Wellcome Unit Seminar on Monday 23 April

Woman making pemmican - image from nativeaccess.com

Trinity Term 2012 Seminar Series

At: The Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine
Seminar Room, 47 Banbury Road, Oxford

Medicine, Leisure and the Arts
Convener: Dr Elise Smith

Week 1 – 23 April
Vanessa Heggie, University of Cambridge
‘A New History of Bioprospecting: Technology and Physiology from Pemmican to Vibrams’

Vanessa Heggie is a teaching associate at Cambridge University’s Department of History of Philosophy of Science.  Her research interests arethe history of medicine & the life sciences generally 1800–present; scientific exploration, expeditions, and extreme environments; Polar expeditions, space travel and mountaineering; the history of physiology; field and laboratory relationships; topics relating to exercise, including sports medicine, sports science, and the Olympics; eugenics; health and lifestyle; public health and social medicine (esp. for the 19thC).

Vibrams - image by ChoonMing/Flickr

She has recently published a book entitled ‘A History of British Sports Medicine‘, which is available to consult in the Wellcome Unit Library at shelfmark RC1210 HEG 2011 and a copy is also available to be requested from the Bodleian’s bookstacks.

Coffee is available from 2.00pm – Seminars begin at 2.15pm prompt
All are welcome to join the speaker for lunch beforehand.  Please contact Elise Smith (elise.smith@wuhmo.ox.ac.uk) for more details.

The complete list of seminars for Trinity Term 2012 can be found at

Related links: Victoria Heggie’s profile | What is biorprospecting? | What is pemmican? | What are Vibrams?

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