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Social Studies of Biomedicine

19 Aug 2015

SKAPE Associate Director Dr Martyn Pickersgill has begun work on his new Wellcome Trust University Award project, 'Beyond Diagnosis? Novelty, Need and the Normative in Twenty-First Century Psychiatry'.

This project explores diagnostic innovation in US and UK psychiatry, and examines the politics of psychiatric knowledge production in the laboratory, clinic and wider society. Martyn will be talking about his research in New York later this year, when he delivers the Richardson History of Psychiatry Research Seminar at Weill Cornell Medical School. He's also going to be speaking in Nashville, at the Center for Medicine, Health and Society (Vanderbilt University). His Leverhulme Trust project on 'Neuroscience and Family Life: The Brain in Policy and Everyday Practice' draws to a close this autumn, and next month he and SKAPE member Tineke Broer will be organising a policy engagement workshop to discuss some of the project results. A new open-access paper from the project (co-authored with Linda Hogel, University of Wisconsin-Madison) is now in press with Medical Humanities. In June, Martyn was promoted to Wellcome Trust Reader in Social Studies of Biomedicine, and earlier this year was awarded the Henry Duncan Medal from the Royal Society of Edinburgh.