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Major Wellcome award for Steve Sturdy

Steve Sturdy, Head of Subject, Science, Technology and Innovation Studies subject group, has secured a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award in Medical Humanities on Making Genomic Medicine

The c.£0.8M Making Genomic Medicine award will employ three researchers over four years from autumn 2013.

It will explore how genomic medicine emerged around the turn of the twenty-first century as a site of particularly intense activity in biomedical research and policy-making, prompted in large part by the expectation that developments in genomic science and technology would effect an epochal transformation in health care. By producing a comprehensive account of the socio-technical process that resulted in the current ferment of activity around genomic medicine, the study will locate these developments in their historical context. The story dates back at least to the 1970s, and involves not just dramatic developments in medical science and technology, but also shifts in the orientation of public health policy, changes in the organisation and funding of clinical science and medicine, the emergence of new pharmaceutical business models, changes in the regulatory environment for biomedicine, and the growing influence of patient groups. The work will focus upon the emergence of ideas of genomic risk; the genomicisation of drug discovery and development and the rise of rare diseases. By analysing the scientific and social factors that led to the emergence of genomic medicine, the study wil help to frame and inform current debates about the future of biomedicine.
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