UCD Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, UCD School of History and Archive

Director: Dr Catherine Cox (UCD Centre for the History of Medicine, School of History & Archives) catherine.cox@ucd.ie


The Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (CHOMI), at the School of History and Archives, UCD was established in 2006 and represents the Wellcome Trust’s first institutional support for ‘Medical History and the Humanities’ in Ireland. The Centre’s specific aims are to develop and enhance the discipline and profile of the history of medicine and medical humanities in Ireland; to train high quality scholars; to produce peer-reviewed publications; to engage with wider medical history and humanities community outside Ireland; to develop collaborative funded projects; to support the preservation of archives relevant to the field and to participate in public engagement and social media activities.

Since its inception the Centre has raised over a million euro from external peer-review funders and has a vibrant cohort of postgraduate and postdoctoral scholars. Staff members associated with the Centre have academic links with a range of national and international institutions with expertise in the discipline including University of Warwick, University of Ulster, Royal College of Physicians in Ireland and the Nation College of Art and Design. The current academic themes at the Centre include ‘maternal and child health’; ‘psychiatry and mental health’; ‘public health and disease’ and ‘medical professionals and medical practices’. New projects under development address the place of art and visual culture in medicine and include collaborations with the UCD School of Art and Cultural Policy and the National College of Art and Design.

Collaborations with the Humanities Institute:

In this academic year, the Centre is hosting a seminar to be presented by the Professor Cara Delay, current Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Humanities Institute of Ireland and Professor Delay will be participating in the Centre’s MA programme, convening a session as part of the module ‘Gender and Medicine’. Further collaboration and co-operation with the HII can be explored under the rubric of ‘Medical Humanities’. In particular the Centre will collaborate with Humanities Institute scholars – demonstrating the appropriate track record in the medical humanities – who wish to develop viable interdisciplinary research projects and funding applications from Postdoctoral Fellowships to larger collaborative projects.