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.
On May 23, in Paris, Gianna Pomata will present a paper at the conference in honor of John Forrester, "Penser et écrire l’histoire de la psychanalyse et des sciences humaines: autour de l’œuvre de John Forrester," to be held at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales.
On May 17, in Geneva, Gianna Pomata will take part in a seminar on "The Individual in Medicine" to be held at the Institut Éthique Histoire Humanités, School of Medicine, University of Geneva.
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).
Jeremy Greene will give the keynote lecture, "The Analog Patient: Imaging Medicine at a Distance in the Television Era," at the NIH conference, Images and Texts in Medical History: A Workshop in Methods, Tools, and Data from the Digital Humanities, on April 12 at 11:00 am in the Natcher Conference Center.
Jeremy Greene will be giving a talk, "Rethinking the Technological Fix: Telecommunications and Medical Innovation on the Papago Reservation, 1968-1978," at a History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) workshop for the Committee on the Conceptual and Historical Studies of Science (CHSS) at the University of Chicago at 4:00 pm, April 8.