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Digitisation of medical manuscripts 31 Mar 2015

The medical collection at Pembroke consists of seven bound volumes of manuscripts, dating from the twelfth to the fifteenth century, each containinga mixture of texts. It is thought that they may have been in the possession ofThomas Clayton (1575-1647), the first Master of Pembroke College, and Regius Professor of Medicine at Oxford University. The texts represent the typical medical canon of medieval medicine, including older copies of well-known texts, which are of particular interest when compared to similar copies from around the world. The objective of the project is to ensure the preservation of these manuscripts for the future, and to improve access to them for the world-wide scholarly community. Following a Wellcome Trust funded conservation survey, the first part of this project will seek to improve the condition of the manuscripts by carrying out the recommended conservation work, including cleaning and minor repairs. Once completed, new archive boxes will be made to ensure that they are stored safely to maintain their condition. After the conservation work, the manuscripts will be photographed by Bodleian Imaging Services, who are able to take high quality images without damage to the manuscripts. This will provide digital surrogates for the manuscripts, which will be mounted on a public website, accessible from anywhere and for everyone. The resource will be publicised through the Medical Humanities community, ensuring wide access for all who wish to consult the texts.

Amount: £2,100
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Pembroke College

A History of Randomized Controlled Trials. 22 Jun 2015

I propose to visit a series of UK archives to collect material for my book on the history of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). This project focuses particularly on the interactions of science and policy in the history of RCTs, set in the major locations in which RCTs have been sponsored. The UK was the birthplace of RCTs and a global leader in trials in the 1950s. Thus, I am viewing materials from the scientists who conceptualized RCTs, as well as files on early UK RCTs and on the Medical Res earch Council support structure for such trials. I also am consulting meeting minutes of sub-committees on clinical trials that were established by the Committee on Safety of Drugs in 1963, and by the Committee on Safety of Medicines in 1968. I will explore the extent to which RCTs featured in discussions of drug safety and efficacy evaluation in these files. Additionally, I will consult files of the UK-based Cochrane Collaboration, which has played a critical role in the development of RCT meta -analyses since the mid-1980s. Finally, I will seek to identify material for future archival work on the history of RCTs in the UK.

Amount: £1,320
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Brigham & Women's Hospital

Dissecting the Page: Medical Paratexts Conference. 22 Jun 2015

'Dissecting the Page' is the first conference on medical paratexts, to be held on 11 September 2015, University of Glasgow. Understanding paratext as the apparatus of graphic communication (titles, prefaces, illustrations, marginalia, etc.), the conference will combine periodic and disciplinary approaches to the paratextual study of medicine, from medieval medical manuscripts to contemporary graphic novels. It will draw together academics, archivists, and creative and medical practitioners inter ested in graphic representations of medicine. By focusing on medical paratexts across multiple periods, we hope to establish a multidisciplinary network of scholars, combining material, textual, and graphic approaches to medical history and practice. We have three keynote speakers: Professor Graham Caie, Professorial Research Fellow, University of Glasgow; Dr Deborah Thorpe, postdoctoral scholar, University of York; Dr Ian Williams, physician, artist and writer. All three speakers have expres sed interest in our conference. Prof. Caie will draw on his extensive knowledge of the Hunterian Collection. Dr Thorpe will speak on neurodegenerative disorders and medieval scribes. Finally, Dr Williams will discuss the creative and medical practices that influence his art, drawing on 'Graphic Medicine' and 'The Bad Doctor'. We will host fifty delegates, and intend to publish an edited collection from the conference proceedings.

Amount: £1,535
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Glasgow

The Qualitative Health Research Writing Group Network. 29 May 2015

The Qualitative Health Research Writing Group Network (QHRWGN) was created to provide a forum which addresses the writing needs of PhD students and ECRs undertaking qualitative health research in Northern England. An inaugural network event was held in October 2014 where attendees received guidance on writing qualitative health research and as a result there are now five writing groups which meet regularly, providing peer support. It is hoped that the support offered to network members can be ex tended and formalised by providing two further training opportunities over this year; a writing retreat and a one day symposium. Fifteen delegates will have the opportunity to attend a three day residential writing retreat, with a focus on producing specific outputs and the chance to receive expert guidance from Prof. Rose Barbour. The one day symposium will allow all network members to receive training on three pertinent areas; academic writing (Prof. Roweena Murray), writing for publication (P rof. Melissa Leach) and writing for policy makers (Jennifer Jeffes). Delegates will have the opportunity to present their own research. These events will develop the skills and confidence of PhD students and ECRs, positively contributing to the development of the next generation of research leaders.

Amount: £4,896
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Durham

'Prostheses in Antiquity' One Day Conference. 29 May 2015

I am organising a one day academic conference, 'Prostheses in Antiquity', to be held on Tuesday 30th June 2015 at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, in order to inaugurate an interdisciplinary research project and establish an international research network. I am applying for financial assistance to cover the costs of this event. These costs include catering for the conference, and travel expenses and two nights' accommodation for the delegates, who are coming not only from the UK, but also from France, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, America, and Australia.

Amount: £3,102
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Wales

From Policy to Inequality: Assessing the effects of policy interventions on inequalities in child health using natural experiments. 29 May 2015

Reducing health inequalities and improving child health are international policy goals. The negative impact of socioeconomic inequalities on child health is clear, but the scientific evidence-base for assessing policy interventions aimed at reducing health inequalities is limited. This research aims to identify the causal effects of policies (e.g. changes to welfare benefits) on child health and health inequalities (with a particular focus on mental health) using large national longitudinal data sets. This small grant will allow a new team member (SW) to consult with key stakeholders, gather preliminary data, and undertake training. We intend to convene a 2 day workshop with key figures within public health and policy. The aim of this meeting will be to present the most recent research in the field and hold open discussions to identify gaps and opportunities for evaluating population wide policies with the potential to reduce inequalities in child health outcomes. We will use a port ion of the grant to support attendance and presentations at public health conferences; for statistical training; travel across the United Kingdom to interview figures in the field; and a one week stay at the Institute for Child Health with Millennium Cohort Study users team.

Amount: £4,600
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Liverpool

Asylum Sounds: Music and its uses in British Asylums during the Nineteenth Century. 29 May 2015

The relationship between music and medicine in nineteenth-century Britain is currently unexplored. Existing historical studies suggest that musical activity was common in asylums, whether as part of socialisation or moral treatment. Support is requested to fund a series of archive visits to explore the nature of musical activity in British asylums c. 1800-1900, both documenting the nature of activity (asylum balls, ad-hoc music making, choirs and bands, concerts, etc.) and investigating ideas an d discourse surrounding music's therapeutic properties. Archives will cover both private and public institutions, chosen due to known musical links or a particular reputation for moral treatment: York Retreat, Norfolk, Bethlem, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Holloway Sanatorium and Brookwood. I will investigate asylum records, reports and accounts to trace the uses of music in each institution. I will situate archival findings in my primary and secondary researches to date, drawing on a wid e range of material to begin to uncover the debates surrounding music and mental health during this period. This will later feed into engagement activities involving both academic colleagues and the Museum of the Mind, and a larger project on Music, Health and Happiness in Nineteenth-Century Britain.

Amount: £3,419
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Open University (Milton Keynes)

Trauma and Gender in 20th Century European Literature. 02 Feb 2015

Trauma and Gender in 20th Century European Literature A two-day interdisciplinary conference taking place at the University of Strathclyde (Glasgow) in autumn / winter 2015 under the aegis of the Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare (CSHHH). The event will draw on the experience and resources of the CSHHH Glasgow, a research collaboration established in 2005 between the University of Strathclyde and Glasgow Caledonian University which was awarded a Wellcome Trust Enhance ment Grant in 2008. It has been responsible for a range of previous Medical Humanities events including the 2008 Society for the Social History of Medicine (SSHM) bi-annual conference and has co-organised international meetings such as the 2013 International Health Organisations and the History of Health and Medicine conference with Shanghai University. In 2015 it will mark its tenth anniversary with a series of events such as the SSHM Post-Graduate Workshop (August) which includes the conferenc e proposed here.

Amount: £4,530
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Strathclyde

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 Ten Years On : Building and sharing interdisciplinary knowledge between law, ethics and practice in the context of mental health regulation. 02 Feb 2015

The Health Law & Regulation Unit at The University of Liverpool, would like to host an interdisciplinary conference in Liverpool to mark the ten year anniversary of The Mental Capacity Act 2005 a visionary piece of legislation for its time, which marked a turning point in the statutory rights of people who may lack capacity. As such, it is both an apt and opportune time to revisit the statute, reflecting upon its provisions and exploring how it has been operating in practice. The conference will allow for the building and sharing of interdisciplinary knowledge between law, ethics and practice in the domain of mental health regulation. It will create research collaborations that develop understanding of interactions between mental health and endeavours to regulate, govern and assist those in society who may lack capacity. The conference has the confirmed participation of academics, mental health practitioners, policy-makers and the judiciary. It is hoped it will facilitate dial ogue, knowledge exchange and the possibility of future research collaborations. Research from the conference will be disseminated; a Special Issue of The Medical Law Review has been secured. Papers from the conference will be published in 2016, in Volume 3 of the journal.

