Nathaniel Comfort & Graham Mooney to Work on NIH Center of Excellence Project

Nathaniel Comfort and Graham Mooney will work on an interdisciplinary NIH Center of Excellence reseach project with the Berman Institute of Bioethics to examine the ethical implications of using genomic information to help manage the prevention, control, and treatment of infectious diseases. The research team will develop and conduct three pilot projects that study how genomic information affects infectious disease research, public health policy, and clinical practice.

Alison Kraemer Receives Student Research Award

Alison Kraemer, a medical student in the department's Scholarly Concentrations course, has been awarded a William B. Bean Student Research Award, given by the American Osler Society. Her paper for the course, on stem-cell research at Harvard during the Bush-era moratorium, used extensive oral-history interviews, as well as close reading of the scientific literature, government documents, and the secondary literature. She will receive a cash prize and is invited to present at the AOS meeting in Atlanta next spring.

Marion Schmidt Successfully Defends Dissertation

Congratulations to Marion Schmidt, Ph.D., who successfully defended her dissertation, a history of genetic deafness research in the United States during the twentieth century. Marion's thesis explores how different professions defined deafness -- as a pathology and disability, a psychological deviance, or as a socio-cultural trait -- and analyzes surrounding questions of identity, culture, and treatment. In particular, she examines the oppression and reappearance of deaf people’s perspectives and their effect on notions of cultural and reproductive autonomy.

Jeremy Greene Gives CMLA Annual Lecture April 21

Jeremy Greene will deliver the Cleveland Medical Library Association annual lecture on April 21, 2016. The lecture, "Making Old Drugs New Again: On the Uses of History in Pharmaceutical Policy," will focus on the problem of incremental innovation—in which old drugs are made available only in unaffordable new packages—as illustrated in the case of medications for diabetes (Insulin), asthma (Albuterol), and gouty arthritis (Colchicine).

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