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In October 2018, Sonja Erikainen will commence a one-year ESRC postdoctoral research fellowship titled Sex Binaries, Performance Enhancement and Elite Sport, mentored by Prof. Anne Kerr, director of the Centre or Health, Technologies and Social Practice. Sonja will be working on a monograph, building on the findings of her doctoral research...

We are delighted to announce that Greg Hollin has been awarded a Wellcome Research Fellowship in Humanities in Social Science for a project entitled ‘Hard knock life: Negotiating concussion and dementia in sport.’ Greg’s project is concerned with the increasing anxiety about the risks associated with concussive and sub-concussive head trauma...

Thesp members' new article questions the widely accepted view that biomedical research is straightforwardly driving improvements in cancer care, demonstrating the importance of social research about living with and beyond cancer in improving cancer services and reducing the risk of cancer. It also underlines the importance of journalists, public commentators and social researchers investigating and taking into account the different experiences and perspectives of a range of people affected by cancer so that their voices can be heard and services shaped to cater for their needs.

Abin Thomas (King’s College London) discusses affordable organ transplant in India, in light of the changing political and financial situation of the country, thereby continuing a conversation started at the “Boundaries, Bodies, Borders: The Global Movement of Body Parts” event, held at the University of Leeds on 5th May 2017.

Cecilia Vindrola-Padros (Department of Applied Health Research, University College London) writes on body parts provision and medical travel, continuing a conversation started at the “Boundaries, Bodies, Borders: The Global Movement of Body Parts” event, held at the University of Leeds on 5th May 2017.

Karen Throsby explains how sugar has become the new public health bête noir and discusses her new research project exploring scientific knowledge production, validation and popular appropriation; the role of generation, gender, race an class in the production of embodied citizenship; the politics of food in the context of austerity; and  contemporary panics around health and body size.