The History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group originated as the Wellcome Trust's "History of Twentieth Century Medicine Group", set up in 1990 to develop and strengthen links between members of the biomedical research community and medical historians, and to promote and facilitate the study of the history of twentieth-century medicine and medical science by encouraging the creation and deposit of material sources for use by present and future historians.

The current digital collection compiles the interviews generated by the Group, and has been curated by Professor Tilli Tansey, Mr Adam Wilkinson, Mr Alan Yabsley and Dr Apostolos Zarros. The material in it has been linked to Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) and is citable (for more details, please consult the "How to cite" files of each entry).

The History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group is funded by the Wellcome Trust, which is a registered charity (no. 210183).

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Contents (last update: 27-Jun-2017):

--- total entries: 93

--- total files: 696

--- audio interview transcript files: 46

--- video interview transcript files: 47

--- video interview media files: 603

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Note: The "History of Modern Biomedicine Interviews (Digital Collection)" contains three types of files: (a) audio interview transcripts (.pdf files), (b) video interview transcripts (.pdf files), and (c) video interview media files (.mp4 files; video clips corresponding to the Video Interview Transcripts archived). In addition, it contains "How to cite" files (.docx files; guides on how to cite each of the aforementioned sources). Video interview transcripts are edited only for clarity and factual accuracy, and follow the principles of oral history methodology. However, audio interview transcripts are in most cases subject to enrichment by the interviewee and further editing. Related material has been deposited in the Wellcome Library.

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Please cite as: Tansey E M, Wilkinson A, Yabsley A, Zarros A. (curators) (2016-2017) History of Modern Biomedicine Interviews (Digital Collection). In: Queen Mary Research Online. London: Queen Mary University of London.

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Recent Submissions

  • Rosenthal, Norman: transcript of a video interview (21-Jul-2014) 

    Tansey EM; Rosenthal N; Tansey EM; Gee D; Yabsley A; Wilkinson A (2017-06-26)
    Interview with Professor Norman Rosenthal, conducted by Professor Tilli Tansey, for the History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, 21 July 2014, in the School of History, Queen Mary University of London. Transcribed by ...
  • Moncada, Salvador: transcript of a video interview (24- and 25-Apr-2008) 

    Thomas R; Moncada S; Thomas R; Tansey EM; Iversen L; Sanders M; Reeves C; Yabsley A (2017-06-26)
    Salvador Moncada also pioneered new fields. As a student of Sir John Vane he helped discover how aspirin inhibits prostaglandin biosynthesis and at the Wellcome Research Laboratories he discovered the prostaglandin derivative ...
  • Burnstock, Geoffrey: transcript of a video interview (10- and 11-Mar-2008) 

    Thomas R; Burnstock G; Thomas R; Tansey EM; Iversen L; Sanders M; Reeves C; Yabsley A (2017-06-26)
    Geoffrey Burnstock has provided new insights about chemical neurotransmission in the autonomic nervous system where there are few specialised synapses, and transmitter release occurs from multiple points along a nerve ...
  • Warrington, Elizabeth: transcript of a video interview (25- and 26-Oct-2006) 

    Thomas R; Warrington E; Thomas R; Tansey EM; Iversen L; Sanders M; Reeves C; Yabsley A (2017-06-26)
    Elizabeth Warrington is a neuropsychologist whose work centres on how neural networks enable us to see, perceive, remember and discuss things. Her research has improved the accuracy of tests to diagnose and chart degenerative ...
  • Rutter, Michael: transcript of a video interview (18-Dec-2006 and 15-Feb-2007) 

    Thomas R; Rutter M; Thomas R; Tansey EM; Iversen L; Sanders M; Reeves C; Yabsley A (2017-06-26)
    Michael Rutter is a leading international figure in academic psychiatry. He has worked in the USA, University of Birmingham and for much of his career at the Institute of Psychiatry in London. His research has included the ...
  • Ordidge, Roger: transcript of a video interview (15- and 16-Oct-2007) 

    Thomas R; Ordidge R; Thomas R; Tansey EM; Iversen L; Sanders M; Reeves C; Yabsley A (2017-06-26)
    Roger Ordidge was one of Mansfield’s post-doctoral students in the late 1970s. Mansfield’s EPI had been difficult to implement, and Ordidge’s initial work identified theoretical difficulties and practical modifications of ...
  • Mansfield, Peter: transcript of a video interview (11- and 12-Jul-2007) 

    Thomas R; Mansfield P; Thomas R; Tansey EM; Iversen L; Sanders M; Reeves C; Yabsley A (2017-06-26)
    Peter Mansfield, Nobel Laureate 2003, was responsible for some of the key advances leading to the development of MRI. He showed that when biological tissues were placed in a high magnetic field, gradients in that field ...
  • Jones, Terry: transcript of a video interview 

