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'PhD Workshop on History of Medieval and Early Modern Science and Medicine' to be held at the University of Cambridge on 23rd March 2007. 19 Feb 2007

PhD Workshop on History of Medieval and Early Modern Science and Medicine Although several excellent training programmes are available for PhD candidates, no specific support is available for students researching medieval and early modern science and medicine. These areas present particular challenges for students, often requiring the acquisition of language and palaeography skills, and the use of material which may be dispersed or incomplete. To address these problems, the workshop will open with a presentation on the issues which distinguish early history of science and medicine from other periods. This will be followed by a panel session on framing research questions from texts, objects, images, and quantitative data. After lunch, a second panel session will concentrate on acquiring or improving practical skills: languages (for instance, setting up support groups, such as Cambridge's Latin Therapy); palaeography; electronic resources; and approaching archives and collections. Each panel will be illustrated by texts and objects from the Whipple Museum's valuable collection of scientific and medical artefacts. The workshop will close with a Q&A session, in which participants will be encouraged to put questions to other students as well as to the panellists. Throughout, particular emphasis will be placed on student interaction and feedback. Feedback forms will be issued early on, with students encouraged to add to these throughout the day. They will also be asked to submit in advance an abstract of their research interests, which will be compiled in a booklet together with their contact details and a list of relevant PhD resources.

Amount: £602
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Cambridge

Public Engagement Provision 27 May 2015

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Amount: £500
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Cambridge

40 years of Family Research. 28 Mar 2006

Title of meeting: 40 years of Family Research Martin Richards has been an eminent researcher in many areas of family research and it is probably not an exaggeration to describe him as one of the pioneers in the field of psychological and social aspects of 'new' human genetics. He has raised important questions, developed research and contributed greatly in areas such as genetic screening, consent and bioethics. He has given generously of his time to serve on many committees in associated areas. The occasion of his retirement seems an appropriate time to reflect on his contributions and the way his work can be taken forward.

Amount: £750
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Cambridge

"Understanding Madness: Between Medieval and Modern Perspectives" to be held in Oxford on 29 March 2010 15 Feb 2010

Exploring the history of understanding madness Competing ways of understanding madness are not a recent phenomenon but are evident throughout history. One interesting and understudied example are the writings of the Jewish physicians who worked at the court of Saladin, the famous Muslim war hero of the Crusader period. How did they understand and treat madness at one of the apogees of medieval science? How did their interpretation compare to those of other people living in the medieval Islamic world? What can poems or the history of hospitals tell us about how madness was understood? Interdisciplinary discourse Historical interpretations of how people understood madness will be evaluated in an interdisciplinary environment. Psychiatrists, philosophers, and neuroscientists will respond to the contributions of historians, evaluating the different explanations and treatments of madness and their relevance to present day debates. Preparation of a larger symposium This workshop is intended to establish a network that will support the development of a larger symposium ?Understanding Madness? in autumn 2010 or spring 2011.

Amount: £885
Funder: The Wellcome Trust
Recipient: University of Oxford