Dr Annamaria Carusi
Reader in Medical Humanities, Honorary Reader in Philosophy & Co-Director Medical Humanities Sheffield
Department of Infection, Immunity & Cardiovascular Disease
University of Sheffield
Beech Hill Road
Tel: +44 (0)114 215 9517
Fax: +44 (0)114 271 1863
Contact details in the Philosophy Department:
Department of Philosophy
45 Victoria Street
I work on philosophical and social aspects of biosciences and medical sciences, in particular on how technologies for conducting scientific research mediate knowledge.
I have a broad humanities background, with a Comparative Literature MA, and a PhD in Philosophy, with a dissertation on embodiment in Kant and Merleau-Ponty. I started my academic career at the University of South Africa, in the Department of Literary Theory, where I taught critical theory. On moving to the UK, I slowly shifted more closely to science and technology studies. This may seem far from my original starting point, but there is a continuous strand throughout my research: that is my interest in meaning, knowledge and representation in the arts and sciences. My research combines theoretical and conceptual analysis with qualitative empirical methods.
I have published widely on computational approaches to the biosciences, particularly modeling, simulation and visualisation in systems biology and computational medicine; personalised medicine and data-intensive approaches; as well as on imaging in clinical contexts, digital media and issues relating to expertise and cross-disciplinarity.
My current research mainly focuses on two areas:
- I am PI of the Wellcome Seed Award ‘Artificial Intelligence in the Clinic’. This project aims to research the social factors that are involved in developing and implementing multiple AI applications in one clinical unit, the Pulmonary Vascular Diseases Unit of the Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. It is a collaboration with clinicians, biomedical researchers, and engineers.
- Extending my previous Wellcome Seed Award ‘Crowsourcing for Health’, I am continuing research into current shifts in toxicology and the general understanding of chemicals as they affect human health and the environment. Toxicology in the 21st century combines the informational and computational technologies of post-genomic biosciences, and the use of digital social media, and brings together many lines of my previous research.
- I am collaborating on a project to explore the concept of medical explanation in medically unexplained symptoms from a philosophical perspective.
I teach the Philosophy of Medicine module.
The Medicine in Society MA begins in Autumn 2019.
I am supervising and co-supervising students in a number of different topics:
I am co-promoter of these international PhD projects:
I am interested in supervising students working in philosophy of medicine, philosophy of technology as applied to biosciences, biomedical sciences, toxicology and policy, medical science and technology studies.
I am currently developing research projects on:
- philosophical, cultural and social aspects of personalised medicine.
- comparing computational and animals models in biomedical sciences.
- developing educational and training resources to deploy the humanities in interdisciplinary science.
For key publications see below. For a full list of publications click here.
- Carusi A, Davies MR, De Grandis G, Escher BI, Hodges G, Leung KMY, Whelan M, Willett C & Ankley GT (2018) Harvesting the promise of AOPs: An assessment and recommendations. Science of the Total Environment, 628-629, 1542-1556. View this article in WRRO
- Carusi A, Rodriguez B & Burrage K (2017) Validation and models in computational biomedical sciences: Philosophy, science, engineering. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, 129, 1-2. View this article in WRRO
- Hoel AS & Carusi A (2017) Merleau-Ponty and the Measuring Body. Theory, Culture and Society, 35(1), 45-70. View this article in WRRO
- van Baalen S, Carusi A, Sabroe I & Kiely DG (2016) A social-technological epistemology of clinical decision-making as mediated by imaging.. J Eval Clin Pract. View this article in WRRO
- Carusi A (2016) In Silico medicine: Social, Technological and Symbolic Mediation. Humana-Mente Journal of Philosophical Studies, 30, 67-86. View this article in WRRO
- Muszkiewicz A, Britton OJ, Gemmell P, Passini E, Sánchez C, Zhou X, Carusi A, Quinn TA, Burrage K, Bueno-Orovio A & Rodriguez B (2016) Variability in cardiac electrophysiology: Using experimentally-calibrated populations of models to move beyond the single virtual physiological human paradigm. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology, 120(1-3), 115-127. View this article in WRRO
- Carusi A (2014) Validation and variability: Dual challenges on the path from systems biology to systems medicine. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 48, 28-37.
- Carusi A (2014) Personalised medicine: Visions and visualisations. Tecnoscienza : Italian Journal of Science & Technology Studies, 1(5).
- Carusi A, Burrage K & Rodríguez B (2012) Bridging experiments, models and simulations: an integrative approach to validation in computational cardiac electrophysiology. American Journal of Physiology-Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 303(2), H144-H155.
- Carusi A (2012) Making the Visual Visible in Philosophy of Science. Spontaneous Generations : Journal for the History and Philosophy of Science, 6(1).
- Carusi A (2011) Computational Biology and the Limits of Shared Vision. Perspectives on Science, 19(3), 300-336.
- Darch P & Carusi A (2010) Retaining volunteers in volunteer computing projects. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences, 368(1926), 4177-4192.
- Carusi A & Jirotka M (2009) From data archive to ethical labyrinth. Qualitative Research, 9(3), 285-298.
- Carusi A (2009) Philosophy Engines: Technology and Reading / Writing / Thinking Philosophy. Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies, 8.
- Carusi A (2009) Implicit Trust in the Space of Reasons and Implications for Technology Design: A Response to Justine Pila. Social Epistemology, 23(1), 25-43.
- Carusi A (2008) Scientific visualisations and aesthetic grounds for trust. Ethics and Information Technology, 10(4), 243-254.
- Carusi A (2016) Enactments of Systems Biology In Green S (Ed.), Philosophy of Systems Biology Perspectives from Scientists and Philosophers (pp. 59-67). Springer View this article in WRRO
- Carusi A (2016) Modelling systems biomedicine: Intertwinement and the ‘Real’ In Whitehead A & Woods A (Ed.), The Edinburgh Companion to the Critical Medical Humanities Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. View this article in WRRO
- Carusi A & Hoel AS (2015) Thinking Technology with Merleau-Ponty, Post-phenomenological Investigations: Essays on Human-Technology Relations Lexington Books
- Carusi A & Hoel AS (2014) Brains, Windows and Coordinate Systems In Carusi A, Hoel AS, Webmoor T & Woolgar S (Ed.), Visualisation in the Age of Computerisation London and New York: Routledge.
- Carusi A, Rodriguez B & Burrage K (2013) Model Systems in Computational Systems Biology In Duran J & Arnold E (Ed.), Computer Simulations and the Changing Face of Scientific Experimentation Cambridge Scholars Publishing View this article in WRRO
- Carusi A & Hoel AS (2013) Towards a New Ontology of Scientific Vision In Coopman C, Vertesi J, Lynch M & Woolgar S (Ed.), New Representations in Scientific Practice Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
- Carusi A (2012) From data archives to ethical labyrinths In Dicks B (Ed.), Qualitative Digital Social Research Methods Sage Publications
- Carusi A & Jirotka M (2010) Reshaping research collaboration: The case of virtual research environments, World Wide Research: Reshaping the Sciences and Humanities (pp. 277-294).
Conference proceedings papers
- De Waard A, Shum SB, Carusi A, Park J, Samwald M & Sándor A (2009) Hypotheses, evidence and relationships: The HypER approach for representing scientific knowledge claims. CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol. 523
- Carusi A, Darch P, Lloyd S, Jirotka M, de la Flor G, Schroeder R & Meyer E (2010) Shared Understandings in e-Science Projects
- Carusi A & Reimer T (2010) VRE Collaborative Landscape Study