    Thomas R; Jones T; Thomas R; Tansey EM; Iversen L; Sanders M; Reeves C; Yabsley A (2017-06-26)
    Terry Jones is a pioneer of PET. He showed how short lived oxygen-15 labelled gases and water could be used to image and measure tissue perfusion and oxygen extraction in a number of organs. His initial experiments were ...
  • Gregory, Richard: transcript of a video interview (06- and 07-Feb-2007) 

    Thomas R; Gregory R; Thomas R; Tansey EM; Iversen L; Sanders M; Reeves C; Yabsley A (2017-06-26)
    Richard Gregory was Head of the Brain and Perception Laboratory at the University of Bristol and is internationally recognized for his new insights into the mechanisms underlying visual perception i.e. those that underlie ...
  • Frith, Uta: transcript of a video interview (27- and 28-Nov-2007) 

    Thomas R; Frith U; Thomas R; Tansey EM; Iversen L; Sanders M; Reeves C; Yabsley A (2017-06-26)
    Uta Frith is a world expert in autism spectrum disorders. She was one of the first in the 1960’s to assess the alterations in brain function that underlie autism, at a time when the general view was that autism was an ...
  • Silver, Ann: transcript of a video interview (07- and 08-Sep-2007) 

    Thomas R; Silver A; Thomas R; Tansey EM; Iversen L; Sanders M; Reeves C; Yabsley A (2017-06-26)
    Ann Silver is internationally known for her pioneering work on acetylcholine in both the peripheral and central nervous system. In the 1960’s when many physiologists were sceptical about chemical neurotransmission in the ...
  • North, Alan: transcript of a video interview (06-Jun-2008) 

    Thomas R; North A; Thomas R; Tansey EM; Iversen L; Sanders M; Reeves C; Yabsley A (2017-06-26)
    Alan North represents a new generation of British neuropharmacologists who have exploited the powerful tools of molecular biology to study drug actions. He trained in the University of Aberdeen under Professor Hans Kosterlitz, ...
  • Frackowiak, Richard: transcript of a video interview (06- and 07-Dec-2007) 

    Thomas R; Frackowiak R; Thomas R; Tansey EM; Iversen L; Sanders M; Reeves C; Yabsley A (2017-06-26)
    Richard Frackowiak founded the influential Wellcome Department of Imaging Neurosciences’ Functional Imaging Laboratory at the Institute of Neurology in 1994. A clinician by training he has investigated the physiology of ...
  • Will, Eric: transcript of a video interview (04-Nov-2016) 

    Tansey EM; Will E; Tansey EM; Gee D; Yabsley A; Wilkinson A (2017-05-26)
    Interview with Dr Eric Will, conducted by Professor Tilli Tansey, for the History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, 04 November 2016, in the School of History, Queen Mary University of London. Transcribed by Mrs Debra ...
  • Will, Eric: transcript of an audio interview (04-Nov-2016) 

    Tansey EM; Will E; Tansey EM; Gee D; Yabsley A; Wilkinson A (2017-05-26)
    Interview with Dr Eric Will, conducted by Professor Tilli Tansey, for the History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, 04 November 2016, in the School of History, Queen Mary University of London. Transcribed by Mrs Debra ...
  • Sawkins, John: transcript of a video interview (17-Nov-2016) 

    Tansey EM; Sawkins J; Tansey EM; Gee D; Yablsey A; Wilkinson A (2017-05-26)
    Interview with Mr John Sawkins, conducted by Professor Tilli Tansey, for the History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, 17 November 2016, in the School of History, Queen Mary University of London. Transcribed by Mrs ...
  • Sawkins, John: transcript of an audio interview (17-Nov-2016) 

    Tansey EM; Sawkins J; Tansey EM; Gee D; Yablsey A; Wilkinson A (2017-05-26)
    Interview with Mr John Sawkins, conducted by Professor Tilli Tansey, for the History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, 17 November 2016, in the School of History, Queen Mary University of London. Transcribed by Mrs ...
  • Rawlings, Chris: transcript of a video interview (04-Aug-2016) 

    Tansey EM; Rawlings C; Tansey EM; Beanland S; Gee D; Yabsley A; Wilkinson A (2017-05-25)
    Interview with Professor Chris Rawlings, conducted by Professor Tilli Tansey, for the History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, 04 August 2016, in the School of History, Queen Mary University of London. Transcribed by ...
  • Rawlings, Chris: transcript of an audio interview (04-Aug-2016) 

    Tansey EM; Rawlings C; Tansey EM; Beanland S; Gee D; Yablsey A; Wilkinson A (2017-05-25)
    Interview with Professor Chris Rawlings, conducted by Professor Tilli Tansey, for the History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, 04 August 2016, in the School of History, Queen Mary University of London. Transcribed by ...
  • Pinder, Andrew: transcript of a video interview (10-Nov-2016) 

    Tansey EM; Pinder A; Tansey EM; Gee D; Yabsley A; Wilkinson A (2017-05-25)
    Interview with Dr Andrew Pinder, conducted by Professor Tilli Tansey, for the History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group, 10 November 2016, in the School of History, Queen Mary University of London. Transcribed by Mrs ...

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