Dr Stella Bolaki (Lecturer in American Literature, School of English, University of Kent)
Research Interests: narratives of illness and disability; illness/disability in American literature/culture; illness and visual media; illness and race/ethnicity; ethics of representation and medical ethics
Dr John Callender (Consultant Psychiatrist/ Associate Medical Director, Honorary Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen)
Research Interests: My background is in clinical psychiatry. Over many years I have had a research interest in the philosophy and ethics of mental health. I have published papers on the roles of ethical and aesthetic judgments in psychotherapy in the Journal of Medical Ethics, Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy and Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology. My main contribution has been a book published in 2010 by OUP, Free Will and Responsibility. A Guide for Practitioners. I am Chair of the Royal College of Psychiatrists Philosophy and Psychiatry Group.
Dr Sarah C. Erskine (Research Associate, Celtic and Gaelic, School of Humanities, University of Glasgow / Teaching Assistant in Medieval History, Centre for History, University of the Highlands and Islands)
Research Interests: Dr Erskine's research interests focus on the early medieval cult of relics in the Celtic-speaking regions, with a particular focus on the use of relics, as well as material culture more broadly speaking, for healing and curing the body, mind and soul.
Dr Andrew Gardiner (Lecturer in Clinical Veterinary Medicine, Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh)
Research Interests: I am a vet based at the University of Edinburgh with a PhD in history of medicine. I am interested in the history of the veterinary profession, human-animal relations and animal welfare, and how animal history can be written. I am currently working on a Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Project entitled 'Pedigree Chums: science, medicine and the remaking of the dog in the 20th century', collaborating with colleagues at CHSTM, Manchester.
Dr Peter J. Gordon (Old Age Psychiatrist, NHS Forth Valley)
Research Interests: In addition to his Medical degree (Aberdeen University) Peter is also a graduate in Social Sciences from the University of Edinburgh. He is interested in philosophy, social sciences, history of medicine and film-making. He has written about the stigma of mental illness, memory loss and affective disorders.
Anne Setsuko Inoue (PhD candidate, University of Glasgow; Chaplain at the Teaching Hospital of Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts)
Research Interests: Patient and physician relationship at patients' end-of-life and/ or terminal diseases, and patient oriented medical practice.
Dr Izabela Morska
Dr Martyn Pickersgill (Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow in Biomedical Ethics, Centre for Population Health Sciences, University of Edinburgh)
Research Interests: Martyn is a sociologist of biomedicine and the human sciences; his research to-date has focussed primarily on the social and ethical dimensions of neuroscience, psychiatry and psychology. Within Edinburgh, he has been based within both the Medical School and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, where he has been a recipient of grants and fellowships from the AHRC, ESRC, Newby Trust and Wellcome Trust. Martyn has been a Wellcome Trust Public Engagement Ambassador, is an inaugural member of the Young Academy of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, and currently sits on the Editorial Board of the journal Sociology of Health & Illness.
Dr Satendra Singh (Assistant Professor of Physiology, founder ‘Infinite Ability’, founding member Medical Humanities Group, University College of Medical Sciences, University of Delhi, Delhi, India)
Research Interests: Theatre of the Oppressed in education, Disability studies
Professor Tim Thornton (Professor of Philosophy and Mental Health, University of Central Lancashire)
Research Interests: As well as contemporary philosophy of thought and language, his research concerns conceptual issues at the heart of mental health care. He has written research papers on clinical judgement, idiographic and narrative understanding, the interpretation of psychopathology and reductionism and social constructionism in psychiatry. In his spare time he is writing his half of a co-authored book on tacit knowledge. He is author of Essential Philosophy of Psychiatry (OUP 2007), Wittgenstein on Language and Thought (EUP 1998), John McDowell (Acumen 2004) and co-author of the Oxford Textbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry (OUP 2006). He runs a Philosophy and Mental Health distance learning teaching programme and keeps a blog called inthespaceofreasons.
Dr Tracey S. Rosenberg (University of Edinburgh)
Research Interests: Tracey is a poet and novelist who works on formal poetry and its relation to medical narrative. She's been a Bright Ideas Fellow at the ESRC Genomics Forum, and with the help of a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award is completing a poetry collection, Secondary. Individual poems have been published in The Yale Journal for Humanities in Medicine, New Writing Scotland, the Frogmore Papers, the Human Genre Project, and the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). She's developed and led workshops, which encourage students to explore connections between the sciences and the humanities, including poetry workshops for medical students, and is working with a department at the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh to create a writer-in-residency programme. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh, and recently published her first novel, The Girl in the Bunker (Cargo, 2011).
Dr Jack Truten (Consultant-Director, Narrative Professionalism Program, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine)
Research Interests: From his early career as a clinician through his main career as an English Professor, Jack Truten, RN, PhD, FCPP, has sustained a core academic interest in the intersections of narrative and medicine. In recent years, he has become broadly involved in medical ethics and professionalism education. He held the 2005-2006, Anderson Fellowship in Clinical Ethics and Medical Humanities at the Lehigh Valley Health Network in Allentown, PA where his particular interests and initiatives were in Faculty Development and in ‘Narrative Pediatrics,’ with a particular focus on the alleviation of stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue in ICU clinicians routinely exposed to traumatized patients and families. In 2006 and 2008 respectively, Dr. Truten received foundational then advanced training in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University. In 2007, he was inducted as a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and assumed the Chairmanship of its Section on Medicine and the Arts. At Pennsylvania State University’s College of Medicine from 2007-2009, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Humanities, teaching Ethics and Professionalism to 2nd year medical students. Currently, Dr. Truten directs the ‘Narrative Professionalism’ program at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, leading seminars in professionalism education for residents, fellows, and faculty.
Dr Lena Wånggren (Research Fellow, Department of English Literature, University of Edinburgh)
Research Interests: medical technologies; history of medicine (especially nineteenth century medicine); the institutional technology of the hospital and the production of medical knowledge; theories of embodiment and corporeal feminism; medicine and literature; gender, sexuality, and medicine (especially regarding hospital hierarchies, the nurse-doctor relationship).