Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society


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Hormonal Stories at PeopleFest, Manchester

Hormones permeate every sphere of our lives. Some of them have reputations -- social personas, you could say -- while others go unnoticed and unrecognized. Anything one does with a body (which is to say most everything) is influenced by hormones. In turn, what we do and how we live alters how our hormones work.

Welcome Theiya Arts

Our second Artistic Fellow joined us in October 2023 for 12 months. We are delighted to welcome Theiya Arts as our second Artistic Fellow to the Centre. Theiya Arts members Himadri Madaan, Nandini Manjunath and Gaby Albornoz join us to consolidate and expand ongoing collaborations with CBSS members.

Visiting Arts Fellowship Programme – final round

We are thrilled to announce that the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society (CBSS) is seeking expressions of interest for our final round of our Visiting Arts Fellowship programme.

Our Planet, Our Health, Our Future

Andrea Ford presents about hormones at Our Planet, Our Health, Our Future event
Andrea Ford presents at 2023 Edinburgh Science Festival

Science Insights Week Online 2021

CBSS researchers were involved in 'Meet The Scientists' sessions that give S5 pupils insight into careers and study in biosciences

Life in the COVID bubble

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Voices from the frontline of critical care

Welcome to Lucy Gaizely

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Our first Artistic Fellow has begun working with us

Impact of COVID-19 on LGBT Sexual Health

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New Research Uncovers the Need for Investment and Innovation

Endometriosis Awareness Month

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Andrea Ford asks 'what would you change about public awareness?'

Reflections from our first Biomedical Fellow

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Jeeva John talks to Sarah Cunningham-Burley about her time with the Centre

Ethical issues of Biobanks

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An Instagram take-over

Tailored Treatments Launch

New graphic novel and research about personalised cancer treatment

Workshop about Hormones and the Shifting Frontiers of Disease

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Interdisciplinary workshop held in January 2021

New Chancellor's Fellows

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Congratulations to Catherine Montgomery and Rebecca Hewer from our Centre

Extension Funding Received

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Centre secures Wellcome Trust funding

December 2020 Covid update

Latest commentary and research relating to the pandemic

Visualising Bodies

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Reflections from the 2020 Being Human Festival

2020 Showcase Film

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Meet us and find out more about our work

The CLAP Study: Summary of Findings

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Caring, Learning and Pandemic response during COVID-19: NHS Staff Experience of Working in Critical Care

Covid-19 Update Oct 2020

Our latest work relating to the pandemic

Addiction and Disease Problematisation

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A Beyond Global Perspective

Anthropology of Hormones

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Lisa Raeder, Andrea Ford, Roslyn Malcolm and Sonja Erikainen reflect on a recent workshop

Covid-19 Update July 2020

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Latest work and commentary relating to covid-19

Why the public need a say in how patient data are used for Covid-19 responses

Festival highlights issues shaping society
Letter in the International Journal of Population Data Science

Delivering Good Governance in Data Sharing

What makes good governance of data sharing for biomedical research?

Covid-19 round-up June 2020

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Latest work and commentary relating to coronavirus

How to collaborate in a pandemic?

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When Transplant Imaginaries visits the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society

Covid-19 Round-up May 2020

Our work and commentary relating to coronavirus

Ethics Group of the German Public Health Covid-19 Network

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Dr. Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra, a member of this group, shares their first policy brief

Is the coronavirus pandemic worse for women?

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Dr Agomoni Ganguli Mitra talks about how pandemics increase existing inequalities in societies

Social justice should be key to pandemic planning and response

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Dr Agomoni Ganguli Mitra explains why social justice should be at the core of medical and public health responses.

Covid-19 Update March 2020

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Our involvement and links to other information and resources.

Legal Determinants of Global Health: necessary but not sufficient?

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Nayha Sethi, Marlee Tichenor and Mark Hellowell reflect on whether the law can improve global health

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.

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