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    Ian Whitmarsh, PhD

    TitleAssociate Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    DepartmentAnthro, History, Social Med
    Address3333 California Street
    San Francisco CA 94104
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      Director of the Medical Anthropology Ph.D. Program.
      My research explores tensions in the uses of biomedical categories between researchers, medical practitioners, government officials, and patient communities. This work has been on the significance of multinational genomics research on race and disease; ambiguities of asthma; and links between diabetes and violence. My research is primarily conducted in the Caribbean, particularly Barbados and Trinidad and Tobago. I have carried out ethnographic research following a US-based asthma genetics study conducted in Barbados, exploring how the study is creating new regimes of care, state interventions, and unexpected biomedical diagnostics. I have also conducted research on diabetes in Trinidad, exploring the interaction of neighborhood violence, Americanization, and blood sugar. In collaboration with researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, I have also explored the significance of ambiguity in genetic discourses through research with families of children diagnosed with either Fragile X, Klinefelter, or Turner syndromes in North Carolina.

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      1. Whitmarsh I, Roberts EF. Nonsecular Medical Anthropology. Med Anthropol. 2016 May-Jun; 35(3):203-8. PMID: 26652795.
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      2. Whitmarsh I. . The No/Name of the Institution. Anthropological Quarterly. 2014; 3(87):855-881.
      3. Adams V, Burke NJ, Whitmarsh I. Slow research: thoughts for a movement in global health. Med Anthropol. 2014; 33(3):179-97. PMID: 24761973.
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      4. Whitmarsh I. Troubling "environments": postgenomics, Bajan wheezing, and Lévi-Strauss. Med Anthropol Q. 2013 Dec; 27(4):489-509. PMID: 24285248.
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      5. Whitmarsh I. . The Ascetic Subject of Compliance: The Turn to Chronic Diseases in Global Health. In When People Come First: Critical Studies in Global Health, Joao Biehl and Adriana Petryna, eds. Princeton: Princeton University Press. (302-324). 2013.
      6. Whitmarsh, I. . American Genomics in Barbados: Race, Illness, and Pleasure in the Science of Personalized Medicine. Body and SocietyAmerican Genomics in Barbados: Race, Illness, and Pleasure in the Science of Personalized Medicine. 2011; 17(2-3):159-182.
      7. Whitmarsh I. Asthma and the value of contradictions. Lancet. 2010 Sep 4; 376(9743):764-5. PMID: 20827816.
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      8. Whitmarsh, I. and D.S. Jones, eds . . What's the Use of Race?: Modern Governance and the Biology of Difference. 2010.
      9. Whitmarsh I. Hyperdiagnostics: postcolonial utopics of race-based biomedicine. Med Anthropol. 2009 Jul; 28(3):285-315. PMID: 20182966.
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      10. Whitmarsh, I. . . Medical Schismogenics: Compliance and Culture in Caribbean Biomedicine. 2009.
      11. Bailey DB, Skinner D, Davis AM, Whitmarsh I, Powell C. Ethical, legal, and social concerns about expanded newborn screening: fragile X syndrome as a prototype for emerging issues. Pediatrics. 2008 Mar; 121(3):e693-704. PMID: 18310190.
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      12. Whitmarsh, I. . American Ethnologist. Biomedical Ambivalence: Asthma Diagnosis, the Pharmaceutical, and other Contradictions in Barbados. 2008; 35(1):49-63.
      13. Whitmarsh, I. . Biomedical Ambiguity: Race, Asthma, and the Contested Meaning of Genetic Research in the Caribbean. 2008.
      14. Whitmarsh I, Davis AM, Skinner D, Bailey DB. A place for genetic uncertainty: parents valuing an unknown in the meaning of disease. Soc Sci Med. 2007 Sep; 65(6):1082-93. PMID: 17561324; PMCID: PMC2267724.
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