A one-day symposium of Health and Welfare Research Group

18 June 2009, 09:00 - 18:00

CRASSH, 17 Mill Lane

Online Registration is now closed.

If you wish to check whether any places have become available please contact      E Lamb el269@cam.ac.uk


Richard Barnett  (HPS)
Simon Cohn       (General Practice and Primary Care Research Unit)
Bonnie Evans    (HPS)
Rachel Parry     (Learning Disabilities Research Group)
Sian Pooley       (History)
Nick Whitfield    (HPS)

Keynote speaker:

Dr Ilina Singh, Wellcome Trust University Lecturer in Bioethics and Society, at the BIOS Centre at the LSE.

This one-day interdisciplinary workshop aims to bring together researchers working on diverse aspects of health and welfare in order to promote academic exchange and future collaboration. In particular, the Symposium will showcase on-going research by postgraduate and early-career researchers in Cambridge.
The symposium will focus on the three themes which are explored in the Health and Welfare programme of reading groups and seminars for 2008-9. These are: dead bodies and transplanted tissues; medicine, law and deviant behaviour; and care and vulnerability. We welcome papers or posters that discuss any aspect of these themes.

CALL FOR PAPERS:  Deadline, Monday 27 April 2009 


Part of Health & Welfare Research Group

Administrative contact  Esther Lamb (Grad/Fac Programme Manager)



9.00 -  9.25


9.25 -  9.30

Welcome and Introduction 

9.30 - 11.15

Panel 1: 

Dead bodies and transplanted tissues

Chair: Ayesha Nathoo (History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge)

J. Alix Rogers (History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge)
Transformation of Biological Materials into Property in The UK: Examining The Work-Skill Exception

Yannis Papadaniel (Lausanne/ Paris/ visiting scholar Politics, Psychology, Sociology and International Studies)
Volunteers and dying persons. An ethnographic approach of the relation to Death

Erica Borgstrom (General Practice and Primary Care Research Unit, Cambridge)
‘Good Death’: Medical Students’ Expectations and Realisations

11.15 - 11.30 

Tea/Coffee Break 

11.30 - 13.15 

Panel 2: 

Care and vulnerability

Chair: Tony Lawson (Economics, Cambridge)

Mikey Dunn (The Ethox Centre, Oxford)
What does it mean to be a vulnerable adult? 

Matthew Jones (Judge Business School, Cambridge)
Caring for the informated patient

Liz Williams, Naomi Bateman and Marcus Redley (Cambridge Intellectual and Development Disabilities Research Group, Cambridge)
What is care? For mothers of adult children with a Learning Disability and Epilepsy ‘care’ means balancing the tension between ‘stability’ and aspiring to a ‘good life’

13.15 - 14.00 


14.00 - 15.45 


Panel 3:

Abnormality, medical science and the law

Chair: Simon Cohn (General Practice and Primary Care Research Unit, Cambridge)


Stephen John  (Hughes Hall Centre for Biomedical Science in Society, Cambridge)
The cost-benefit argument for pre-natal-diagnosis: pre-empting demands of care? 

Megan Clinch  (BIOS Centre, LSE)
Deploying ambiguity - contested thyroid disease and the medicalisation of the self

Jessica Wheeler, Anthony Holland, Isabel Clare  (Cambridge Intellectual and Development Disabilities Research Group, Cambridge)  
Supporting caring relationships at the thresholds of capacity in the shadow of the law 


 15.45 - 16.00  

 Tea/Coffee Break

 16.00 - 17.30

Keynote paper:
Ilina Singh  (BIOS Centre, LSE)
It’s the demographics, stupid! Ethics and ecology in diagnosis and treatment of children with ADHD

Chair: Marcus Redley  (Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group, Cambridge)

17.30 - 18.00 

Concluding discussion

Chair: Michael Banner (Trinity College, Cambridge)

 18.00 - 19.00  

 Drinks Reception


Poster presentations


Elizabeth Fistein and Marcus Redley (Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group, Cambridge)
How healthcare professionals’ give due consideration to the ‘wishes, beliefs and values’ of adults lacking decision-making capacity when deciding whether a change of accommodation would be in a patient’s best interests   

Caitlin Donahue Wylie (History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge)
Setting a Standard for the “Silent” Disease:  Defining Osteoporosis in the 1980s and 1990s