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  • Comics in the Design Studio. On the use of graphic narrative as a tool to represent, narrate, and rethink architectural space

    Grennan, Simon; Lus Arana, Luis M.; University of Chester (Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2024-04-18)
    This chapter looks at several works produced by architects and students in order to discuss and illustrate some uses of the comics medium as a tool both to visualise and explain, to develop stories and discourses, and start morphogenetic processes that lead to novel architectural form, or even rethink architectural space.
  • Tessier [other name Ross], Isabella Emily Louisa [pseud. Marie Duval, Ambrose Clarke] (1847–1890)

    Grennan, Simon; Sabin, Roger; Waite, Julian; University of Chester (Oxford University Press, 2023-11-09)
    Biography of Isabel Emilie de Tessier (Marie Duval and others).
  • Caring Work

    Grennan, Simon; University of Chester (Oxford Hospitals Charity, 2023-09-30)
    12 'tablescapes' in colour tell a personal story of 12 Oxford Hospitals Trust staff working in the areas of Cleaning, Catering, Portering and Estates across the four Trust hospitals (John Radcliffe Hospital, Churchill Hospital, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre and Horton General Hospital, Oxford). Derived from individual and group conversations, these include stories of offering or receiving help from other staff, other carers or patients, reflections and realisations had in quiet moments, or at the busiest times of day and anecdotes of creative problem-solving or the use of humour as care. These stories demonstrate the ways in which the work of support staff in the Trust is the work of caring – for patients, the communities of staff and themselves. Together, they contributed to "Our National Health: Hospital Stories", responding to the national 'prompts and provocations' offered by Kwame Kwei Arma, in the creation of a new performance. The 12 drawings are permanently installed as 12 printed vinyl table-top in cafes across the four hospital sites.
  • Real-world clinical and psychosocial outcomes among people with mild or moderate haemophilia A treated on-demand in the Italian CHESS II cohort: a real-world data analysis

    Castaman, Giancarlo; Mancuso, Maria Elisa; Di Minno, Matteo Nicola Dario; Sannino, Luigi; Tempre, Rosaria; Bendinelli, Sara; Blenkiron, Thomas; Burke, Tom; Ferri Grazzi, Enrico (Sciendo, 2024-04-22)
    Background: The burden of severe haemophilia A (HA) has been studied extensively owing to the higher bleeding frequency and associated treatment requirements, leaving a clear unmet need for research focused on the burden of mild and moderate HA. Aims: This study sought to characterise the clinical and psychosocial burden of mild and moderate HA in the Italian cohort of the CHESS II study. Methods: This was a retrospective analysis of clinical and psychosocial outcomes in a cohort of male adults (≥18 years old) with mild or moderate HA who participated in the cross-sectional CHESS II study (October 2019-November 2020). Treatment patterns, acute and chronic clinical outcomes and mental health indicators were collected via physician-completed forms. Psychosocial outcomes related to impact of HA on social activities, exercise, opportunities, and lifestyle were collected via a participant self-complete questionnaire. All results were reported descriptively. Results: A total of 113 people with haemophilia A (PwHA) were included, 79 (70%) with moderate HA and 34 (30%) with mild HA, with mean age of 41.4 and 36.6 years, respectively. No one in the sample was receiving a prophylaxis at the time of data capture, with factor VIII use in the 12 months prior reported in 30% and 29% of moderate and mild PwHA, respectively. Ninety-one PwHA (81%) experienced ≥1 bleeding event in the preceding 12 months. People with moderate HA had higher mean annual bleed rate (2.9 vs. 1.1, respectively) and higher prevalence of chronic pain (74% vs. 35%), anxiety (20% vs. 12%), and/or depression (15% vs. 3%). Target joints were reported in 22% and 12% of moderate and mild PwHA, and problem joints in 51% and 12%, respectively. Of 113 participants, 44 (39%) completed the self-complete form (moderate HA, 57%; mild HA, 43%). Overall, 40% vs. 10% of those with moderate vs mild HA reported reducing or giving up social activities, 44% vs. 21% reducing or giving up exercise, 36% vs. 26% missing out on opportunities, and 48% vs. 26% reported HA impacted their lifestyle. Conclusion: Moderate PwHA from the Italian CHESS II cohort appeared to have greater clinical morbidity and lifestyle impact than mild PwHA. Psychosocial outcomes were also worse among moderate PwHA, but significant burden was also observed among mild PwHA. These findings, and the absence of prophylactic treatment in the sample examined, highlight that improving management for potentially undertreated mild/moderate PwHA may aid the avoidance long-term clinical morbidity and negative psychosocial impact.
  • Editorial: Drawing and knowledge

    McGuirk, Tom; University of Chester (Intellect, 2024)
    Editorial: Drawing is widely appreciated as a means of knowing, something testified to in a wide range of practices, fine art practices as well as practices such as architectural, botanical and other scientific drawing. This text recounts anxieties regarding the epistemic worth of drawing that persist from early modern art education and before. These relate to the embodied, situated and enactive nature of drawing. The text charts a distrust of the body as aid in the attainment of knowledge, as audible in Plato’s dialogues as it is in the disputes of the first Florentine academy. It delineates the deep-seated apprehension evident in theories of disegno as proposed by 16th century artists/theorists such as Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccaro who sought to elevate the status of drawing to an overarching principle, firmly ensconced within the theoretical domain. That strategy privileged drawing as a paragon while paradoxically distanced it from association with the taint of manual labour. The discussion identifies the same apprehension and distrust in the Duchampian disparagement of skill and retinal art – the retina too is a body part. These phenomena have been diagnosed elsewhere in terms of deskilling the artist, reflecting a wider societal division; the elevation of symbolic labour over productive labour, an all too familiar hierarchy. The text expounds recent research rooted in philosophy of mind and cognitive science, which offers a perspective that challenges these apprehensions, including Somaesthetics and Situated Cognition theory that assert the essential embodied, embedded, extended, and enactive dimensions of cognition – the 4E model.

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