Dr Silvia Camporesi research focuses on the ethics of cognitive and sports enhancement, the concepts of ability and disability in relation to the construction of categories in the Olympics, and ethics of translational research in oncology and gene therapy. In 2011/12 Silvia was a visiting scholar at the Department Anthropology, History and Social Medicine University of California San Francisco.
Mr Ben Chisnall is former administrator of the Centre for the Humanities & Health and founder of this blog. Ben is currently a medical student at King’s College, London.
Ms Susi Christensen is a Wellcome PhD student working on ‘Writing the Self 1860-1939: Modernist Life-Writing, The Neurological Revolution and Psychological Medicine’. Susie’s research examines the intersections between modernist literature and life-writing, psychological medicine and neurology during the period 1860-1939.
Mr Douglas James is a Wellcome PhD student. Douglas’ research considers portraits as a means of conceptualising and representing illness and disease in the long eighteenth century, with special reference to Alexander Pope.
Dr Keren Hammerschlag is a Wellcome Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for the Humanities and Health, working with Ludmilla Jordanova on the ‘Case Studies of Medical Portraiture’ strand. Her research project is concerned with the relationship between Royal Academy artists and anatomists/ surgeons during the second half of the nineteenth century in Britain.
Dr Elselijn Kingma is a Wellcome Research Fellow working on the “Concepts of Health” research strand in the Centre for the Humanities and Health. Since 2011 Elselijn has also been appointed ‘Extraordinary Professor in philosophy and ethics of biotechnologies from a humanist perspective’ at the Technical University of Eindhoven, the Netherland.
Dr Maria Vaccarella work’s focuses on cultural studies, literature and medicine, and narrative medicine, applied to epileptology and to the depiction of cancer in literature. With reference to the former, Maria’s current project investigates both how literature has responded to modern biomedical explanations of epilepsy and how discourse analysis can help implement concordance in epilepsy care, with the overarching aim of developing a framework of training strategies for future epileptologists.