Belfast Waterfront
June 13th - 16th

Psyche, Science
and Medicine

Detailed Programme Available Here as a pdf

The abstracts are available from this web site. For speeches and oral presentations you can click on the "add to basket" link next to the relevant item. For posters and a full list click here.

Monday 13th June 2011

Welcome Reception in the Great Hall at Queen’s University, Belfast at 7.30pm, with Registration

Tuesday 14th June 2011

morning session: International Occupational Medicine
Opening Address: Dr Olivia Carlton, President of the Society of Occupational Medicine
Welcome: Dr Michael McBride, Chief Medicial Officer for Northern Ireland
Add To BasketInternational Collaboration for Occupational Health, Professor Kazutaka Kogi, President of the International Commission on Occupational Health
Occupational Health needs in a developing country, Professor Tar-Ching Aw, United Arab Emirates University

Parallel Sessions:

International Occupational Medicine

Add To BasketAnti-doping legislation & performance enhancing products
Dr Allison Jones, Danville, USA

International Occupational Medicine - TBC

Add To BasketImplementing a global healthcare system for a multi-national business
Dr Paul Gannon, DuPont Europe, Switzerland

American College of Occupational and Environmental MedicineIrish Faculty of Occupational Medicine
Interactive International Expert
Panel with experts from USA, UK
and Ireland.

The Future of Occupational Medicine in a changing world

Facilitated by Karen Patterson,
BBC Northern Ireland

afternoon session: The Science of Occupational Medicine
Occupational Health: hazards and reproduction, Prof Jens Peter Bonde, Copenhagen University Hospital Denmark
The impact of drugs on behaviour and work performance, Prof Ian Hindmarch, University of Surrey, UK
The medically reported incidence of work-related ill-health in Ireland, Prof Raymond Agius, University of Manchester, UK

Parallel Sessions:

The Science of Occupational Medicine

Occupational exposure limits in the EU - the current state of play
Professor Len Levy, Institute of Environment and Health, UK

Assessing environmental consequences of industrial emissions
Dr Martin Hogan, EHASoft Ltd, Ireland
Electromagnetic fields and human health
Mr John McAuley, Compliance Engineering Ireland Ltd, Ireland

Xtreme Everest – work, rest and
play on the terrestrial pole

Dr Roger McMorrow, Caudwell
Xtreme Everest Expedition, UK

The Science of Marketing OH
Dr Geoff Helliwell, WellWork Ltd,

Aviation medicine
Dr Dominick Natin, Mater Hospital,
Dublin, Ireland


SOM Annual General Meeting

Scientific Posters – delegates to score scientific posters

Belfast Pub Tour


Wednesday 15th June 2011



Thursday 16th June 2011


morning session:
Academic Occupational Medicine

Oral Presentations of accepted abstracts


Add To BasketInvestigating outbreaks of occupational lung disease
Professor Sir Anthony Newman Taylor CBE, Principal of the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, UK

Academic Occupational Medicine: the challenge
Professor Sir Mansel Aylward CB, Chair of Public Health, Wales, UK

The four best submitted abstracts

The lungs at work
Professor Jon Ayres, University of Birmingham, UK


morning session:
The Psyche and Occupational Medicine

Oral Presentations of accepted abstracts

Teamwork and changing culture in workplaces
Professor Aidan Halligan, University College London
Hospital, UK

Add To BasketPost Traumatic Stress Disorder – an organisational approach to what works?
Professor Neil Greenberg, King’s College London, UK

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the impact on work
Professor James Lucey, St Patrick’s University Hospital Dublin, Ireland

Parallel Sessions:
The Psyche of Occupational Medicine


Psychological approach
to organisational
conflict and the role
of an in-house
mediation service

Dr Barbara Wren,
Royal Free Hampstead
NHS Trust, UK

Practitioner Health
Programme, London

Dr Max Henderson,
Institute of Psychiatry,
Kings College London, UK

Add To BasketBuilding Resilence
Dr Neal Gething,
St Charles Hospital,
London, UK


Functional symptoms
in medicine: can we
(should we) have a
science of the psyche?

Dr Alan Carson, Royal
Edinburgh Hospital, UK

Add To BasketFibromyalgia:
chasing the wind or
putting up the sails?

Dr Philip Gardiner,
Western Health and
Social Care Trust,
Northern Ireland

Add To BasketBurnout: characteristics,
causes and treatment

Dr John Sharkey,
Consultant Psychiatrist,
Northern Ireland


Afternoon session: Workplace Visits/City Tours/HSE Laboratory Session/Workshops

4 Options:



Workplace Visits



Discover Belfast

or Golf at the Malone Golf Club or Cycle tour

13.30 – 15.30

100 years of HSL: enabling a better Working Britain 

Andrew Curran, HSE, UK

Tools for Wellbeing - Leadership & health& safety culture - Health & safety climate tool - Competence


Workshops 1.30 – 3.45pm and repeated 4.00 – 6.15pm

Positive Mental Training: a new guided self-help programme for mental health referrals to OM, wellbeing and resilience.

Alastair Dobbin, The Foundation for Positive Mental Health, UK

Add To BasketLegal Update
Mrs Diana Kloss MBE, Barrister and University of Manchester, UK

Using an evidence based approach to address current HSE issues.
Dr John Osman, HSE, UK

Add To BasketThe Christchurch earthquake and the role of the occupational physician – a personal account
Dr David McBride, University of Otago, New Zealand



Gala Dinner at Belfast City Hall