Dr Sally Atkinson

at Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge

Research Associate, Cambridge Institute of Public Health

Sally Atkinson is a Research Associate at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health, where she is working on the ethical and social impact of large-scale research initiatives in the health sector. Currently an embedded ethnographer in Dementias Platform UK, she is examining changing approaches and attitudes to data-sharing, data-linkage, and the development of new practices around experimental medicine. Robust research into the ethical and social implications of such technologies is of high impact in both the health domain and other areas. Her work particularly focuses on the impact of changing research in to dementias, working with both researchers who are investigating dementias, and the public who take part in their research.

Sally studied a Bachelor's Degree in Cultural Anthropology at Queen's University Belfast, before attending Durham University for a Master's in Research Methods in Social Science. She undertook her PhD in Medical Anthropology at Durham, where she studied evolving landscape of dementia research in the UK. Her research has also looked at aging and identity, the social impact of chronic neurodegenerative diseases, the development of knowledge around new biotechnologies, mental health, and participant involvement in science.