Date of release: Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Body TalkThe human body, healthcare, illness and emotions are just some of the topics to be discussed by experts during a major international conference at the University of Greenwich next month.

Body Talk, taking place between Wednesday 6 and Friday 8 July, will provide a forum for medical, health and science professionals from around the world to share knowledge, ideas and best practices. A series of talks and workshops will address a range of issues, from relationships between patients and doctors to different ways of communicating about healthcare.

Hosted by the university's Faculty of Education & Health, Body Talk is the Association for Medical Humanities' annual conference, and is supported by the Wellcome Trust.

Dr Jennifer Patterson, Senior Lecturer within the faculty, says: "This is all about putting the human back into medicine, and about bringing the personal into health and care. We are finding different ways of knowing and listening to human aspects of illness and healthcare that are really starting to make a difference, changing how we can work with health and illness.

"Experts are finding out more and more about how the chemistry of our brain affects the chemistry of our bodies. As we are now living longer, we need to understand more about illness, but we also need to understand more about being healthy and happy, about living and dying well. I am really excited about the student work in this field, too, as these are the doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals of tomorrow."

Professor Rita Charon, a physician, best-selling author and Executive Director of the Program in Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, will be speaking on the topic of Living In a Body: Mortality, Intersubjectivity and Creativity.

Other key speakers include Professor Gregory Sporton, from the University of Greenwich, discussing Digital Body: Is Resistance Futile?; Professor Lisa Blackman, of Goldsmiths College, on Body Politics and Theory; and Dr Satendra Singh, University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi, on the subject of disability and body image.

Dr Deepa Apté, a gastroenterologist who runs an Ayurvedic practice and academy in Greenwich, is also speaking.

Dr Patterson's current research project, Listening to Patients, explores patient experiences. An anonymous survey, which asks people to share their stories about healthcare and illness, can be accessed here:

The event includes the first Association for Medical Humanities student conference, which includes a series of health and medical masterclasses.

There are also two exhibitions running at the same time as Body Talk. Translations, open to the public between Wednesday 6 and Thursday 14 July in the university's Heritage Gallery, located at the Greenwich Campus. It features the work of artists Deborah Padfield and Caz Greenwood and explores chronic pain and self-image. A second exhibition, in the university's award-winning Stockwell Street building, is curated by Body Data Space.

For more on the event, including a full list of events, speakers and booking details:

Twitter: @BodyTalk2016


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