Amount: £4,910
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Liverpool

Biopolitics and Psychosomatics: Participating Bodies. 30 Jan 2015

An international one-day symposium to be held at Goldsmiths College in July 2015, under the auspices of the journal Sociological Review as part of the journal's prestigious research seminar/symposium series. We plan to develop the contributions to the symposium into a special issue of Sociological Review. We also plan to video-record contributions to the event and to make these recordings available through a dedicated website. The Symposium is intended as the first step in a programme of wor k whose intention is eventually to involve a wider range of stakeholders in further events and publications.

Amount: £2,463
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Goldsmiths, University of London

The Cancer Camp: Making Medicine Affordable. 15 Dec 2014

This project examines how national and international actors and institutions are beginning to address the growing burden of cancer in India. Over 1 million of new cases of cancer are diagnosed every year in India. Researchers predict that this figure will double in the next 20 years, which would make cancer a leading cause of death. For a large part of the Indian population, a cancer diagnosis results in catastrophic expenditures that affect patients and their families. In this context, strategi es are required that allow a better integration of treatment and prevention programs into the public health infrastructure of developing nations. The purpose of the scoping exercise is to take the first steps in developing a large-scale, long-term project for the anthropological study of affordable cancer care in emerging economies. How is affordability transformed into a quality of medical care?

Amount: £4,100
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: King's College London

David Stafford-Clark (1916-1999): portrait of a media psychiatrist. 27 Oct 2014

This project investigates the mass-media activities of the British psychiatrist David Stafford-Clark (1916-1999), who was a prominent exponent of popular psychiatry in the post-war period. By consulting Stafford-Clark archival papers at the Wellcome Library alongside published material, this project asks how Stafford-Clark exercised his medical authority through the mass-media (books, press, broadcasting) to pronounce on both psychiatric and wider cultural issues for a non-specialist audience du ring the period c.1950-c.1990. Three inter-related questions will be answered. 1) How did Stafford-Clark function as a specific intellectual popularising his area of expertise to a mass audience? 2) How did Stafford-Clark exploit his medical authority as a qualifying activity with which to comment as a public intellectual on wider cultural issues, particularly religion? 3) To what extent were Stafford Clark's mass-media activities co-determined by his self-identification as an unjustly negl ected literary author? The project will result in a substantial peer-reviewed article for a medical humanities/history journal, and will be accompanied by research presentations of work-in-progress.

Amount: £2,208
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Glasgow

Detinova on Safari: Forgotten Histories of Global Health. 27 Oct 2014

This pilot project explores the influences of Soviet tropical medicine in Sub-Saharan Africa. It takes as its focus a method of mosquito dissection pioneered in the 1940s by a team of vector biologists based at the Moscow Martsinovsky Institute. The Detinova Technique offered a way to determine the exact physiological age of the female mosquito and provided insight into the dynamics of disease transmission. Heralded as a game-changer for global malaria eradication efforts, the technique prompted new collaborations and rivalries between East and West. The global health trajectory of this method reveals alternative histories of malaria control through a rather different set of techno-scientific circulations than those commonly associated with the WHO. Extending previous ethnographic and archival research conducted in Africa with archival and memory work in Russia and the UK, this project explores the significance of this scientific exchange for our current understandings of malaria contr ol and the Cold War, advancing a rapprochement in Anglo-Russian histories of global health.

Amount: £4,977
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Exeter

Shame and Medicine. 27 Oct 2014

The Shame and Medicine Workshop will be a meeting for medical practitioners, social scientists, philosophers and medical humanities scholars to be held in the Trinity Long Room Hub as part of the Trinity College Dublin Medical Humanities Initiative (http://www.tcd.ie/trinitylongroomhub/projects/medical-humanities/). The main aim of the workshop will be to provide a space and opportunity for active practitioners/academics in this area to theorize on the topic as a first step to producing an ed ited collection to which the participants will contribute. There is a paucity of literature about the importance and effect of shame in medicine which is surprising given that it is a highly significant force in the clinic. The Shame and Medicine Workshop will address themes such as: the use of stigma in public health policy, shame in professional enculturation, shame and medical failure, the shame and stigma of illness, body shame, shame disorders (e.g., body dysmorphic disorder, social anx iety) and shame as spectacle on medical reality television programming (e.g. Embarrassing Bodies or Extreme Makeover). Our aim is to publish an edited collection entitled Shame and Medicine. We have already been in initial contact with Palgrave MacMillan and Oxford University Press.

Amount: £4,078
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Trinity College Dublin

Biomedical Vacation Scholarship 22 Jun 2015

Not available

Amount: £2,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Hertfordshire

Biomedical Vacation Scholarship 22 Jun 2015

Not available

Amount: £2,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Manchester

Biomedical Vacation Scholarship 22 Jun 2015

Not available

Amount: £2,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Quadram Institute Bioscience

Biomedical Vacation Scholarship. 22 Jun 2015

Not available

Amount: £2,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: Swansea University

Biomedical Vacation Scholarship. 22 Jun 2015

Not available

Amount: £2,000
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Stirling