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Group photo of the attendees of the 2013 International Dairy Research Consortium

 The International Dairy Research Consortium at the July 2013 meeting at Colorado State University.

International Dairy Research Consortium

HICAHS formed the International Dairy Research Consortium (IDRC) with researchers at the Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences to address health and safety on dairy farms in the United States, Europe and other dairy producing countries. The purpose of the IDRC is to collaborate on research and outreach projects that will ultimately result in the reduction of injuries and illnesses among dairy workers internationally. Initially formed following a 2009 dairy workshop in Denver, the group communicates informally via email and meets in conjunction with international health and safety conferences. Researchers from over 10 countries have participated in the 2011 and 2013 IDRC Workshops in Fort Collins, Colorado.

IDRC Board Members

Photo of Christina Lunner Kolstrup

IDRC Board Member, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

I am one of the founding members of the International Dairy Research Consortium. I am available to speak on my dairy research regarding the physical and psychosocial work environment and health among farmers and employees, which you can also read in the special dairy issue of the J. Agromedicine. I am part of the IDRC working group focused on zoonotic diseases.

Claudio Colosio

IDRC Board Member, University of Milan and International Centre for Rural Health at the University Hospital San Paolo, Milan

I am the Coordinator of a WHO Collaborating Centre on Occupational Health specializing in agriculture. My main interests in the dairy sector are in preventing physical, biological, and mechanical risks, with particular attention to pesticides. I would be available to speak on these topics or my work as an occupational medicine physician and epidemiologist.

 

 IDRC Meeting Reports

 
 

 Other

 
Board Member Contact Information and Biography

Journal of Agromedicine Special Issue (Vol. 18, Issue 3): A Global Perspective on Modern Dairy: Occupational Health and Safety Challenges and Opportunities, authored by the members of the International Dairy Research Consortium.

David Douphrate

IDRC Board Member, University of Texas

I am available to speak on ergonomic interventions that can improve the health and productivity of dairy parlor workers.

John Rosecrance in the Swiss Alps

IDRC Board Member, High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, Colorado State University 

I am a professor at Colorado State University and visiting professor at the University of Sassari in Italy. As a member of the High Plains Intermountain Center for Agriculture Health and Safety (HICAHS), I collaborate on projects related to training for Latino dairy workers, dairy parlor efficiency, and the interaction between work methods and human and animal health.  I am also directly involved in international dairy research with investigators at the University of Milan and University of Sassari.

Matt Nonnenmann

IDRC Board Member, University of Iowa

As a certified industrial hygienist and ergonomist, I work with agricultural producers to develop solutions to control or eliminate hazards in the agricultural work environment, such as reducing the impact of particulate matter (dust and bioaerosols) and risk factors for musculoskeletal disease on dairies. You can read my work on respiratory health and ergonomics in the special dairy issue of the J. Agromedicine. I am currently of the IDRC working group focused on zoonotic diseases. Contact me for speaking opportunities regarding the sources of particulate matter on farms, ergonomic hazards and associated health effects. I am also available to talk about options for controlling these hazards.

Photo of Peter Lundqvist

IDRC Board Member, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

I am one of the founding members of the International Dairy Research Consortium. I am available to speak on proper animal handling procedures on farms and dairy business management.

IDRC Board Member, High Plains Intermountain Center for Agricultural Health and Safety, Colorado State University

My research efforts focus on the relationship between exposure to organic and biological aerosols and lung disease. I am also engaged in developing occupational health and safety management systems to prevent illness and injury in dairies. As Director of HICAHS, I am one of the leaders who formed the IDRC. My organization hosted the 2011 and 2013 meetings and I participate in the working groups focused on zoonotic diseases and an interdisciplinary master’s program, among others. Contact me for speaking opportunities about the effects of bioaerosols on lung disease, pesticides/agricultural chemicals, and occupational health management systems. 

Sue Reed

IDRC Board Member, Edith Cowan University and Reed OHE

I have over 35 years experience as a researcher and practitioner in occupational hygiene in which I have been involved in health studies in the agriculture, explosives industry, indoor air quality and the development of a new method to monitor skin exposure to chemicals. As a certified occupational hygienist in both Australia and U.S.A., I am am involved in the monitoring of dust and bioaerosols in a number of animal handling facilities in Australia including dairy farms.

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