I am a sociologist of science, technology and medicine. My research is primarily qualitative, using focus groups, interviews and ethnography. Over the last few years it has been funded through the Innovative Medicines Initiative EPAD project. It has concentrated on social and ethical questions associated with changing approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, notably around the production, identification and understanding of risk and uncertainty. As a member of the Ethics of Big Data group at CRASSH, and in work with the MRC Dementias Platform UK I’ve been interested in the role of ‘big data’ in the biomedical sciences. Before that, I was seconded to the PHG Foundation health policy think tank to conduct research on ‘translation’ within the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre, and conducted research on food labelling and risk within the CONANX project (2010-12) at Sheffield.
I received my PhD at University College London in Science and Technology Studies. My first degree is in Human Sciences, also from UCL, and I have a MSc in Science and Technology Policy from the Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) at the University of Sussex. I have held teaching posts at UCL, the University of Sheffield and Birkbeck University of London.
Richard supervises medical students taking the Social and Ethical Context of Health and Illness course and previously supervised first-year sociology students for Churchill College. He has previously taught at UCL, Birkbeck and the University of Sheffield.
Gregory, S., Wells, K., Borthwick, A., Saunders, S., Ritchie C. and Milne R. (in press) “Research participants as collaborators: Background, Experience and Policies from the PREVENT Dementia and EPAD Programmes Dementia
Milne R., Diaz, A., Bunnik, E., Badger, S., Fauria, K. and Wells, K. (2018) “At, with and beyond risk: expectations of living with the possibility of future dementia” Sociology of Health and Illness
Milne, R. (2018) “From people with dementia to people with data: participation and labour in Alzheimer’s disease research” Biosocieties https://doi.org/10.1057/s41292-017-0112-x
Milne, R., Bunnik, E., Diaz, A., Richard, E., Badger, S., Gove, D., Georges, J., Fauria, K., Molinuevo, J-L., Wells, K., Ritchie,C. and Brayne C. (2018) “Perspectives on communicating biomarker-based assessments of Alzheimer’s disease to cognitively healthy individuals” Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease
Bunnik, E., Richard, E., Milne, R. and Schermer, M. (2018) “On the personal utility of Alzheimer’s disease-related biomarker testing in the research context” Journal of Medical Ethics
Bartlett, R., Sussams, R. and Milne, R. (2018) “Strategies to improve recruitment of people with dementia to research studies” Dementia
Stites, S., Milne, R. and Karlawish J. (2018) “Advances in Alzheimer’s Imaging are Changing the Experience of Alzheimer’s Disease” Alzheimer & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment, and Disease Monitoring
Milne, R., Bunnik, E., Tromp, K., Bemelmans, S., Badger, S., Gove, D., Maman, M., Schermer, M., Truyen, L., Brayne, C., Richard, E. (2017) Ethical issues in the development of readiness cohorts in Alzheimer’s disease research Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease
Milne, R. (2016) In search of lost time: age and the promise of induced pluripotent stem cell models of the brain New Genetics and Society
Bemelmans, S., Tromp, K., Bunnik, E., Milne, R., Badger, S., Brayne, C., Schermer, M., Richard, E., (2016) Psychological, behavioral and social effects of disclosing Alzheimer’s Disease biomarkers to research participants – a systematic review Alzheimer’s Research and Therapy
Milne, R. and Badger S. (2016) Care and responsibility in building futures for Alzheimer’s disease research Boenink, M., van Lente, H. and Moors. E. (eds) Biomarker diagnostics for Alzheimer’s disease: innovating with care Palgrave Macmillan: London
Milne, R. (2013) “Arbiters of waste: date labels and the contingent definition of good, safe food” in Evans D., Campbell, H and Murcott, A. (eds.) Putting Waste on the Food Studies Agenda: Production, Politics and Everyday Life. (Sociological Review Monograph Series) Wiley-Blackwell: London
Milne, R. (2012) “Pharmaceutical Prospects: Biopharming and the Geography of Technological Expectations” Social Studies of Science 41(2)
Milne, R. (2011) “A focus group study of food safety practices in relation to listeriosis among the over-60s. Critical Public Health, 21(04), pp. 485 – 495.