Scientific Advisory Board

Isabelle Baszanger, a sociologist,  is Directeur de Recherche at the Centre for Studies of Health Medicine and Society (CERMES) in Paris.

Virginia Berridge is Professor of History at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Steven Epstein is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of California, San Diego. He is also a member of UCSD’s interdisciplinary Science Studies Program, and he is affiliated with the Critical Gender Studies Program and with the Ethnic Studies Department. Dr. Epstein is the author of the book, Impure Science: AIDS, Activism, and the Politics of Knowledge. His areas of academic interest and teaching include: sociology of biomedicine, health, and illness; sociology of science and scientific knowledge; race, gender, sexuality, and biomedicine; social movements; sociology of sexuality; lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender studies; and sociological theory. He is currently completing a book on the “politics of inclusion” and the “management of difference” in biomedical research in the U.S. Dr. Epstein is also a member of the editorial boards of journals such as Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law; Public Understanding of Science; Sexualities; and Sexuality Research and Social Policy. Visit Steven Epstein’s personal website

Joseph M Comelles is Professor of Social Anthropology at the University Rova I Virgili, Tarragona, Spain

George Davey-Smith is Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Bristol, a Visiting Professor at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Honorary Professor at the University of Glasgow.  His main research interest relates to how socially patterned exposures acting over the entire life-course shape the health distribution between individuals, between populations and also influence long-term trends in health.  He also works on genetic epidemiology, sexually transmitted disease/HIV infection prevention activities in India and Nicaragua and on methodological issues in epidemiology.  He is co-editor (with Shah Ebrahim) of the International Journal of Epidemiology. Visit George Davey-Smith’s personal website

Renee C. Fox, Ph.D., a sociologist, principally of medicine, is the Annenberg Professor Emerita of the Social Sciences, and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Research Associate at Queen Elizabeth House, at the University of Oxford. Her best-known books are: Experiment Perilous: Physicians and Patients Facing the Unknown; The Sociology of Medicine: A Participant Observer’s View; Essays in Medical Sociology: Journeys Into the Field; In the Belgian Chateau: The Spirit and Culture of a European Society in an Age of Change; The Courage to Fail: A Social View of Organ Transplants and Dialysis; and Spare Parts: Organ Replacement in American Society — the last two of which  were books coauthored with medical historian Judith P. Swazey. A Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, as well as an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, Fox holds nine honorary degrees, is a recipient of a Centennial Medal from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences of Harvard University, and in 1995, the Belgian Government named her Chevalier of the Order of Leopold II. Her current work focuses on Medecins sans Frontieres. She is also writing a book on American bioethics.

Margaret Lock is Professor in the Department of Social Studies of Medicine and the Department of Anthropology at McGill University.  She is the author of East Asian Medicine in Urban Japan :Varieties of Medical Experience (1980) and Encounters with Aging: Mythologies of Menopause in Japan and North America (1993), which won the Eileen Basker Memorial Prize, the Canada-Japan Book Award, the Wellcome Medal of the Royal Anthropological Society, the Staley Prize of the School of American Reseach, the Berkeley Prize, and was a finalist for the Hiromi Arisawa Award. Her latest book is Twice Dead: Organ Transplants and the Reinvention of Death  that has been voted best book of the year by the Medical Sociology Society of Great Britain. Lock has edited nine other books and written over 150 scholarly articles. She was the recipient of a Canada Council Izaak Killam Fellowship for 1993 -1995, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; a member of the Canadian Institute of Advanced Research, Population Program; was awarded the Prix Du Quebec, domaine Sciences Humaines in 1997 and the Canada Council Molson Prize, 2002. Much of Lock’s research has been conducted in Japan where she has done research into the revival of East Asian medicine, and life cycle transitions, including adolescence, the elderly, and female mid life. More recent research has focused comparatively on Japan and North America in connection with new biomedical technologies, notably recognition of brain death and organ transplants. Lock is currently investigating the emergence of new representations about the body in light of molecular genetics and population genetics and the social consequences of this transformation for clinical practice and daily life. This research focuses primarily on Alzheimer’s Disease and depression.

John Pickstone was raised in Burnley, and trained in biomedical sciences and in history and philosophy of science. Since 1974 he has worked in Manchester where he founded and directed the Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, in which he is now Wellcome Research Professor. He has written extensively on the history of biomedical sciences, the social history of British medicine, medical technology, and museums. Present projects include the recent history of cancer and the artificial hip. His most recent books are Ways of Knowing. A new history of science, technology and medicine ( Manchester UP /Chicago UP, 2000/1) and ed with Roger Cooter, Medicine in the Twentieth Century ( Harwood Academic Publications, 2000; Routledge pb, 2002).