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Two UCL academics shortlisted for Health Humanities Medal

10 August 2018

Professor Helen Chatterjee and Dr Daisy Fancourt have been shortlisted for a prestigious Health Humanities Medal which celebrates good health and wellbeing through arts and humanities research.

Professor Chatterjee and Dr Fancourt

The medal which is handed out by The Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), in association with the Wellcome Trust, honours people and projects which are helping to inform and transform the quality of life, health and wellbeing of the population using arts and humanities research.

Professor Helen Chatterjee has been nominated for two of the five categories: Best Research Award and the Leadership Award. Professor Chatterjee's museological research investigates the value of cultural encounters to health, wellbeing and education. Helen has published numerous journal articles in this area and three books.

In 2015 Professor Chatterjee established the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing (funded by Arts Council England). She also sits on the Executive Committee of International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Section on Small Apes.

Dr Daisy Fancourt has been nominated for the Best Doctoral or Early Career Research Award. Her research focuses on the effects of arts participation on neuroendocrine and immune response, the use of the arts within clinical settings, and the impact of cultural engagement at a population level.

Dr Fancourt has worked for over 7 years in the NHS, including at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital managing arts and clinical innovations programmes. She is a Wellcome Research Fellow in the Institute of Epidemiology, a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health and the Deputy Chair of their Special Interest Group on Arts and Health. She also established and chairs the International Arts Health Early Career Research Network.

The winners will be announced on 11 September during a special awards ceremony being held at the House of Commons.