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What in the world is medical anthropology? (and why should we care?)

What in the world is medical anthropology? (and why should we care?)

Wednesday 7 June, 6:30pm-7:30pm with Dr Caroline Ackley and Janani Murugesh

This event will be held online only.

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About this session

In June's monthly lecture, Dr Caroline Ackley and Janani Murugesh will discuss medical anthropology at the global and local levels, including reflections from a current BSMS medical student about why medical anthropology is relevant to you.  They’ll present a case study based on current research at BSMS and you’ll get a chance to (1) think about a key anthropological concept in relation to health and (2) hear from a current medical student about how they directly contributed to this research. You will gain a general understanding of medical anthropology and what medical anthropologists actually do.

Dr Caroline Ackley (she/her) holds a PhD in Medical Anthropology from UCL and has worked in the Horn of Africa since 2009. Her current research is in Sudan on the Neglected Tropical Disease mycetoma. She teaches at BSMS on the Global Health MSc and supervises a PhD student affiliated with her NTD research, as well as IRP students (4th-year medical students at BSMS).

Janani Murugesh (she/her) is a current fourth-year medical student at BSMS, with an MSc in International Development and Health. In her 4th-year independent research project, Janani is working with Dr Caroline Ackley as part of the NIHR grant, looking at the experience of skin neglected tropical diseases for women and its intersection with vulnerability.

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