Survey: FDA History Office Website

The FDA History Office is competing for funding to update and expand its website. We want to boost its value to medical historians and their students, in particular. As a part of the process, we would like to hear about the kinds of FDA related materials and topics that would help historians of medicine in their research and teaching. If you have time to go to the website, look around, and return comments to me, it would certainly help us in shaping our proposal.
This is the general site.
Calling your attention to this newly posted article on Clinical Trials, would more pieces such as this be useful in your research and teaching?
Published in: on May 29, 2012 at 8:21 am  Leave a Comment  

Website: Gendered Innovations in Health & Medicine

Dear Whomers,  I would like to draw your attention to the peer-reviewed Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, and Engineering project.  This project is funded by the European Commission, the NSF, and Stanford University, and has been developed through a series interdisciplinary, collaborative workshops in Europe and the US.

Gendered Innovations employ sex and gender analysis as a resource to create new knowledge. It is a next step in 30 years of sex/gender in science and medicine scholarship. Specifically, the Gendered Innovations project: 1) develops practical methods of sex and gender analysis for scientists, medical researchers, and engineers; 2) provides case studies as concrete illustrations of how sex and gender analysis leads to innovation. We have about 11 case studies posted and are developing about 7 more.

Our health & medicine case studies include: Heart Disease in Women; Osteoporosis Research in Men; and De-Gendering the Knee.  Also of interest are: the Genetics of Sex Determination, Animal Research, and Stem Cells. The engineering case studies are fun.  I suggest Pregnant Crash Test Dummies, HIV Microbicides, or Water.

The website is intended for researchers and also for our students.  You might find it interesting to use in classes.

All  best, Londa

Professor Londa Schiebinger

John L. Hinds Professor of the History of Science, Stanford University

Director, EU/US Gendered Innovations in Science, Health & Medicine, and Engineering

Published in: on May 29, 2012 at 8:19 am  Leave a Comment  

CFP: Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine



The Joint Atlantic Seminar for the History of Medicine is seeking abstracts for research presentations on topics related to the history of health and healing; of medical ideas, practices, and institutions; and of illness, disease, and public health, from all eras and regions of the world.


The 10th Annual seminar will be held the weekend of October 5-6, 2012 in New Haven, CT and is jointly hosted by the Section in the History of Medicine and the Program in the History of Science and Medicine at Yale University.

Abstracts should be no more than 350 words and should clearly state the purpose, thesis, methodology, and principal findings of the paper to be presented. Please note that abstracts more than 350 words in length will not be reviewed. Speakers must be enrolled as graduate students at the time of the conference.

We will be accepting abstracts for twenty-minute presentations as well as a limited number of pre-circulated papers (20-25 pages). The pre-circulated paper sessions will be with a small group of peers who have read your paper before the conference. This option is ideal for papers that are being submitted for publication.


The seminar is organized and coordinated by graduate students across the United States working in fields related to the history of medicine. Our mission is to foster a sense of community and provide a forum for sharing and critiquing graduate research by peers from a variety of institutions and backgrounds. For more information, including previous years’ programs, please visit


All abstracts should be submitted electronically as Microsoft Word documents to with a completed cover page. The cover page is attached this email and is also available at A panel of graduate students from several different institutions will review the abstracts. The deadline for abstracts is May 31, 2012.


Unfortunately, we are unable to provide financial support for travel to participants. We will, however, make every effort to provide free accommodation for presenters. We urge students whose papers are accepted to seek financial support from their home institutions to participate in the seminar. Registration for the conference is free.

Kelly O’Donnell and Heidi Knoblauch

Program in the History of Science and Medicine

Yale University

Published in: on May 22, 2012 at 8:56 am  Leave a Comment