Usher Institute

Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society

The University of Edinburgh will be supporting the development of a new Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society.

£1million Wellcome Trust grant

Academics from the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences have been awarded a grant of just over £1 million from the Wellcome Trust to develop new interdisciplinary approaches to exploring the issues, challenges and questions raised by biomedicine, biotechnology and health care in society.


The project team draws together expertise in the sociology of health and illness, science and technology studies, history of medicine, bioethics, medical law, and global health.

Its leadership team comprises Sarah Cunningham-Burley (Usher Institute) as Principal Investigator (PI), with Co-PIs Sarah Chan (Usher Institute), Gill Haddow (School of Social and Political Science), Graeme Laurie (School of Law), Martyn Pickersgill (Usher Institute), Devi Sridhar (Usher Institute), and Steve Sturdy (School of Social and Political Science).

The University has also contributed to the development of the Centre through the appointment of four new tenure track Chancellor's Fellows: Lukas Engelmann (School of Social and Political Science), Agomoni Ganguli-Mitra (School of Law), Ellen Stewart(Usher Institute) and Ingrid Young (Usher Institute). 


Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society overview