contact information (including at least your name and email address) to anna.wirtz(at)gawo-ev.de. Ideas and suggestions for using this list are welcome!

  • 02 Apr 2012 5:02 AM | Anonymous
    "This is a joint congress of the 27th conference of the International Society for Chronobiology and 24th conference of the Indian Society for Chronobiology. This is first ever conference of the International Society for Chronobiology in the Indian sub-continent. It is a great occasion that we not only actively participate in this Congress but also share, discuss and exchange our ideas on diverse aspects of Chronobiology. Together, we may be able to outline future research goals so as to benefit the mankind and other living beings. In view of this, we have outlined a focal theme for this Congress, entitled, “Biological Clocks and Health Issues in the 21st Century”.

    "The Congress offers plenary lectures, thematic symposia in both oral and poster sessions. This website would be able to provide you the relevant information on important dates, organization, conference venue, registration, scientific program, abstract submission, accommodation, social activities, pre- and post congress tours, and other useful links for additional information."

    Register here

  • 15 Mar 2012 10:23 AM | Anonymous
    Dear colleagues,
    I would like to remind you the deadline for sending proposals for thematic sessions at the 21st International Symposium on Shiftwork and Working Time.

    Please, send your proposal to shiftwork2013@usp.br by April 1st.

    Details about how to submit the proposal can be found at the congress website
    http://www.fsp.usp.br/ shiftwork2013

    We look forward to hearing from you,
    On behalf of the Organizing Committee,
    Claudia Moreno.
  • 26 Jan 2012 6:30 PM | Anonymous
    "Overtime Work as a Predictor of Major Depressive Episode: A 5-Year Follow-Up of the Whitehall II Study" by Marianna Virtanen, Stephen A. Stansfeld, Rebecca Fuhrer Jane E. Ferrie and Mika Kivimäki. 

    Abstract: 

    Background 
    The association between overtime work and depression is still unclear. This study examined the association between overtime work and the onset of a major depressive episode (MDE). 

    Methodology/Principal Findings 
    Prospective cohort study with a baseline examination of working hours, psychological morbidity (an indicator of baseline depression) and depression risk factors in 1991–1993 and a follow-up of major depressive episode in 1997–1999 (mean follow-up 5.8 years) among British civil servants (the Whitehall II study; 1626 men, 497 women, mean age 47 years at baseline). Onset of 12-month MDE was assessed by the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI) at follow-up. In prospective analysis of participants with no psychological morbidity at baseline, the odds ratio for a subsequent major depressive episode was 2.43 (95% confidence interval 1.11 to 5.30) times higher for those working 11+ hours a day compared to employees working 7–8 hours a day, when adjusted for socio-demographic factors at baseline. Further adjustment for chronic physical disease, smoking, alcohol use, job strain and work-related social support had little effect on this association (odds ratio 2.52; 95% confidence interval 1.12 to 5.65). 

    Conclusions/Significance 
    Data from middle-aged civil servants suggest that working long hours of overtime may predispose to major depressive episodes.
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