Jeremy Greene has coauthored a feature article on the history of clinical trials, "Assessing the Gold Standard — Lessons from the History of RCTs" (with Laura E. Bothwell, Scott Podolsky, and David Jones), in the June 2 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
On Friday, May 27, Jeremy Greene will talk on "Gray Market Medicines: Diphtheria Antitoxin and the Decay of Biomedical Infrastructure" (with Dora Vargha) at the Royal Society of Medicine, London, as part of a conference on "After the End of Disease."
Jeremy Greene will give a talk on May 25,"Between Molecule and Medicine: Pharmaceutical Copies and the Limits of Reductionism," at the L'École des hautes études en sciences sociales in Paris as part of the conference, "Savoirs, pratiques, politiques: Les sciences sociales et le transformations contemporaines des mondes de la santé."
Olivia Weisser's book, Ill Composed: Sickness, Gender, and Belief in Early Modern England (Yale University Press, 2015), was among the three finalists for the Berkshire Conference of Women’s Historians Book Prize. The 2016 award was for a first book published in 2015 dealing substantially with the history of women, gender, and/or sexuality by a woman normally resident in North America.
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.
Marion Schmidt has published a chapter, "Normalization and Abnormal Genes: Heredity Research at the Clarke School for the Deaf, 1930-1950," in the new book, In Our Own Hands: Essays in Deaf History, 1780-1970 (Gallaudet University Press, 2016). Congratulations, Marion!
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.
Jeremy Greene will give a keynote on "The Analog Patient: D.I.Y. Medical Technology Before the Digital Era" at 1:30 pm on May 9. The lecture is part of the D3 Workshop on DIY Health Technologies, held at the London School of Economics. For more information, visit the Delivering Digital Drugs blog.
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.