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Dr Martina Zimmermann

Former student

Project Title: The Diseased Brain and the Failing Mind. Dementia in Science, Medicine and Literature of the 20th Century.

End date: 1/11/2016


Research interests

Martina's studies in the Health Humanities focus on dementia narrative in literature and medicine, science and society. She is also interested in enhancing communication between, and mutual appreciation of, medico-scientific and humanities approaches to illness and health; the role of life-writing to influence research and care; the language surrounding neurodegeneration, including movement disorders, aging and cognitive impairment; and how culture frames the questions asked by leading researchers in Alzheimer’s disease, cognitive health and aging. Does culture lead them to adopt specific paradigms, at times overlooking experimental and clinical evidence?

Martina is keen to integrate Health Humanities components into lectures, seminars and workshops for students of the Pharmaceutical Sciences, because they will have direct, day-to-day contact with patients and caregivers and, additionally, play a role in filtering and relaying information to health care staff and concerned individuals.

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