Health Technology & Society Book Series Launch

25 October 2006 12.00 - 18.00

The Royal Society, London

Book Launch: Health, Technology and Society Series

12:00 – 13:00 Arrivals and Lunch

13:00 – 13:15 Introduction and welcome
Professor Andrew Webster, Director Innovative Health Technologies Programme

13:15 – 13:40 The NHS Healthcare Industries Task Force: innovation policy and challenges ahead
Dr Louise Wood, Head of Innovation and Industry R&D Relations, Dept of Health

13:40 – 14:25 Title to be confirmed
Professor Nelly Oudshoorn, Professor of Technology Dynamics and Health Care, University of Twente, NL

14:25 – 14:55 Refreshment break

Chair - Dr Sally Wyatt, Virtual Knowledge Studio, Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences

14:55 – 15:10 Challenging Regulation
Professor John Abraham & Dr Courtney Davis, Department of Sociology, University of Sussex

15:10 – 15:25 Genetics: from lab to society
Professor Gerard De Vries, Faculty of Humanities, University of Amsterdam & Professor Klasien Horstman, Department of Caring Studies, University of Maastricht, The Netherlands

15:25 – 15:40 Medical devices, healthcare innovations
Dr Alex Faulkner, School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University

15:40 – 15:55 Evidence & the trial
Professor Carl May, Centre for Health Services Research, University of Newcastle upon Tyne & Dr Maggie Mort, Department of Sociology, University of Lancaster

15:55 – 16:10 Global politics of human embryonic stem cell science
Professor Brian Salter, Global Biopolitics Research Group, University of East Anglia

16:10 – 16:25 Body, bio-medicine & society
Dr Steve Wainwright & Dr Clare Williams, Division of Health & Social Care Research, King's College London University of London

16:25 – 16:40 Closing remarks
Dr Sally Wyatt, Virtual Knowledge Studio, Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences

16:40 – 18:00 Wine reception



About the HTS Series

A new research series from Palgrave Macmillan

Series Editors: Andrew Webster, University of York and Sally Wyatt, Virtual Knowledge Studio, Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences

The first volume in the series will be published in June 2006

New Technologies in Health Care: Challenge, Change and Innovation
Edited by Andrew Webster (see bottom of page for full contents)

Other titles planned for the series include:

The Global Politics of Embryonic Stem Cell Science
Herbert Gottweis, Brian Salter and Catherine Waldby
Expected Spring 2007

Mobilising Medicine? Information Technology and the Modernisation of Health Care
Maggie Mort, Tracy Finch, Carl May and Frances Mair
Expected Spring 2007

The Body, Bio-Medicine and Society: Reflections on High-Tec Medicine
Steven P Wainwright and Clare Williams
Expected Autumn 2007

Medical Devices and Healthcare Innovation
Alex Faulkner
Expected Spring 2008

Also due but publish outside of the series

Health, Technology and Society
A monograph by Andrew Webster expected Spring 2007

New Technologies in Health Care: Challenge, Change and Innovation
Edited by Andrew Webster

Due June 2006, Hardback, 288 pages, ISBN 1403991308, £55.00 approx (a limited supply of discounted books are available from the IHT Office please contact Stephanie for further details).


A unique, pathbreaking collection that provides the first, detailed and comprehensive analysis of the implications of new health technologies for society, the delivery of health care, and the very meaning of health itself. It is based on new, critical social science research integrated according to core themes, making it accessible and engaging. It will be of especial value to students and researchers in Social Science, Health Studies and medical schools.


New Technologies in Health Care: Opening the Black Bag: A.Webster


The Genetic Iceberg: Risk and Uncertainty: A.Bharadwaj, L.Prior, P.Atkinson, A.Clarke & M.Worwood

Navigating the Troubled Waters of Prenatal Testing Decisions: G.Lewando-Hundt, J.Green, J.Sandall & J.Hewison

Genetic Ambivalence: Expertise, Uncertainty, and Communication in the Context of New Genetic Technologies: A.Kerr & S.Franklin



'Pathways to the Doctor' in the Information Age: The Role of ICTS in Contemporary Lay Referral Systems; S.Nettleton & G.Hanlon

Desperately Seeking Certainty: Bone Densitometry, The Internet and Healthcare Contexts; E.Green, F.Griffiths, F.Henwood & S.Wyatt

Telemedicine, Telecare, and the Future Patient: Innovation, Risk And Governance; T.Finch, C.May, M.Mort & F.Mair

Patient 'Expertise' and Innovative Health Technologies; K.Ward, M.Davis & P.Flowers

Making Sense of Mediated Information: Empowerment and Dependency; J.Cullen & S.Cohn



Time, Place and Settings: Negotiating Birth, Childhood and Death; J.Seymour, E.Ettorre, J.Heaton, G.Lankshear, D.Mason & J.Noyes

Replacing Hips and Lenses: Surgery, Industry and Innovation in Post War Britain ; J.S.Metcalfe & J.Pickstone

Access, Agency and Normality: The Wheelchair and the Internet as Mediators of Disability; S.Parr, N.Watson & B.Woods



Understanding the 'Productivity Crisis' in the Pharmaceutical Industry: Over-Regulation or Lack of Innovation?; P.Martin, J.Abraham, C.Davis & A.Kraft

Regulating Hybridity: Policing Pollution in Tissue Engineering and Transpecies Transplantation; N.Brown, A.Faulkner, J.Kent & M.Michael

Cultural Politics and Human Embryonic Stem Cell Science; B.Salter

Regulation and the Positioning of Complementary and Alternative Medicine; J.Chatwin & P.Tovey

Evaluation as an Innovative Health Technology; D.Armstrong