The Twelfth Cambridge Wellcome Lecture in the History of Medicine was given by Professor Alexandra Minna Stern (University of Michigan) on 24 November 2016.
As Parliament debates the hormonal pregnancy test Primodos and its alleged links to birth defects, Jesse Olszynko-Gryn places the drug in the history of pregnancy testing and asks why the British government took so long to ban it.
A two-day conference bringing together historians, demographers and other social scientists from France and Britain working in the field of reproductive politics was held in September 2016.
Leah Astbury will be staying in Cambridge this academic year as a Society for Renaissance Studies Postdoctoral Fellow with matching funding from the Isaac Newton Trust.
Cambridge historians of medicine and biology are using a Wellcome strategic award to take a concerted approach to the history of reproduction. The cross-disciplinary group of researchers will offer fresh perspectives on issues ranging from ancient fertility rites to IVF. Building on a lively field of historical investigation, this will provide a fresh basis for policy and public debate.