History of science, technology and medicine in Britain, France and the USA in the late-nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with a special focus on the history of biomedicine, drug therapies and the pharmaceutical industry.
Dr Quirke's doctoral thesis compared the development of collaborative research networks between scientists and pharmaceutical companies in Britain and France in the twentieth century. It was published with Routledge in 2008 as Collaboration in the Pharmaceutical Industry: changing relationships in Fritain and France, 1935-1965. Her current research areas are:
- The history of pharmaceutical R&D, focusing on the history of drug treatments for chronic diseases and the impact of drug safety regulation.
- The history of cancer chemotherapy, from the perspective of the the patients who have experinced it as well as the scientists and clinicians responsible for its development.
- The material culture of biomedicine, from bench, to bedside, and public engagement.
- Magic bullets, wonder drugs and miracle cures: medicine between science and magic'
Dr Quirke was a co-applicant on a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award on 'Healthcare in Public and Private' (2007-2012), and was co-investigator on a Wellcome Trust Programme Grant on 'Subjects' Narratives of Medical Research in Europe' (09568/Z/11/A).
Research grants and awards
Viviane's most recent grants include:
2020: Oxford Centre for Methodism and Church History release from teaching award for project on ‘Wonder drugs, Magic Bullets and Miracle Cures: medicines between science, magic and religion’
2018: Oxford Brookes Research Events Fund award for a workshop on the changing role of consultants in industry, c. 1850-2000.
2016: Research Grant from the Scientific Instrument Society for a project entitled: ‘From Pharmaceutical Innovation to Public Engagement: Steve Carter and the Micrarium in Buxton’.
2013-14: Chemical Heritage Foundation (CHF) Doan Fellowship for a project on ‘Chemistry and the History of Cancer Chemotherapy in the US, 1940s-1990s’ (taken up in May 2014).
2012-15: AHRC Collaborative Doctoral Award with Dr Peter Morris of the Science Museum for a project on ‘Chemicals and their users in the British home, 1930s-1980s’.
2012-17: Co-investigator for the Centre for Health, Medicine and Society’s Wellcome Trust Programme Grant (ref. 096580/Z/11/A) on ‘Subjects’ narratives of medical research in Europe, c. 1940-2001’, responsible for project entitled ‘Experiencing Cancer: therapeutic innovation and patient narratives’.
2011-2012: European Science Foundation (ESF) Exchange Programme Grant for project on the history of cancer chemotherapy in France.
2009-2011: Co-investigator on a British Council/Alliance Research Partnership Programme Grant with Jonathan Simon, University of Lyon I, for a study of the development and impact of diphtheria anti-toxin in Britain and France.
2008-2009: Welcome Trust Research Expenses Grant on ‘The History of Cancer Chemotherapy in Industrial Context: Imperial Chemical Industries and Rhône-Poulenc (ref. 086843/Z/08/Z: £3000).