Scientific and Technical Advisors

The Scientific Advisory Group consists of scientists with international experience and a variety of backgrounds in research and policy in public health and the biological, behavioural and/or social sciences. Each scientist advises on the development of the Tuke Institute’s scientific portfolio and participates in various research projects, in tandem with partner-organisations.

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Professor Richard Ashcroft


Professor Richard Ashcroft teaches medical law and ethics at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in the Department of Law at Queen Mary, University of London. Previously, he was Professor of Biomedical Ethics in the School of Medicine and Dentistry, and before that he worked at Imperial College London, Bristol University and Liverpool University. He is Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Incentives in Health, funded by the Wellcome Trust, with partners at Kings College London and the London School of Economics.  He is also working on the role of human rights theory, law and practice in bioethics policy, and on ethical challenges in public health.  He has a longstanding interest in biomedical research ethics.


He trained in History and Philosophy of Science at Cambridge University, completing a PhD thesis on ethics in scientific research, and subsequently was a Research Fellow in Philosophy at Liverpool University, Lecturer in Ethics in Medicine at Bristol University, and Lecturer (eventually Reader and Head of the Ethics Unit) at Imperial College London.  In 2005 he held an Australian Bicentennial Fellowship, visiting the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the University of Melbourne. He is an honorary research fellow at the Centre for Ethics in Medicine, Bristol University and a fellow of the ETHOX Centre, Oxford University.


He is a Deputy Editor of the Journal of Medical Ethics, and serves on the editorial boards of a number of other journals, including Bioethics, Developing World Bioethics, Biosocieties, Health Care Analysis and Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. He is a member of the Ethics and Policy Advisory Committee of the Medical Research Council, Director of the Appointing Authority for Phase I Ethics Committees and a member of the Royal College of Physicians working party on tobacco.


Professor Roger Cooter


Roger Cooter joined the UCL Centre for the History of Medicine in October 2002 as a Wellcome Professorial Fellow. He specialises in the social history of ideas in science and medicine, 18th to the 20th century. He has published on the history and historiography of alternative medicine, medical ethics, medical politics, the popularisation of science, phrenology, orthopaedics, child health, accidents, war and medicine, food-safety research, death, and disability. Co-editor and contributer to Medicine in the Twentieth Century (2000), he is currently working on the history of the historiography of medicine and the body; an Anglo–American history of medical ethics; and a history of biopolitics and visualization strategies in Germany and Britain, c.1880–1940. He is the co-editor of Medical History.


Mr. Charles Gentry

Charles Gentry is an American IT-specialist with over 30 years in development and design. He has worked for a number of large businesses including Pacific Bell Telephone, Lucent Technologies and the US Federal Reserve Bank. He has specialised in data communications and networked systems. He has written key systems that have supported E911 and robotic communications. His previous positions have been Senior Analyst at Lucent Technologies and Pacific Bell and IT Development Manager at AAM.



Professor Emeritus Max Heirich


Max Heirich is Professor and Research Scientist Emeritus at the University of Michigan and director of the Worker Health Program at the University’s Institute for Research on Labor, Employment and the Economy. He has been a consultant on medical policy to committees of the U.S. Senate, the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, the Michigan State Senate, Merck Pharmaceutical Company, the United Auto Workers, Ford, General Motors, and the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Professor Heirich co-founded the University of Michigan’s Health Policy Forum, and was the first chair of the Advisory Board for the University of Michigan Medical School’s Center for Integrated Medicine.Professor Heirich has had research grants from the National Institutes of Health’s Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the Public Health system’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention. He coauthored an NIH-sponsored manual, a research-based, step-by-step guide for doing worksite cardiovascular wellness programs, and later chaired a working group of nineteen national organizations that drew up recommended guidelines for worksite health-promotion. The Worker Health Program’s Wellness Outreach at Work program has been designated a Model Program by the U.S.Public Health Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.He is the author of several books, including “Rethinking Health Care: Innovation and change in America” (1998) and “Health Care Policy: Understanding our options” (1998), co-edited with Marilynn Rosenthal, and numerous articles, including “Worksite Cardiovascular Programs as a Route to Substance Abuse Prevention,” co-authored with Cynthia Sieck, Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, January, 2000 pp 47-56. For more than twenty years, he has been designing and introducing various kinds of worksite wellness-programs and evaluating their effectiveness.


