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Development of a new Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society

11 Dec 2017

We are pleased to announce that the University of Edinburgh will be supporting the development of a new Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society.

 SKAPE Associate Director Dr. Martyn Pickersgill will be playing a key leadership role. Academics from the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences have been awarded a grant of just over £1 million from the Wellcome Trust to develop new interdisciplinary approaches to exploring the issues, challenges and questions raised by biomedicine, biotechnology and health care in society. The project team draws together expertise in the sociology of health and illness, science and technology studies, history of medicine, bioethics, medical law, and global health.

The leadership team of the Wellcome Trust award comprises Prof. Sarah Cunningham-Burley (Medical School) as Principal Investigator (PI), with Co-PIs Dr. Sarah Chan (Edinburgh Medical School), Dr. Gill Haddow (School of Social and Political Science), Prof. Graeme Laurie (School of Law), Dr. Martyn Pickersgill (Edinburgh Medical School and SKAPE Associate Director), Prof. Devi Sridhar (Edinburgh Medical School), and Prof. Steve Sturdy (School of Social and Political Science and SKAPE). The University has also contributed to the development of the Centre through the appointment of four new tenure track Chancellor's Fellows: Dr. Lukas Engelmann (School of Social and Political Science), Dr. Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra (School of Law), Dr. Ellen Stewart (Edinburgh Medical School and SKAPE) and Dr. Ingrid Young (Edinburgh Medical School). 

Over the next five years, the team will investigate a range of issues across five broad themes: "Beyond the Body", "Beyond Disease", "Beyond Global", "Beyond Legal" and "Beyond Engagement". These strands, as well as highlighting areas of contemporary importance to biomedicine and society, will allow us to demonstrate how novel interdisciplinary team approaches can go 'beyond' current research to produce new insights and understandings. The funding from the Wellcome Trust will also support recruitment of six new postdoctoral researchers. The Centre will also be hosting a range of doctoral students to complement the existing team. Through a programme of scientists and artists in residence, colleagues will work alongside Centre researchers to explore new ways of integrating social science and humanities into the study of biomedicine, as well as new approaches to public and stakeholder engagement