Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Wageningen University's Science Shop study for SailWise - Disability and accessible outdoor leisure and tourism

People with disabilities face specific challenges to accessing and participating in outdoor leisure and tourism activities. However, societies throughout the world are starting to recognise the importance of creating not only equal opportunities for access and participation but also opportunities specifically catering to the needs, concerns and interests of people with disabilities. For over 40 years, the Dutch non-profit organisation, SailWise, for example, has offered people with physical, sensory or cognitive disabilities the opportunity to engage in sailing activities in the Netherlands. Its goal is to help people with a diverse range of disabilities engage in outdoor sports and leisure activities, giving them the opportunity to have fun which challenging themselves physically and mentally in a safe, social and relaxed setting that is both financially and physically accessible to participants and their families. 

SailWise has approached Wageningen University’s Science Shop for assistance with i) optimising supply and demand for the outdoor activities it offers, ii) sustaining and improving the organisation’s operations and iii) improving its communication with prospective participants, volunteers, sponsors and other practitioners in the rapidly developing ‘accessible tourism’ sector. The project, led by Dr Francien de Jonge for Wageningen University’s Science Shop, will run until late 2016 and is comprised of several smaller projects. Two small projects have been completed by MSc and BSc students in June 2015, and there will be additional MSc thesis opportunities for interested students in 2016 (see below).

MSc supervision opportunities
Dr Meghann Ormond (GEO) and Dr Lenneke Vaandrager (HSO) contribute to the Sail Wise Science Shop project, and they are looking for MSc thesis students who would like to contribute to this project starting in February 2016. Students would be co-supervised by Dr Ormond and Dr Vaandrager. We are looking for 2 students, one MLE student and one MCS (Health and Society) student who are encouraged to get involved in this project in order to help shed light on issues like: i) why certain populations may or may not be interested joining a SailWise excursion, ii) who SailWise is currently targeting as prospective participants and who they might be missing out on, iii) what are participants’ expectations and experiences prior to, during and after their excursions, and iv) how best these expectations and experiences can be translated into improved practices within Sail Wise and communicated to a wider range of audiences. These two students will closely work together, but will have their own specific research (based on their own interests). For further details, contact meghann.ormond (at) wur.nl or lenneke.vaandrager (at) wur.nl

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Saturday, 13 June 2015

CFP: Theorizing the Body in Health and Medicine, November 26-27, 2015 - Maastricht University, NL

Theorizing the Body in Health and Medicine
An international and interdisciplinary workshop

November 26-27, 2015 - Maastricht University

For most health and medical professionals “the body” functions as a taken for granted entry point for analyzing, imaging, screening, diagnosing, curing, caring, nursing, training, and feeding people. It is also often considered as different from, and even opposed to, “the psyche” which results in sharp distinctions between somatic and mental illnesses. This biomedical idea of the body and its alleged mental counterpart has been put into question by both social constructivist oriented theories and phenomenological oriented theories. Where the first underline that the meaning of the body is intrinsically related to cultural, social and economic context, and to power relations within the health care system,  the latter explain in what sense people’s lived body experiences diverge from medical conceptions of soma and psyche. While these two theoretical approaches are both crucial for reflecting on the meaning of the body in health and medicine, they are often seen as opposing and even mutually exclusive. The aim of this workshop is to explore the meaning of the body at the intersection of these two approaches. To this purpose we will discuss topical issues in contemporary health and medicine and examine how social and cultural contexts are decisive for the labeling of bodies in terms of being healthy, sick, disabled or enhanced, while simultaneously taking seriously the individual, material, and experienced body of patients and health seekers.
More information and call for papers: http://www.mindthebody.eu/?page_id=977
Closing date: 15 July 2015

Thursday, 11 June 2015

New book: Bodies Across Borders: The Global Circulation of Body Parts, Medical Tourists and Professionals

Bodies Across Borders: The Global Circulation of Body Parts, Medical Tourists and Professionals

2015. Edited by Bronwyn Parry, King's College London, UK, Beth Greenhough, University of Oxford, UK, and Tim Brown and Isabel Dyck, both at Queen Mary University of London, UK

