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Welcome to the Medical Humanities Network

Welcome to the Glasgow University Medical Humanities Network, supported by the Wellcome Trust. The medical humanities complement, contextualise and critique purely biomedical, technological or other reductive accounts of what it means to experience illness, encounter disease or transact a therapeutic relationship. In addressing how we comprehend health, sickness, disease and “the embodied life”, such concerns are examined from a range of professional and patient perspectives. This website is intended to act as a forum to connect individuals working across a range of disciplines and practices at the University of Glasgow, who are interested in the intersections of medicine, culture, and the arts and humanities. Megan Coyer & Hannah Tweed

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Project: Understanding the Impact of Climate Change on Human Health

Understanding the Impact of Climate Change on Human Health

Climate change has been identified as one of the biggest challenges facing humankind. It is predicted to impact not only on global temperature but also atmospheric moisture, precipitation and atmospheric circulation. These in turn will impact the hydrological cycle, especially the character of precipitation (such as location, frequency intensity, duration), and extreme events, including floods and droughts, therefore directly impacting human society.

This inter-disciplinary research project will combine fluvial geomorphology, spatial epidemiology, remote sensing and environmental modelling, based within a geographic information system (GIS) framework, to develop a geospatial tool to predict disease outbreak in Tanzania. In turn this will provide timely warnings of epidemics due to an improved understanding of possible causal factors, and an increased ability to identify high risk populations, enabling the concentration of limited resources at 'hotspot' locations and assisting in hazard reduction by raising community awareness or risks involved.