Dr Dana Rosenfeld
Dana Rosenfeld (Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Keele University) received her PhD in Sociology from the University of California-Los Angeles in 1999, and then spent 2 years as a National Institute of Mental Health Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Kentucky Medical School. Before joining Keele in 2005, she was Lecturer in Medical Sociology at Royal Holloway-University of London.


A medical sociologist and social gerontologist, Dr. Rosenfeld’s interests lie in capturing people’s lived experiences in social context and over time, with a particular focus on chronic illness, disability and ageing, gender and sexuality, and self and identity. She was lead editor of a volume entitled Medicalized Masculinities, the first book to question and critique the recent (and growing) construction of masculinity as a health risk, and sole-authored The Changing of the Guard: Lesbian and Gay Elders, Identity, and Social Change, a monograph on lesbian and gay ageing in socio-historical context. Her current research centres on HIV and ageing; she is Principal Investigator of ‘HIV and Later Life’, a 2-year study funded by the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Cross Council programme, due to complete in October 2013, and is writing a book on the long-term impacts of gay men’s losses of friends and partners to AIDS on their social worlds and daily lives. Dr. Rosenfeld serves on the editorial boards of Social Theory and Health and the Journal of Aging Studies.


Dr Claudia Stein


Claudia Stein received her MA from the University of Bonn (1995) and her PhD from the University of Stuttgart (2000). In 2000 she joined the University of Warwick History Department as a Wellcome Trust Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the History of Medicine. In September 2003 she took up her new position as a Wellcome Lecturer; since 2009 she has been Associate Professor at the Department.She is interested in both the theoretical approaches of medical policing through which eighteenth-century governing bodies in Bavaria tried to produce the subjects best suited to fulfill their policies, as well as the emergence of new organized medical practices (mentalities, rationalities, and techniques) through which the subjects were governed and governed themselves.Although her main interest continues to be the world of early modern medicine and science, she developed a strong interest in visual culture due to her second project which takes her right into the twentieth century. Together with Roger Cooter (Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine, UCL) she is currently working on the visualisation practices of late 19th-and 20th century public health in Germany and Britain. Their particular focus in their joint monograph Biopolitics and the Politic of the Visual: German and British Projects on the ‘Century of the Eye’ is the history of the public health poster in both countries.



Professor Ursula Karl-Trummer

Professor Karl-Trummer is head of the Centre for Health and Migration at the University of the Danube at Krems, Austria. In addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Political Science, a Masters degree in Socioeconomic Sciences, a second Masters degree in Organisational Development and Counselling, she received her PhD in Social Science with a thesis on “New Paradigms and Traditional Role-Models Enabling Factors and Obstacles for/to a Patient Oriented Health Care”. From 1993 to 1996, she was a Junior Scientist at the Institute for Applied Sociology, Vienna, and 1995-96 at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, Department for Sociology and Social Anthropology.

Since 1996, she has been the General Manager of the Trummer&Novak-Zezula OEG “InVivio – Transdisciplinary Research and Development” and from 1998 to 2008, she was a researcher at the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Sociology of Health and Medicine (LBISHM), the WHO-Cooperation Center ( and, from 2000, she has been a Senior Scientist and member of the steering board there.She is a lecturer at various Universities, Independent Expert to the European Commission, DG Sanco and DG Research, Consultant for the German Ministry for Education and Science. Her main fields of research in Migration and Health, Organisational Development, Sustainable Development of Healthy Settings, and Transdisciplinary Research.


Professor James Wiley


Professor James Wiley was appointed Professor of Sociology and Director of Public Research Institute (PRI) at San Francisco State University in 2002. He is Project Director on the new Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions Grant from NIH’s National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities. His current research focuses on two topics: interconnections between social science and public health and building bridges between quantitative and qualitative methods.

From 1974 to 1980 he conducted research on life style and longevity as Research Director of the Human Population Laboratory of the California Department of Health Services. In 1980 he became Assistant Director and Research Sociologist at the Survey Research Center (SRC) of the University of California, Berkeley, where he served for 19 years as Principal Investigator on a variety of large-scale survey projects and taught graduate courses on methods of research in the Sociology Department. While at SRC he was, from 1984 until 1996, Co-Principal Investigator with Warren Winkelstein of the NIAID-funded San Francisco Men’s Health Study of the natural history and epidemiology of HIV/AIDS in homosexual and bisexual men.

In 1999, Prof. Wiley assumed the position of Vice President for Research and Evaluation at the non-profit Public Health Institute (PHI) of Berkeley. PHI specializes in research, training and action programs in public health.