Available at: http://www.ashgate.com/isbn/9781409457183 

Historically organised at a local or national scale, the fields of medicine and healthcare are being radically transformed by new communication, transport and biotechnologies creating, in the process, a genuinely globalised sphere of biomedical production and consumption. This emerging market is characterised by the circulation of bodily materials (tissues, organs and bio-information), patients and expertise across what traditionally have been relatively secure ontological and geographical borders. Crossing both disciplinary and geographical boundaries, this volume draws together a number of important contributions from acknowledged leaders in three respective fields: the trade in bodily commodities, biomedical tourism and migration of health care professionals. It explores and maps out the key characteristics of this emerging, although as yet poorly researched global trade, questioning how, where and why bodies cross borders, whether this exacerbates existing health inequalities and how these circulations impact on healthcare services. Considered together, the chapters in this volume invite comparisons of the ways in which body parts, patients and medical professionals cross national borders, elucidating common themes, concerns and issues. Contributors also pose important questions about the ethical and legal implications of the circulation of bodies across borders and evaluate current and future strategies for regulation.

Preface; Introduction, Bronwyn Parry, Beth Greenhough, Tim Brown and Isabel Dyck.

Part I Corporeal Circulations: Biobanking across borders, Ruth Chadwick and Alan O’Connor; Masculinity under the knife: Filipino men, trafficking and the black organ market in Manila, the Philippines, Sallie Yea; A bull market? Devices of qualification and singularisation in the international marketing of US sperm, Bronwyn Parry.

Part II Transnational Bio-Medical Tourism: Transnational health care: global markets and local marginalisation in medical tourism, John Connell; Bioethics, transnational health care and the global marketplace in health services, Leigh Turner; Risks and challenges for patients crossing borders for infertility treatment, Wannes Van Hoof and Guido Pennings.

Part III Migrating Medical Expertise: ‘Real nursing work’ versus ‘charting and sweet talking’: the challenges of incorporation into US urban health care settings for Indian immigrant nurses, Sheba George; Nurses across borders: the international migration of health professionals, Stephen Bach.

 Part IV Regulating Bodies across Borders: Medical tourism for services legal in the home and destination country: legal and ethical issues, Glenn Cohen; Race to the bottom or race to the top? Governing medical tourism in a globalised world, Ingrid Schneider; Dislodging the direct-to-consumer marketing of stem cell-based interventions from medical tourism, Tamra Lysaght and Douglas Sipp. Index.

 ‘Detailing a new double movement of 21st century globalization, this compelling collection of essays underlines that disembedded market forces have far from disembodied or flattening outcomes on the ground. Instead, from global trade in organs and sperm, to the cross-border movements of medical tourists and healthworkers, we are introduced to worlds of extraordinarily uneven and unequal embodiments of global interdependency - embodiments across borders which, as the contributors explore with care, have vitally important implications for the global body politic.’
Matt Sparke, University of Washington, USA

‘This timely and fascinating collection explores a rich diversity of cultural, economic and legal practices, vividly demonstrating the intense translational flows of biomedical objects, practitioners and clientele which form part of contemporary biomedicine and their important implications for how we navigate the boundaries between ourselves and our nations.’
Anne Kerr, University of Leeds, UK

Monday, 8 June 2015

New book: New Cannibal Markets: Globalization and Commodification of the Human Body

New Cannibal Markets: Globalization and Commodification of the Human Body, Paris: Editions Maison des Sciences de l’Homme.

