New Wellcome Trust Investigators in Medical Humanities announced

The Wellcome Trust today announces the latest recipients of its Investigator Awards in Medical Humanities, awarded to world-class scholars asking the most important questions at the interface of science, medicine, the humanities and the social sciences.

Recipients of the latest awards are researching a broad range of important topics, from an exploration of how the introduction of IVF was navigated (and what can be learned from this specific case of rapid technological change) to the changing place of the public within public health in postwar Britain, and a philosophical analysis of whether and when crime-preventing neurointerventions may permissibly be offered, imposed or provided by the state or medical profession.

The awards, which range from approximately £500,000 to just over £1 million for up to five years, are made to scholars in established academic posts depending on their career history, ambition and vision and the resources required to realise this vision. The Awards are made to researchers at two levels – New Investigators and Senior Investigators – depending on their experience. They complement existing schemes, which support scholars in the medical humanities at all stages of their careers.

Like the Investigator Awards in biomedicine, the Investigator Awards scheme in medical humanities marks a departure from funding medium-term project and programme grants, which can tie researchers into a cycle of focusing on securing grants rather than tackling major research problems.

The full list of recipients

New Investigators

Thomas Douglas, University of Oxford
Neurointerventions in crime prevention: an ethical analysis

David Kirby, University of Manchester
Playing God: exploring the interactions among the biosciences, religion and entertainment media

Alex Mold, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Placing the public in public health: public health in Britain 1948-2010

David Stuckler, University of Cambridge
Social welfare and public health: analysing quasi-natural experiments from the 2007 recession

Senior Investigators

Sarah Franklin, University of Cambridge
Fertilization through a looking glass: a sociology of UK IVF in the late-twentieth century

Mark Jackson, University of Exeter
Lifestyle, health and disease: changing concepts of balance in modern medicine

Steven Sturdy, University of Edinburgh
Making genomic medicine

Joint Senior Investigators

Simon Swain and Emilie Savage-Smith, University of Warwick and University of Oxford
A literary history of medicine: the best accounts of the classes of physicians by Ibn Abi Usaybi`ah (d. 1270)

Mark Thomas and Ian Barnes, UCL and Royal Holloway, University of London
Human adaptation to changing diet and infectious disease loads, from the origins of agriculture to the present