‘Pasts, Presents and Futures of Medical Regeneration’
This position is funded by a Wellcome Trust Seed Award project in medical humanities led by Dr James Stark
This multi-disciplinary project brings together researchers working across and beyond the medical humanities to explore the interactions between medicine, regeneration and society. In contemporary biomedical science “regenerative medicine” is closely associated with bioengineering and molecular biology; it is linked to regenerating human cells, tissues or organs. Regenerative medicine encompasses a broad range of biomedical research and its clinical application on different scales, from stem cell manipulation to the transplantation of organs grown in vitro. However, regeneration has been associated historically with numerous diverse therapies, from sleep and convalescence to electrotherapy and exercise.
The project activity has two main areas of focus. Firstly, through three workshops held in Leeds, the project will bring together a cohort of fifteen researchers to scope and develop major interdisciplinary research questions and agendas around the topic of regeneration. These events will involve presentations, discussion and creative explorations of the current scholarship on regeneration in a number of disciplines. Secondly, the principal investigator will conduct original research into the historical context of regeneration and the potential value for contemporary practices of regenerative medicine.
You will work closely with Dr Stark and workshop venues to plan, organise and facilitate the project workshops, and support the project cohort in developing ideas for future research. As well as taking an active role in these workshops as a participant, you will also have the opportunity to pursue your own lines of research enquiry which are related to the overall theme of the project.
You will have a Master’s degree in a relevant subject, and candidates from any disciplinary background whose research and academic interests intersect with the concept of regeneration are especially encouraged to apply. Appropriate mentorship and career development support will be provided in line with career stage as part of the role.