Professor Jon Williamson has won an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) award for new research on evaluating evidence in medicine.
Professor Williamson, from the Department of Philosophy, is Principal Investigator of the research project which aims to improve the way that evidence is evaluated in medical research and health policy by developing work in philosophy.
The project, led by the Centre for Reasoning at Kent, also involves researchers at University College London (UCL), the University of Amsterdam, the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence and the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
The AHRC project seeks to improve our understanding of the way in which evidence of mechanisms can aid causal discovery in medicine, with a view to improving guidelines provided by evidence-based medicine. The project also aims to broaden the scope of the medical humanities to include medical methodology as a core topic, enabling productive interactions between researchers in history and philosophy of medicine and those working in medicine and public health.