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Dr Catherine Heeney

Research Fellow, Making Genomic Medicine

0131 650 6388

Science Technology and Innovation Studies (STIS)
School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh
2.08 Old Surgeons’ Hall, High School Yards
Edinburgh UK EH1 1LZ

From January 2014 Catherine has been working on the Risk strand of the Wellcome Trust funded project Making Genomic Medicine, headed by Steve Sturdy. The focus of the work is to understand how risk is related to historical developments leading up to and following from the mapping and sequencing of the human genome. Of particular interest is the relationship between risk and the changing understandings of what the gene is and can do, understandings shaped by interaction with various configurations of social and technical factors.

From autumn 2010 until the end of 2013 Catherine was working as researcher based at the Spanish National Research Centre in Madrid in the Department of Science, Technology and Gender at the Institute of Philosophy. This research focussed on a biomedical research network engaged in the translation of basic genomic science to clinical applications for a common complex disease.

Previously she has worked at the Ethox centre within the Department of Public Health at the University of Oxford on an EU FP7 project looking at the ethical and social issues around the development and implementation of micro array technology into the clinic and a Wellcome Trust funded project exploring the governance of genetic databases in the UK.

Catherine is interested in the flow and use of data in genomic and statistical research both from a sociological and ethics perspective.

Current research