David Rempel, MD, MPH
Dr. Rempel is Professor in the Department of Bioengineering and Director of the Ergonomics Laboratory at UC Berkeley. He is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Medicine at UC San Francisco.
His research focuses on hand biomechanics and the design of tools and work tasks in order to improve productivity and the quality of work while preventing hand and upper body fatigue and injury. The lab has developed and tested new keyboards, mice, tablets, pipettors, and agricultural and construction tools. The lab primarily receives funding from the NIH but also conducts research with industry partners such as Herman-Miller, Microsoft, Intel, Hewlett-Packard, and Apple. Recently, Rempel directed a national study of 4321 workers to identify risks factors for carpal tunnel and tendonitis. He also treats patients at UC Berkeley. Publications and descriptions of research projects are at http://ergo.berkeley.edu/.
Dr. Rempel is Board Certified in internal medicine and occupational medicine and is a Certified Professional Ergonomist. He is a Fellow in the American College of Physicians and the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society. Rempel serves on the National Research Council’s Board on Human Systems Integration. He also will also continue to serve on the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists (ACGIH) Physical Agents Committee and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM) Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee.
On Jan. 16, UC Berkeley’s Interdisciplinary Center for Healthy Workplaces hosted a mixer at the University Club in Memorial Stadium, bringing together approximately 50 professionals and company representatives from various fields to come up with solutions to create healthy workspaces.