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 ...
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