EVENT: Symptom and sensation in breathlessness, Prof Jane Macnaughton, 28th Nov

Throughout this year, CHH are hosting a series of seminars by key figures in UK medical humanities. See details of our second session below:

Room 6.32, Virginia Woolf Building, Strand Campus, London

Research in medical humanities is taking a radical new turn.  Not content to be the ‘handmaiden’ of clinical practice, we are now getting engaged in the complexities of clinical science, aiming to work alongside colleagues who are seeking to answer some of the most difficult questions in clinical practice.  For example, the symptom of breathlessness presents a dilemma in that symptom experience does not correlate well with measured lung function.  In this lecture I will describe how a medical humanities project is working with neuroscience to understand this problem.  Avoiding destructive ‘two culture’ clashes we have developed collaborations that we hope will improve the lives of patients.

Jane Macnaughton

Jane Macnaughton biography                                                                             

Jane currently holds two large awards from Wellcome: a Development Grant for the Centre for Medical Humanities. and a Senior Investigator Award for her project, the Life of Breath.  She sits on the Wellcome Trust Expert Review Group for established career awards in medical humanities.  Her research focusses on the idea of the ‘symptom’: its initial appearance, development and evolution in connection with medical contexts, habits and technologies.  She continues to be clinically active and is an Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University Hospital of North Durham.




To register for the event, please contact James Rakoczi at chh@kcl.ac.uk

Part of the Centre for the Health and Humanities Seminar Series

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