The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is pleased to announce that it has awarded a 2019 AIHP PhD Thesis Support Grant in the amount of $2,000 to Naomi Rendina, a PhD candidate in the Department of History at Case Western Reserve University. The grant will support Ms. Rendina’s research regarding the development of childbirth-inducing drugs.
Ms. Rendina is working on a dissertation tentatively entitled “Pushing Too Hard: Pharmaceuticals, the FDA, and the Selling of Birth Practices, 1930-1970.” Her project seeks to understand the pharmaceutical and corporate motivations behind the research and development of childbirth-inducing drugs. AIHP’s grant will cover costs for archival research on the synthetization of oxytocin, the naturally occurring hormone responsible for uterine contractions.
The AIHP PhD Thesis Support Grant is intended to encourage academic research of pharmaco-historical topics by doctoral candidates and offers a grant-in-aid of up to $2,000 to support historical investigations of some aspect of pharmacy. Any dissertation or thesis project devoted to the history of pharmacy, history of drugs, or other humanistic study utilizing a pharmaco-historical approach, is eligible. Recipients of the grant must provide a report to AIHP on the research within one year after receiving the grant money. Grant recipients must also agree to submit a paper based on their thesis project or dissertation for consideration for publication in Pharmacy in History within two years of receiving the grant.
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