2015. Edited by J.D. Rainhorn and S. El Boudamoussi
* The commodification of the human body: a cannibal market? Jean-Daniel Rainhorn
Chapter 1: Trading in the human body: historical, ethical, and religious perspectives
* (…). Barras Vincent
* Rest in Pieces: A Short Genealogy of Cannibal Markets. Jean-Jacques Courtine
*The ethics of selling body parts: more than mere commodification.  Samia A. Hurst
* Religions and commodification of the human body: Some preliminary opinions. Samira El Boudamoussi
* Regulating Commodification of the Human Body: The Roles of the Professions, Governments and International Bodies. Alexander M. Capron
Chapter 2: Wombs for rent: cases studies
* Facing couple desire. René Frydman
* States of Confusion: Regulation of Surrogacy in the United States. Seema Mohapatra
* Danish Sperm and Indian Wombs. A Short History of Fertility Tourism. Elisabeth Beck-Gernsheim
* For Motherhood and for Market: Commercial Surrogacy in India. Sarojini Nadimpally
* A Womb for Rent: Within Me, But Not Mine. The Surrogacy in Israel: Vision, Policy and Reality. Etti Samama
Chapter 3: Looting of brains: impact on health, equity and ethics
* An effect of global social inequalities. Alexandre Mauron
* An Unfair Trade? Mobility and Brain Drain of Africa's health professionals. DelanyoDovlo & Sheila Mburu
* Health worker migration, health coverage and medical tourism in Southeast Asia – implications for health equity. Nicola Suyin Pocock
* Nurse Importation by Developed Nations: Global Health Consequences and Policy Considerations. Barbara L. Brush
Chapter 4: Organs for sale
* Is Transplantation Tourism a form of Market Cannibalism? Philippe Steiner
* An overview of world transplant tourism. Jacob A. Akoh
* Strategies to prevent transplant tourism: the Spanish experience in Latin America. Rafael Matesanz & Beatriz Mahillo
* Paid kidney donation: the Iran Experience. Medicine and humanity challenge. Mitra Mahdavi-Mazdeh
Chapter 5: The human product banking industry
* Introduction. Nguyen Vinh Kim
* The commercialization of human cells and tissues : In the name of Quality and Safety. Jean-Paul Pirnay
* Ethics and transfusion medicine. Jean-Daniel Tissot, Olivier Garraud, Jean-Jacques Lefrère, Jean-Claude Osselaer
* Ownership, property rights and commercialization in relation to biobanking. Bernice S. Elger
Chapter 6: Key issues for research
* The need of a holistic and multidisciplinary research. Philippe Goyens
* From colonization to neo-colonization: commodification of human body as a new form of exploitation of international inequalities. Firouzeh Nahavandi
* Commodification of the Human Body: Is It a Gender Issue? Judit Sándor
* Advancing a Human Rights Approach to Human Trafficking for Organ Removal (HTOR). Debra Budiani-Saberi and Sean Columb
Chapter 7: Questions for the future?
* Introduction. Edward T. Kelley
* Globalisation and Commodification of the Human Body: The Response of International Law and its Challenges. Carmel Shalev
* The Exception of Medical Products of Human Origin : Towards Global Governance Tools. Luc Noël & Dominique Martin
* Principles for an ethical market. Olivier Bouin
Concluding remarks…. Nancy Scheper-Hughes

Sunday, 7 June 2015

New book: Handbook On Medical Tourism And Patient Mobility - Edited by Neil Lunt, Daniel Horsfall and Johanna Hanefeld

Handbook On Medical Tourism And Patient Mobility 

2015. Edited by Neil Lunt, Daniel Horsfall and Johanna Hanefeld

Available at: http://www.e-elgar.com/shop/handbook-on-medical-tourism-and-patient-mobility

20% off discount voucher [ PDF ]

The growth of international travel for purposes of medical treatment has been accompanied by Increased academic research and analysis. This Handbook explores the emergence of medical travel and patient mobility and the implications for Patients and health systems. Bringing together leading scholars and analysts from across the globe, this Handbook's unprecedented examines the regional and national experiences of medical tourism, Including coverage of the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. The chapters explore topics on issues of risk, law and ethics; and include treatment-focused discussions highlight patient decision-making, patient experience and treatment outcomes for cosmetic, transplantation, dental, fertility and bariatric treatment.

'The authors take a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to examine key issues of the cross-border movement of Patients. State-of-the-art analysis is underpinned by extensive country studies. An essential read for policy makers, regulators, practitioners and students who want to understand, influence and shape this key dimension of the Globalisation of health.'
- Nick Drager, Honorary Professor LSHTM, Professor of Practice McGill University, Canada

'Lunt, Horsfall and Hanefield have brought together the world's leading scholars in the field for this Handbook. Collectively, they chart the course for research in medical tourism covering an exhaustive range of topics. This book is rich in both the breadth and depth of information offered in a time where medical tourism is of increasing importance to the global and domestic health policy and service provision landscape. The editors have done a superb job of steering the contributors and piecing together the various sections of the book to produce a coherent and, what is Likely to Become, definitive work. It will be essential reading for anyone with interests in the subject.'
- Robin Gauld, University of Otago, New Zealand


1. The Shaping of Contemporary Medical Tourism and Patient Mobility
Neil Lunt, Daniel Horsfall and Johanna Hanefeld

2. Medical Tourism – Concepts and Definitions
John Connell

3. Medical Tourism by Numbers
Daniel Horsfall and Neil Lunt

4. Globalization and Trade in Health Services
Johanna Hanefeld and Richard Smith

5. Patients’ Willingness to Travel
Mark Exworthy and Stephen Peckham

6. Travelling for Value: Global Drivers of Change in the Tertiary and Quarternary Markets
Tricia J. Johnson and Andrew N. Garman

