Navigation Links
University of Toronto scholars receive prestigious New Directions Fellowships
Date:3/22/2010

University of Toronto medieval historian Nicholas Everett and Walid Saleh, a scholar of religion and Near and Middle Eastern civilizations, have each been selected to receive a highly competitive New Directions Fellowship from the Mellon Foundation to pursue cross-disciplinary research. It is the first time the fellowships, created in 2002, have been awarded outside of the United States.

The New Directions Fellowships are unique in that they enable young humanists to explore new lines of research by gaining additional expertise in a field outside of their area of specialization. For Nicholas Everett, who holds a PhD in history, the fellowship means he can do research shedding new light on the history of medicine and science by undertaking specialized coursework in pharmacology and toxicology.

"There has been an explosion of interest in the medicinal potential of plant, mineral and animal products of the last decade. This renewed scientific interest in natural product pharmacy provides opportunities for a more sophisticated understanding of human interaction with the natural world in the past, and the rationale behind historical traditions of drug use, discovery and theory," Everett says. "By understanding the chemistry of natural drugs and the processes they affect, historical texts on pharmacy can be read more sensitively, claims more effectively evaluated and traditions better understood and explained."

Everett will draw upon his training to pursue three themes in the history of pharmacy which recent discoveries in biochemistry, pharmacology and neuroscience place in a new light: notions of taste and smell in relation to health and pharmacy; traditions of compound drugs; and what constituted proof or the authority to declare a drug effective or safe in the pre-modern world. Tracing these themes across different periods and cultures, says Everett, will make important contributions to our understanding of both the history of science and the history of medicine.

Walid Saleh will use his fellowship to undertake a comprehensive unified history of the Arabic Bible in the Middle East where three of the world's major religions Christianity, Judaism and Islam began and still co-exist side by side. It's a research direction that arose quite serendipitously. "While researching the history of Quranic interpretation, my main field, I came across al-Biqa`i (d. 1480) who used the Hebrew Bible and the four Gospels to interpret Biblical references in the Qur'an. This was an unprecedented use of these two scriptures in Islam," says Saleh. The fortunate find led him to realize that no comprehensive study of the history of the Bible in the Islamic religious imagination had been done. "Such a study is essential since the Arabic Bible represents a truly Jewish-Christian-Islamic event in the collective religious history of the Middle East. The presence of active members of the three communities side by side make for a fascinating relationship to the Bible, with each religious community aware of the other's views of the same book," says Saleh. In particular, Saleh plans to undertake serious training in Jewish study, including Biblical Hebrew, so as to chart a detailed history of the ways in which Islamic religious tradition interacted with the Bible and how each religion's interpretation of the Bible affected and influenced the other.

"Scholarship that crosses disciplinary boundaries holds tremendous potential," says Meric S. Gertler, dean of the Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto . "Some of the most exciting discoveries and insights occur when different fields intersect. We are delighted that the Mellon Foundation is not only enabling these two outstanding humanists to pursue their innovative research but is, through the New Directions program, fostering a standard of excellence for cross-disciplinary research more generally."


'/>"/>

Contact: Kim Luke
kim.luke@utoronto.ca
416-978-4352
University of Toronto
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Georgetown University Center for Children and Families Hails Health Reform As Big Win for Children and Families
2. Rutgers University Offers Fundamentals of Finance and Accounting Workshop at Mount Laurel, New Jersey Location Aimed at Non-Financial Managers
3. First Annual Bay Area Biomedical Device Conference to be Held at San Jose State University
4. University of Michigan scientists identify chemical in bananas as potent inhibitor of HIV infection
5. China VoIP & Digital Telecom Subsidiary, Beijing PowerUnique Technologies, Wins Virtualization Project Bid for Peking Universitys Third Hospital
6. University of Michigan scientists discover bone marrow can harbor HIV-infected cells
7. Conference on the study of contemporary spirituality next week at University of Haifa
8. Interleukin Genetics, Inc. and Stanford University Report Genetic Test Improves Weight Loss Success With Diets
9. $300,000 CIHR grant awarded to Medicago, the Research Institute of the MUHC and McGill University
10. New Building at University of Michigan Health System Expands Eye Care, Unites Diabetes Researchers
11. Greenway Medical Technologies Donates Electronic Health Record, Clinical Research and Revenue Cycle Solutions to Northern Kentucky University
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... Pittsburgh metro area, celebrates the beginning of the latest charity campaign in their ... skills through art. Donations to this worthy cause are currently being accepted at: ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 12, 2016 , ... ... “Revolutionizing Cancer Care.” , The print component of “Revolutionizing Cancer Care” ... Pittsburgh/Cleveland, New York, Washington DC/Baltimore, and Seattle, with a circulation of approximately 250,000 ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... , ... A lot has been reported about the fitness routines of United ... and wellness resources most Americans could ever dream of having at their disposal. However, ... frenetic as the U.S. President. , In honor of President’s Day on Feb. ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... Basketball is a game for everyone, not just ... PoppersTM series, sign language translation is featured in the top right of the screen. ... PoppersTM lessons has a sign language translator to teach kids the game and how ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... “ HEALING MIND : Five Steps ... Mind” (published by Balboa Press) teaches readers how to become their own therapist. Providing ... author Janice McDermott, M.Ed., LCSW, offers an understanding of how to heal one’s inner ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/12/2016)... VIEJO, Calif. , Feb. 12, 2016  Sequent ... enrollment in a study to evaluate the safety and ... for the treatment of ruptured intracranial aneurysms.  Prof ... University Hospital, in Paris, France ... first patient. France and ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... INDIANAPOLIS , Feb. 12, 2016  Eli Lilly and ... High Court decided the Alimta® (pemetrexed disodium) vitamin regimen patent ... in the UK, France , ... instructions to dilute the product only with dextrose solution.  ... of 2015, the UK Court of Appeal held that Lilly,s ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... , 12 februari 2016 ... een toonaangevende leverancier van productie en ontwikkeling ... industrieën, kondigt vandaag een uitbreiding aan van ... haar locatie in Charleston, SC ... geleid tot meerdere recente investeringen. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: