Medicine and humanities join forces for Wellcome-funded breathlessness project
26 November 2014
Professor Havi Carel in the Department of Philosophy has received a joint senior investigator award worth £1.5 million from the Wellcome Trust for a cross-disciplinary project on breathing and breathlessness.
Life of Breath, a collaborative project between Professor Carel and Professor Jane Macnaughton at Durham University, combines clinical and cultural approaches to breathlessness, and to its ‘non-pathological’ counterpart, breathing. The project’s primary clinical focus is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, one of the leading causes of death worldwide.
The project has two main phases: studying breathlessness from a variety of medical humanities perspectives; and using the outcomes to inform and improve clinical practice.