Medical Humanities Discovery Advisory Group

This advisory group shortlists candidates for Wellcome Career Development Awards and Wellcome Discovery Awards.

Its remit covers applications that aim to transform understandings of health, healthcare, and wellbeing in their social, historical, and cultural contexts. It includes all disciplines in the arts and humanities, such as (but not limited to): history; literary and cultural studies; Classics; philosophy; creative arts and design; bioarchaeology. It includes all methodologies and approaches, as long as the aim is to generate new knowledge and understandings related to health. Examples include, but are not limited to: archival research; textual, visual, and audio-visual analysis; digital humanities; creative or practice-led methodologies; interviews and oral histories; conceptual analysis; archaeological analysis of material culture or organic matter. 

Examples include: 

  • research on experiences of health and healthcare, health practice and/or policy, and the generation of medical knowledge
  • research on cultural representations of illness and wellbeing and their reception and impact
  • research on health, healthcare, and wellbeing in their social, cultural, and political contexts in any time-period or in any geographical location
  • the development of new methodologies, techniques, and conceptual frameworks in the arts and humanities related to research on health, healthcare, and wellbeing. 


Members are listed below. Additional experts will join the panel as necessary.

Professor Megan Vaughan (Chair)

University College London

Professor Sarah Atkinson

Durham University

Dr Monika Baar

Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, Netherlands

Professor Deepika Bahri

Emory University, USA

Dr Daniel Conway

University of Westminster

Dr Abir Hamdar

Durham University

Professor Janet Harbord

Queen Mary University of London

Professor Anthony Ryan Hatch

Wesleyan University, USA

Dr Rebecca Hodes

University of Cape Town, South Africa

Dr Elaine Leong

University College London

Dr Ulrika Maude

University of Bristol

Professor Diane Price-Herndl

University of South Florida, USA

Dr Kavita Sivaramakrishnan

Columbia University, USA

Dr Carla Tsampiras

University of Cape Town, South Africa


Sophie Hutchison

Team Manager

Wellcome Trust