7. Health Systems and Medical Tourism
Pedro Barros

8. The Economics of Health and Medical Tourism
David Reisman

9. OECD Accounting for Trade in Healthcare 
David Morgan

10. Financing Mechanisms
Johanna Hanefeld and Richard Smith

11. The Implications of Medical Travel upon Equity in Lower and Middle Income Countries
Andrea Whittaker

12. What’s Where? Why There? And Why Care? A Geography of Responsibility in Medical Tourism
Meghann Ormond

13. A Review of Small Scale Niche Treatment Providers
Olive N.Y. Cheung

14. Regional Differences: Scope and Trust Among Medical Tourism Facilitators
Lydia L. Gan and James R. Frederick

15. Government and Governance Strategies in Medical Tourism 
Meghann Ormond and Tomas Mainil

16. Marketing Medical Tourism in Korea
Ki Nam Jin 

17. Medical Tourism and the Internet 
Daniel Horsfall and Neil Lunt

18. Networks and Supply Chains: The Nature of Medical Tourism Markets 
Neil Lunt

19. The Coming Perfect Storm: Medical Tourism as a Biosecurity Issue
C. Michael Hall 

20. Diasporic Medical Return: Korean Immigrants’ Use of Homeland Medical Services
Jane Yeonjae Lee, Robin A. Kearns and Wardlow Friesen 

21. Culture and Medical Travel
Elisa J. Sobo

22. Use of Cross-Border Healthcare among Immigrants
Signe Smith Jervelund and Line Neerup Handlos 

23. Migration: The Mobility of Patients and Health Professionals
Margaret Walton-Roberts

24. United States (US)-Mexico Bi-National Insurance Efforts and the Prospective Impacts of Health Care Reforms in the US and Mexico
Arturo Vargas Bustamante

25. European Retirement Migration: Access to Health Care and Policy Implications
Helena Legido-Quigley and Martin Mckee

26. Medical Tourism: A Case Study of Thailand
Thinnakorn Noree

27. International Medical Travel Developments within Thailand and South-East Asia
Audrey Bochaton

28. The National Context of Medical Travel within Japan
Hiroyoshi Endo, Serina Okamura and Masafumi Toya 

29. Medical Tourism and Outward FDI in Health Services: India in South Asia
Rupa Chanda

30. Medical Tourism Developments within the Middle-East
Nabil M. Kronfol

31. Migration and Patient Mobility in Latin America
Max William Hadler

32. The Rise of Medical Tourism to South Africa
Jonathan Crush, Abel Chikanda and David Sanders

33. Medical Tourism Developments within Turkey
Sidika Kaya, Seda Karsavuran and Ahmet Yildiz

34. Ethics Of Medical Tourism
Guido Pennings

35. Medical Tourism for Services Illegal in Patients’ Home Country
I. Glenn Cohen

36. Child Medical Tourism: A New Phenomenon
Charlotte Hamlyn-Williams, Monica Lakhanpaul and Logan Manikam

37. Hospital Accreditation and Medical Tourism
Charles D. Shaw

38. Medical Tourism and Trust: Towards an Agenda for Research
Michael Calnan and Vid Calovski

39. Putting the Thermal Back into Medical Tourism
Melanie Smith, László Puczkó and Ivett Sziva 

40. Dental Tourism
Arun Chandu

41. Transplantation Tourism in Asia: Snapshot, Consequences and the Imperative for Policy Changes
Alex Jingwei He

42. Cosmetic Surgery Tourism
Ruth Holliday and David Bell

43. Journey Without End: Travelling Overseas for Bariatric Surgery: A Qualitative Study of UK Patients Travelling for Bariatric Surgery
Johanna Hanefeld and Daniel Horsfall 

44. Cross-Border Reproductive Travel
Nicky Hudson and Lorraine Culley

45. ‘They Go the Extra Mile, the Extra Ten Miles…’: Examining Canadian Medical Tourists’ Interactions with Health Care Workers Abroad
Valorie A. Crooks, Victoria Casey, Rebecca Whitmore, Rory Johnston and Jeremy Snyder

46. Outcomes and Medical Tourism
Neil Lunt and Daniel Horsfall