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“One of the things I would say to a young scientist coming through, with whatever learned society, is always challenge the dogma.”1

  1. Tansey E M (intvr); Yabsley A (prod) (2016) Blackburn, Tom: 04 - The British Pharmacological Society (BPS) (22-Feb-2016). History of Modern Biomedicine Interviews (Digital Collection), item e2016050. London: Queen Mary University of London.

QMRO holds more than just text!

The repository also has a growing number of multimedia files including podcasts, posters, audio and video.

One important resource is our digital collection of History of Modern Biomedicine Interviews. These interviews are the output of the History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group. Supported by the Wellcome Trust, the group studies the history of recent biomedicine principally by employing oral history methodology.

The collection contains transcripts, audio and video interviews with contemporary scientists. The interviews feature many key figures from the biomedical sciences reflecting on their careers and sharing their thoughts on a range of biomedical topics.

All physical research material produced by the Group is deposited in Archives and Manuscripts, Wellcome Library. Committed to Open Access, the Group’s Multimedia Manager, Mr Alan Yabsley, has worked with Internet Archive to ensure that material will also be preserved as part of Medical Heritage Library. However, ensuring material is available ‘online’ is only half the story. It also has to be accessible via permanent, reliable links in a secure institutional repository.

To this end, the History of Modern Biomedicine Interviews (Digital Collection) was launched, hosted by QMRO. This digital collection compiles the interviews generated by the Group, and is curated by Professor Tilli Tansey OBE (Director of the Group), Mr Adam Wilkinson, Mr Alan Yabsley and Dr Apostolos Zarros. The material in it has been linked to Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) and is citable.

In this way they hope to create and preserve resources for medical historians of generations yet to come. 

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