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News from the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society

How Does a Health System Learn?

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Dr Catherine Montgomery reports on an interdisciplinary meeting hosted by CBSS

Period Tracking Apps: Something Old, Something New

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Andrea Ford discusses the implications of these apps

Comparing Healthcare Systems - A View from Japan

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Visiting anthropologist Daiki Ayuha from the University of Tokyo reflects on his time at the Centre

What Would All-Male Sex Ed Look Like for Queer Boys?

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What must be transformed to include gay, trans and non-reproductive sexual health in education workshops?

Hospitals of the future

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We asked people at the Edinburgh International Science Festival what they thought hospitals would be like in the future and they came up with some fantastic ideas.

Robot nurses, flying beds and healing potions

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These are some of the ideas children came up with when we asked them what hospitals might look like in the future.

Healthy & Sustainable Futures Exhibition

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The Global Health Governance Programme, led by Professor Devi Sridhar, have this week put on a fantastic exhibition encouraging visitors to think about how we can create a healthy and sustainable future. Not an easy task, but unquestionably a worthwhile one.

PrEP and Women in Scotland Roundtable: A Community Report

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Dr Ingrid Young highlights the need for HIV prevention to be available to all

On being, unquestionably, a woman: the threshold of femaleness and Caster Semenya at the Court of Arbitration for Sport

Dr Sonja Erikainen discusses how testosterone regulations in athletics put a glass ceiling over women’s performance levels using disputed scientific evidence.

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Politics of Love

Dr Rebecca Hewer explores issues surrounding love, self and society.

Book Launch of Mapping AIDS: Visual Histories of an Enduring Epidemic

On the 6th December 2018, the Centre will host a book launch for Chancellor Fellow Dr Lukas Engelmann to celebrate the publication of Mapping AIDS: Visual Histories of an Enduring Epidemic. 

Looking at AIDS History

Lukas Engelmann, University of Edinburgh, introduces his new book Mapping AIDS

Genome-edited babies

The Centre responds to news that on 26 November 2018 a Chinese scientist claimed that the first genome-edited babies had been born, created using gene-altering technology to prevent HIV infection. 

Psychiatry and the Sociology of Novelty: Shifting Perspectives on Diagnosis in Psychiatric Research

Martyn Pickersgill visits the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research to discuss