Ian Whitmarsh, PhD
|School||UCSF School of Medicine|
|Department||Anthro, History, Social Med|
|Address||3333 California Street|
San Francisco CA 94104
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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