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Centre for Medical Humanities

Leadership Team

Interdisciplinary skills development for medical humanities: an opportunity for early career researchers and postgraduates. Funded by the AHRC and led by Durham University’s Centre for Medical Humanities in collaboration with the Northern Network for Medical Humanities Research and the Wellcome Trust.

Professor Jane Macnaughton, MA, MBChB, PhD, MRCGP, DRCOG

Deputy Head of School of the Medicine, Pharmacy and Health, School of

Co-Director in the Centre for Medical Humanities

Research Associate in the Department of English Studies

Fellow of the Wolfson Research Institute for Health and Wellbeing

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 48164
Room CA125, Caedmon Building, Leazes Road, Durham, DH1 1SZ
Contact Professor Jane Macnaughton (email at


Jane Macnaughton is Professor of Medical Humanities at Durham University in the UK and co-director of the University’s Centre for Medical Humanities (CMH). This Centre was established in 2008 as a Wellcome Trust-Funded development from the Centre for Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine (CAHHM) which she initiated in 2000. Before that Jane was a GP in Glasgow and a lecturer in the Department of General Practice at Glasgow University. Jane set up and now contributes to the personal and professional development strand of Durham’s Phase I Medical Programme and runs part of the School of Medicine and Health Suite of Master’s modules. She became Deputy Head of the School of Medicine and Health in 2009. She has published in the fields of medical education, medical humanities, literature and medicine, history of medicine and health care environments. Recently her work has turned to engagement in critical public health especially in the field of smoking research. Her books include, Clinical Judgement (OUP, 2000, with Robin Downie), Madness and Creativity in Literature and Culture (Palgrave, 2005, with Corinne Saunders) and The Body and the Arts (Palgrave, 2009, with Corinne Saunders and Ulrika Maude). She is also part of an international publishing collaboration working on a series of Medical Humanities Companions. The first two volumes of this series are now in print: Symptom (Radcliffe, 2008) and Diagnosis (2010). Jane was a founder member of the UK’s Association for Medical Humanities (AMH) and was joint editor of the journal Medical Humanities until 2008. She was appointed to serve on the Medical History and Humanities Expert Review Group at the Wellcome Trust in 2011. Jane’s current clinical work is in gynaecology and is an Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University Hospital of North Durham. She is married to Andrew Russell, a medical anthropologist in the Department of Anthropology, has two sons, Ben and Euan, and a dog called Bertie. Jane enjoys walking Bertie, going to the theatre (especially plays and opera) and - as a homesick Scot - getting away from it all on the Hebridean Island of Coll with her family.

Mary Robson

Mary brings to the team a wealth of creative and expressive facilitation practice. Her work encourages participants to find a common language and so is particularly beneficial when working with multi disciplinary groups.

Recent Projects

  • Innovation event to general practical research projects to tackle the challenges of long term care for our aging population
  • Project learning review with a group of innovation projects to share lessons learnt and identify opportunities for collaboration
  • Facilitation of Voice Club – the fortnightly gathering of an interdisciplinary research team.
  • Facilitation of consensus workshops for deliverers and stakeholders of a regional arts in health programme. 

Dori Beeler, BFA, MA, PhD

Project Manager of the CMH New Generations Programme
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 48165
Caedmon Building, Leazes Road, Durham, DH1 1SZ
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Dori came to Durham University in 2010 as a postgraduate student. Her research interests and goals were solidified in 2012 when she became familiar with the Centre for Medical Humanities. Since then, her interests have expanded tremendously to include: health and illness, medical ethics, Complementary and Alternative Medicine, boundary work, biopolitics, phenomenology, the body and ethnography. Dori received an MA in Socio-Cultural Anthropology and a PhD in Medical Anthropology at Durham University. Her PhD research involves Complementary and Alternative Medicine, with an emphasis on the ethnographic study of Reiki practice within Britain and the intersection between spiritual practice and well-being. In addition to her CMH work and PhD research, she has had the privilege of being a teaching assistant for several groups in the Anthropology Department and an RA for the Centre for Engaging Science and Society (CHESS) in the Durham Philosophy Department.

Contact Details

Centre for Medical Humanities
Caedmon Building
Leazes Road

Tel: +44 (0)191 33 48277