With an emphasis on the prevention of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), PREMUS is an international scientific conference that paves way for work-related musculoskeletal health research. It is the primary conference of the Musculoskeletal Disorders Scientific Community of the International Commission of Occupational Health (ICOH), and has been taking place every three years since 1992.

The conference brings together scientists, researchers, occupational health and safety professionals, ergonomists, industrial engineers and policy-makers from around the world. These delegates have a shared interest in understanding the causes and prevalence of work-related musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs), as well as the evidence-based interventions that will prevent them.

All keynote speakers are by invitation only and are recognized for their leadership and international expertise. All presentations go through a peer-review process to ensure presentations reflect high quality research.

Who Should Attend

  • Scientists, academics and students from a wide range of disciplines—human factors, industrial engineering, occupational health, occupational safety, disability prevention, health policy, epidemiology, economics, medicine, physical therapy, kinesiology, ergonomics, public health and more—whose research addresses musculoskeletal health issues
  • Clinicians, including doctors, chiropractors, physiotherapists, kinesiologists, occupational therapists
  • Ergonomists and workplace-based practitioners in occupational health and safety, disability management and return-to-work
  • Policy-makers in labour, health, public health and workers’ compensation
  • Advocates for workers and injured workers
  • Anyone with an interest in evidence-based approaches to identifying, measuring, treating and preventing work-related MSDs

Conference Objectives

  • To promote and disseminate research into state-of-the-art interventions aimed at the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders at work
  • To foster cross-disciplinary, trans-disciplinary and translational research into the etiology and prevention of work-related MSDs
  • To provide an international platform for the exchange of knowledge and expertise in musculoskeletal research and practice related to occupational MSD prevention
  • To provide a forum for exploring future research collaborations to address gaps in knowledge about work-related MSDs