David Chapman-Jones, Director of University of the West of Scotland’s Institute for Research in Healthcare Policy and Practice (IRHPP), delivered a public lecture at Paisley Campus on 19th June 2018.
The inaugural lecture, ‘Wounds, Racehorses, Lamborghinis and Lady Jane Grey: Who’d ever put those together in the same sentence?’, focused on whether modern society discourages a person with a wide knowledge and learning known as a polymath. It weaved through David’s own experience of being a polymath, exploring some of the world’s great polymath examples and questioned whether they could have flourished as easily today.
David studied Forensic Medicine and Science with The Worshipful Society of Apothecaries in association with the Department of Forensic Medicine at Guy’s hospital. As part of this course of study he examined the use of human tissue in research and the ethics of the separation of conjoined twins.
The research into the use of human tissue in research brought his attention to the work of a coroner which, in addition to having a medical qualification requires you to be a solicitor or barrister. That prompted him to study law, gain a master of Laws in Health and Medical Ethics and join the Inner Temple Inns of Court to train to be a barrister.
In 2003 he founded a company commercialising in a technology that he’d been researching in the previous years – electroceutical medicine – which was involved with wound care research, management and practice. He subsequently worked with the University of Manchester, Imperial College in London and many wound care centres, clinicians and hospitals.
David joined UWS in February 2017 and identified an opportunity to make the IRHPP something significant, producing themes of research that can meaningfully influence practice and policy to the ultimate benefit of patients, users of services and their families.
Commenting on his public lecture David Chapman-Jones said:
“I am delighted to have delivered this public lecture and to have had the opportunity to provide academics and members of the public with an insight into my career journey and my experience of being a polymath.”