Postgraduate student Q&A with Vinh Kim Nguyen - Anthropology and Infectious Disease in the 21st century

  • Event:  Q&A for postgraduate students with Prof Vinh Kim Nguyen
  • When:  Tuesday 25 April 2017
  • Time:  12 - 1.30 pm
  • Location:  Seminar room 4, Chrystal Macmillan Building, George Square, University of Edinburgh
  • Registration:

Following the Global Challenges in Infectious Disease Symposium, our keynote speaker Prof Vinh Kim Nguyen from Université de Montréal, will be available to talk to postgraduate students about his research on infectious disease in West Africa, and about his career experiences as an HIV Physician and medical anthropologist.

This Q&A session will be held at 12.00 - 1.30 pm on Tuesday 25 April in the 6th Floor Staff Room of the Chrystal Macmillan Building in George Square, University of Edinburgh. 

Light refreshments will be available.

Numbers are limited to 20 participants, so please sign up soon to reserve your place.

About Prof Vinh Kim Nguyen

Vinh-Kim is an HIV and Emergency physician and medical anthropologist. As both practitioner and researcher, he is concerned with the relationship between science, politics and practice in global health. He practices Emergency Medicine at Avicenna Hospital in Paris and the Jewish General Hospital in Montréal, currently holds an ERC Consolidator Grant (Research Chair) on the science and politics of a world without AIDS and heads a team of anthropologists researching the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.

He is Professor in the School of Public Health the University of Montreal where he leads the PhD track in Global Health, and Professor of Anthropology and Sociology of Development in the Graduate Institute for International and Development Studies in Geneva; he also holds an honorary chair at the Maison des Sciences de l'Homme in Paris which hosts researchers working on global health issues.

Since 1994 he has worked extensively with community organisations responding to the HIV epidemic in West Africa as a trainer and physician. This work informed his anthropological research on the global response to HIV with a concern for the forms of triage and sovereignty they embody. He continues to follow the evolving scientific and political response to HIV and Ebola in his current work. He draws on molecular epidemiology, global health and social theory to argue for a paradigm shift in eliminating infectious diseases.

Selected reading

  • Republic of Therapy: Triage and Sovereignty in West Africa’s time of AIDS (Duke University Press, 2010) [available as e-book in University of Edinburgh library]
  • An Anthropology and Biomedicine (with Margaret Lock, Blackwell, 2011) [available as e-book in University lof Edinburgh ibrary]
  • Adherence as therapeutic citizenship: impact of the history of access to antiretroviral drugs on adherence to treatment (AIDS, 2009)
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