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Research Interests

Professor Martyn Pickersgill FAcSS is a sociologist of science and medicine. He is currently engaged in research on biomedicine and society in the UK and the US, and with collaborators in the context of Australia, China, Japan, and Malawi. 


Current Roles

Martyn holds a Personal Chair in the Sociology of Science and Medicine, and conducts research, teaching, and engagement in the social dimensions of biomedicine. He is also Director of Research in the Medical School's Usher Institute. In 2020, Martyn became Co-Director of a new £5.3m Wellcome Trust PhD Programme in 'One Health Animal Models of Disease: Science, Ethics and Society', which brings together expertise from the social and biomedical sciences. In 2018, he co-founded the Centre for Biomedicine, Self and Society through seed and continuing funding totalling over £1.9m from the Wellcome Trust, where he remains an Associate Director. 


Previous Work

Through various grants and fellowships, Martyn's research has focused primarily on the social, legal and ethical dimensions of biomedicine and the health professions. In particular, his work has considered the sociologies of (epi)genetics, neuroscience, and mental health. This has been supported through a range of funders as PI/Co-PI/Co-I, including the AHRC, ESRC, MRC, British Academy, Leverhulme Trust, and Wellcome Trust.  


Other Responsibilities and Activities

Martyn holds a variety of affilitations with bioscience, social science, and humanities institutes across the University of Edinburgh and beyond. He he has held a range of visiting positions in Australia, Europe, and North America. Martyn contributes to a number of advisory committees, funding panels, and editorial boards internationally. He is a member of the Cross-Parliamentary Group on Mental Health, and a member of the Scottish Science Advisory Council. Martyn is a recipient of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Henry Duncan Medal, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences.



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