The Northern Centre for the History of Medicine and Medical Humanities started as a partnership between the medical historians at Durham University and Newcastle University, which lasted until 2013. It was founded in 2003 and supported through a Wellcome Trust Enhancement Award (2003-2007), Strategic Award (2007-2013) and awards to individual members of the Centre by other funding bodies, such as the AHRC, the Leverhulme, and the ESRC. It is also supported by Newcastle University as a research centre.
Aims of the Northern Centre
The Northern Centre promotes research in the History of Medicine and Medical Humanities of the highest international quality. It aims at consolidating and expanding the critical mass and further promotes research synergies in the subject (locally, nationally and internationally).
The Centre provides undergraduate teaching and postgraduate training programmes (at Masters and PhD level) comprehensively covering Western medical history from antiquity until the 21st century as well as medical history in modern India, thus nurturing a new generation of scholars. Members of the Northern Centre strengthen the History of Medicine and Medical Humanities component in the medical curriculum and enhance historical awareness among members of the medical profession.
The Northern Centre supports effective outreach and public engagement across the region.