Dr Viviane Quirke


History of science, technology and medicine in Britain, France and the USA in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with a special focus on the history of biomedicine, drug therapies and the pharmaceutical industry.

Her current research areas are:

  • The history of pharmaceutical R&D, focusing on the history of drug treatments for chronic diseases and the impact of drug safety regulation.
  • The history of cancer chemotherapy, from the perspective of the patients who have experienced it as well as the scientists and clinicians responsible for its development.
  • The material culture of biomedicine, from bench, to bedside, and public engagement.

Dr Quirke was a co-applicant on a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award on 'Healthcare in Public and Private' (2007-2012), and was co-investigator on a Wellcome Trust Programme Grant on 'Subjects' Narratives of Medical Research in Europe' (09568/Z/11/A). More recently she was awarded a grant from the Scientific Instrument Society for a study entitled: 'From Pharmaceutical Innovation to Public Engagement: Stephen Carter and the Micrarium in Buxton'. 

In the Media


Panel member for a discussion on drug innovation, access, and stewardship at the Oxford Martin School in November 2019 in connection with the WHO’s antibiotic awareness week: https://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/events/antibiotics-panel/


‘The Medical Sciences Video Archive’ (introductory talk for the launch of the MSVA, Oxford Brookes Special Collections, 23 January 2018; blog: http://brookes-culturalthinking.blogspot.com/2018/03/medical-science-in-archive-msva.html)