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Agents of Change: The Power of Placebo

03.NOVEMBER.2018 • 11:00 - 17:00

Henry Wellcome Auditorium
Wellcome Collection
183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE

Join us for a day of provocation and engaging discussion with leading scientists, cultural thinkers, artists and medics.

What is the placebo effect and what can it tell us about the way we practice healthcare today? How can expectations, suggestibility, belief, charisma of the healer, ritual and environment impact on our health? Can we be agents of our own pleasure and pain? How are we affected by those providing us with care, the manner in which we are cared for, or the setting in which care is given?

The day will include presentations from and discussions with Jon Stone, Professor of Neurology at University of Edinburgh; Jo Marchant, author of Cure; award-winning author John Burnside; Sarah Goldingay, Lecturer in Drama at Exeter University; Paul Dieppe, Professor of Health and Wellbeing at Exeter Medical School; and Elisabeth Hsu, Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oxford.

Part of The Power of Placebo – a national programme of events to accompany our new performance, Placebo.

 

Book tickets to the 7:30pm performance of Placebo at The Place after this event.


Credits

Image – Lullaby, the Seasons, 2002 (detail of Summer) by Damien Hirst

Credit – © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS/Artimage 2018. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd