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Dept. of Anthropology | University of Copenhagen
Presentation, "Failing Biologies and Their Impairments"

Working broadly within the field of social studies of (bio)medicine, my research has focused on traditional herbal medicine (in Vietnam and the United Kingdom), selective reproductive technologies (in China and Denmark) as well as health metrics (in clinical trials and global health). I have recently received funding from the European Research Council for a 5-year (2015-2020) project entitled "The Vitality of Disease - Quality of Life in the Making".


Throughout the world “Living with” guides are appearing aimed at persons and families who are coming to terms with a new diagnosis. Often prepared by patient or disease advocacy associations, these guides focus on the mundane, everyday aspects of adjusting to, coping with and getting on with the challenges that living with a particular disease can bring in its wake. It is never ‘only’ an individual who lives with a chronic condition, so do family members, loved ones, friends and others.