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Science, Politics and the Internet: Challenges for Research into Contested Illness - Michael Sharpe

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by MeSci, Jun 26, 2018.

  1. MeSci

    MeSci Senior Member (Voting Rights)

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    I found some other pieces about 'Special Ethics' in relation to
    Michael Sharpe but they were earlier than this one.

    St Cross Special Ethics Seminar with Michael Sharpe

    Thursday, June 1, 2017

    Event type:
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    Date: Thursday 1 June, 17:30 – 19:00

    Venue: The Lecture Theatre, St Cross College, St Giles, Oxford

    Title: Science, Politics and the Internet: Challenges for Research into Contested Illness

    Abstract: Some areas of scholarship are politicised. That is, organised groups of people have developed strong views for or against certain fields of research and certain findings arising from these.

    Whilst we may generally regard openness, interconnectedness and the patient voice the internet offers as a good thing, it also present a major challenge for researchers in ‘contested fields’. The use of such co-ordinated pressure group action against science was prominently seen in the field of climate change research but is now emerging in other areas.

    Chronic fatigue syndrome or myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME for short) is one of these. The particular issue is the role of psychiatric or psychological approaches in the treatment of such patients. Protest against this form of enquiry has been present for decades. However, the increasing use of social media and blogs have co-ordinated and expanded the protest to an international one. It also provides the tool for the coordinated harassment of researchers by email, the issuing of repeated and co-ordinated freedom of information requests and the publication of comment on numerous blogs.

    The implications of these internet-enabled protests for the future of science will be explored.

    Speaker: Michael Sharpe is Professor of Psychological Medicine at the University of Oxford, consultant psychiatrist and Fellow of St Cross College. After initially studying Experimental Psychology in Oxford he trained in Medicine and then in Psychiatry in London, Cambridge and Oxford. His research has focussed on how best to integrate psychiatric and medical care for people with chronic medical illnesses, especially cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome. Professor Sharpe was the UK Royal College of Psychiatrists “Psychiatric Academic of the Year” in 2009 and ‘Psychiatrist of the year’ in 2014. He received the Don R Lipsett award for achievement in integrated care from the American Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine in 2015 and the Alison Creed award from the European Association of Psychosomatic Medicine (EAPM) in 2016.

    Booking: INTERNAL. This event is open to members of Oxford University only. Email rachel.gaminiratne@philosophy.ox.ac.uk to reserve a place.

    from https://www.stx.ox.ac.uk/current-members/events/2773

    See later message - this is a year old!
     
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    It would have been interesting to hear him opine on the political aspects of the illness.

    He might have shed light on those letters from Wessely and White to Aylward in 1993. That conference he attended with Aylward and LoCascio would be worth discussing. Then he might have touched upon the background to the DWP (EDIT part) funding Pace, before concluding the section of his talk with details of exactly what was the nature of the voluntary and/or paid work on behalf of the government disclosed as representing a conflict of interest.
     
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  4. MeSci

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    Just been notified - and noticed - that this was in 2017!
     
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    So does he consider cancer a "Contested Illness"? :rolleyes:
     
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    The BPS brigade is engaged in a contest to grab as much territory as possible from as many illnesses as possible, so for them illness iteself is a "contested field".
     

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