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Contagious Communities: Medicine and Migration in Post-War Britain

I give regular public and academic talks on this research. See for example,

'Slummy Foreign Germs': Politics, Medicine and Postcolonial Migration (Oxford Brookes, December 2013)

In addition, I convene the IDEA Collaboration, a trans-diciplinary network dedicated to raising the profile and increasing the impact of research examining the relationship between ethnicity and health. We aim to reduce health disparities by learnign from and making the best quality research accssible to policymakers, the Third Sector, regulators and medical professionals. Our next event will be a Policy Breakfast at the House of Commons (organised with the Industry and Parliament Trust): 'Location, Location, Location' will explore the intimate connections between the built environment and personal and community health, drawing on research I am doing with Dr Julie Schmittdiel of Kaiser Permanente's Division of Research in the USA.

Past Events:

2013 Convenor, Organiser and Speaker, 'IDEA Symposium : From Research to Action

2013 Grand Rounds, Christie NHS Trust: “Patient and Public Engagement’

2012 Parliamentary Policy Dinner, ‘Access for All to Healthcare?’ (With Industry and Parliament Trust)

2011 Parliamentary Policy Breakfast ‘Government, Business and Patient-Centred Healthcare’(With Industry and Parliament Trust)

2011 Consultant/Interviewee, 'Smallpox in Wales: The Forgotten Killer' Rondo Media/BBC 2

2011 Participant, Afiya Trust Roundtable ‘Public Health and Race Equality’

2010 Discussant, Historical and contemporary aspects of rickets, ‘Woman’s Hour’, 24/11/2010

Alternative and Global Medicine

This work, building on my doctoral and postdoctoral research, has proven very popular with general audiences. In recent years, I have presented different aspects of this research to the Edinburgh Literary Festival, The Bishopsgate Institute and the Wellcome Collection (see for example, this clip from Quacks and Cures). Most recently, I took part in an exciting event, 'The Parts and the Whole' in conjunction with the Collection's Foreign Bodies, Common Ground exhibition. This work also featured on the BBC World Service's World Update programme on 23 January 2014.

Past events:

2014 'The Parts and The Whole', Wellcome Collection, 23 Jan.

2014 'World Update', BBC World Service 23 Jan.

2010 Speaker, ‘Reflections on Water’ Institute of Advanced Studies, Public Lecture Series, Durham University, 3 March

2009 Speaker, ‘Quacks and Cures’ The Wellcome Collection, 10 July

2009 Speaker, Bishopsgate Institute Public Lecture Series,

10 February 2008 Debate Panelist Edinburgh International Book Fair, ‘Alternative medicine’

2007 Global Health Course Module ‘Global Health in Historical Perspective: The Uses of History’ (for Global Health Education Consortium, an organization of medical educators from some 70 primarily North American Medical Schools, now partnered with the WHO’s Public Health Education initiative. See module at:

2007 ‘Tiger Balm and Crocodile’s Teeth: No change and no rest for orthodox medicine’ feature article: Times Higher Education Supplement, October 2007.

2006 ‘Under the Doctor: Women and Health in 20th Century Wales’ Telesgop Television for BBC Wales.

2005 ‘Dangerous Diets and Contagious Cultures’ Workshop presentation, Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester.