One of the research themes which Cesagene will focus on:

Medicine, Science & Culture

This theme addresses medical knowledge, technologies and practices at the interface with science on the one hand, and with persons and their relations on the other. This group has extensive interest in biology, disease and illness in contemporary society (for example, ageing and patient experiences of rare disease) and biomedical knowledge and practice (for example, diagnostic and reproductive technologies).

Cesagene’s research in the field of ageing speaks to the relationships between ageing, biology, disease and the body. Our work includes a sociological exploration of ageing science and its socio-cultural implications, particularly in relation to the meanings we attach to getting older and the changing nature of how diseases in later life are conceived.  The diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and cognitive impairment are explored with a particular focus on the implications of diagnoses for the (re)making of the boundaries between normal ageing, cognitive decline and degenerative disease and the creation of a new and growing group of older people labelled with a pre-condition. Our work extends to aspects of biomedical representation and treatment of other conditions that affect the brain, particularly early onset dementia and the organization of care and experience of acquired brain injury.

This group also has extensive interest in biomedical knowledge and practice. Our work includes the development and implications of genetic testing, (including techniques such as Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing), novel reproductive technologies (such as mitochondrial donation) and clinical classification and dysmorphology within paediatric clinics. We explore how meanings are given to particular conditions, including as ways of ‘being’ in the world, and how the socially and culturally constituted categories of disability and abnormality are enacted in everyday talk to indicate how certain lives, or future lives, come to be valued or devalued. In addition, we capture how biomedical innovations come to shape what we mean by family, kinship, parenthood, care, (informed) choice and reproduction.

We work closely with scientists and clinicians, paying particular attention to people’s experiences of health and of illness, and the ways in which these experiences are shaped by the organisations and services that deliver healthcare.


Theme Leader
Prof Joanna Latimer

Research Fellows
Dr Beck Dimond
Dr Alexandra Hillman
Dr Gareth Thomas

Post Graduates
Tim Banks
Sophie Davies
Beth Coad (Psychology/Neuroscience)
Julie Latchem
Heather Strange