Wellcome Trust Medical Humanities Funding Event (16th October 2013, Durham University)

The meeting is to discuss the expansion of the Wellcome Trust’s Medical Humanities, Research Resources and Society and Ethics funding streams, now open to a wider range of applications from the humanities, the social sciences and the arts.

The Medical Humanities stream encourages bold and intellectually rigorous research applications that address important questions at the interface of medicine, health-related sciences, and the wider humanities, including the arts and social sciences.

The Society and Ethics stream supports research that examines the social and ethical aspects of biomedical research and health, with the aim of addressing tractable, real-world problems.

The Research Resources stream underpins research across the medical humanities and the social sciences by supporting cataloguing and preservation projects of significant primary source material in libraries and archives in the UK and Ireland.

Opportunities will be available for one-on-one ‘surgeries’ to discuss individual projects with Trust staff.  Each slot will be 15 minutes and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

To book a surgery, please contact Catherine Syson specifying your preferred funding area.

Trust staff profiles

Dan O’Connor (Head of Medical Humanities) provides leadership and strategic vision for Medical Humanities at the Wellcome Trust, overseeing the Medical Humanities, Society & Ethics, and Research Resources grant schemes. He has a PhD in the History of Medicine and was previously faculty at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics in Baltimore, Maryland.

Nils Fietje (Wellcome Trust Adviser, Medical Humanities) manages the Medical Humanities scheme, which encourages bold and intellectually rigorous research applications that address important questions at the interface of medicine, health-related sciences, and the wider humanities, including the arts and social sciences.

Sue Crossley (Wellcome Trust Adviser, Research Resources) manages the Research Resources scheme, which awards grants to UK libraries and archives to catalogue and preserve collections of interest to a wide range of scholars in the disciplines associated with medical humanities and health-related social sciences.

Paul Woodgate (Wellcome Trust Adviser, Society and Ethics) manages the Trust’s Society & Ethics funding.  He is interested in research proposals from philosophy and the social sciences where they speak to the Wellcome Trust’s vision of achieving extraordinary improvements in human and animal health.

Chris Hassan (Medical Humanities Support Officer) provides expert support, and guidance to grant applicants, across the Medical Humanities, Society and Ethics, and Research Resources grant schemes.

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This event will be held in the Penthouse Suite, Collingwood College, Durham University. Collingwood College, South Road Durham DH1 3LT.

There is limited parking at the university, but cheap on-street parking is available at nearby Elvet Hill Road, or at the ‘Howlands’ park and ride at the top of South Road.

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Programme: Wednesday 16th October 2013

10.30-11.00 Coffee

11.00 Introduction and Wellcome Professor Jane Macnaughton, Durham University Centre for Medical Humanities

11.05-12.30 Presentation on the Medical Humanities, Research Resources, and Society & Ethics funding schemes, followed by Q/A: Wellcome Trust staff Dan O’Connor, Head of Medical Humanities; Nils Fietje, Medical Humanities; Paul Woodgate, Society and Ethics; Sue Crossley, Research Resources

12.30-1.00 Lunch

1.00-3.00 One to One Surgeries 15 minutes each (please contact Catherine Syson to book a place)

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