An emotional history of face transplants

I am delighted to share the news that I have been awarded a Future Leaders Fellowship by UK Research and Innovation. This was announced on 7 May by the Science and Innovation Minister Chris Skidmore. You can read about the remit of the awards here and what they promise to bring to the future of UK research and innovation.

My project will create a new cultural framework by which we can understand the emotional and ethical impact of face transplants internationally - and in the UK. There have been close to 50 around the world, but none so far in the UK, despite the fact that the UK has long been a leader in facial reconstruction work, and in preparing the ground for face transplants.

More details on my project are available here

One of the most emotionally challenging aspects of the project is the trauma that people receiving face transplants have undergone, and the transformative potential of this extraordinary surgery. The youngest person to receive a face transplant to date is Katie Stubblefield, who was treated at the Cleveland Clinic. Her story was written and documented by the writer Joanna Connors and the photographer Maggie Steber for the National Geographic.

You can learn more about Katie and her journey in the video below.

Please be aware that this video contains images and experiences that you may find upsetting.