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February 2018

Changing understandings of the human fetus over five decades of legal abortion – Sally Sheldon (University of Kent)

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Strong Bonds, Affective Labour: Sexually Transmitted Infections and the Work of History – Dr Richard A. McKay (Department of History and Philosophy of Science)

February 27 @ 5:45 pm - 7:15 pm

In this talk, Dr McKay will draw upon his experiences as a researcher investigating the recent history of health and disease among gay men and other men who had sex with men. He will reflect on his work on ‘Patient Zero’, the individual incorrectly and posthumously vilified as the man to introduce HIV to North America. He will also speak about his current Wellcome Trust-funded study, the Before HIV project, which investigates the processes by which the same-sex transmission of…

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March 2018

Poison trials, panaceas and proof: debates about testing and testimony in early modern European medicine – Alisha Rankin (Tufts University)

At the courts of sixteenth-century Europe, a number of princely physicians and surgeons tested promising poison antidotes on condemned criminals. These tests were contrived trials, in which a convict took a deadly poison followed by the antidote. The medics sometimes shared detailed descriptions of their poison trials in printed publications or private correspondence, much as they shared case histories of ill patients. Yet these very same physicians disputed the value of remarkably similar tests on animals conducted by charlatans and…

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Solving the Reproducibility Crisis – Nicole Janz, Department of Sociology, University of Cambridge

March 1 @ 7:15 pm - 9:30 pm

Reproducibility is held as the gold standard for scientific research. The legitimacy of any published work depends on the question: can we access the data, replicate the analysis and come to the same results? In many cases, the answer is no. In Political Science, Economics, Psychology and many other fields, scandals involving fabricated data have stirred a debate that calls for fundamental changes in the way research is done. This talk will discuss how universities, journals, funders and researchers can…

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Migration in Science – Dr Sir Venki Ramakrishnan, PRS

March 2 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Progress in science depends on a rapid exchange of ideas and exposure to new approaches and viewpoints. Historically, this progress has been accelerated by the movement of people. Scientists have been among the most mobile of people, going where they perceive the action to be. This talk will explore examples from various periods in history on how mobility resulted in scientific development. It will also describe the reasons behind the moves in my own peripatetic life. Biography Venki Ramakrishnan received…

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HE@Cam Seminar: Christian Hill – Patient Access Scheme, Managed Access Agreements and their influence on the approval trends on new medicines, devices and diagnostics – Christian Hill, CEO MAP Biopharma

Health Economics @ Cambridge presents Christian Hill, CEO at MAP Biopharma, for a seminar on Patient Access Scheme, Managed Access Agreements and their influence on the approval trends on new medicines, devices and diagnostics. *Time:* 15:00-16:00 Monday 5th March 2018. *Venue:* Large Seminar Room, 1st Floor, Institute of Public Health, University Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge Information can also be found "here":http://www.publichealth.cam.ac.uk/5th-march-2018-christian-hill/ *About the seminar:* The role of market access is pivotal to ensure rapid and maintained access to medicines,…

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Seminar: ‘Pathways to professionalism? Quality improvement, care pathways and the interplay of standardisation and clinical autonomy’ – Professor Graham Martin, Professor of Health Organisation and Policy, University of Leicester

THIS Institute (The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute) welcomes Professor Graham Martin, Professor of Health Organisation and Policy, University of Leicester to give a seminar on quality improvement.

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Environmental shocks and demographic consequences in England: 1280-1325 and 1580-1640 compared – Richard Smith (University of Cambridge)

March 6 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Missing friars: rethinking late medieval medicine – Peter Jones (King’s College, Cambridge)

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Not ‘just a GP’ – Professor David Haslam, Chair of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

As medical science becomes ever more complex - manipulating molecules, exploring therapeutic possibilities undreamt of by previous generations, unravelling genomic information - the role of the generalist is increasing in importance. The more effective that science becomes at keeping us alive – living with conditions, rather than dying from them – the more we will all need a physician who can see us as a whole, rather than merely a collection of malfunctioning organs. Predicting the future is notoriously difficult…

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