Jo Marchant

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Jo Marchant is an award-winning science journalist and author. She trained as a scientist and has a PhD in genetics and medical microbiology from St Bartholomew’s Hospital Medical College in London, and an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College London.

Jo has worked as an editor at New Scientist and at Nature and has written on topics from the future of genetic engineering to underwater archaeology. Her articles appear regularly in publications including New Scientist, Nature and The Observer.

Her radio and TV appearances include BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week and Today programmes, CNN and National Geographic. She has lectured around the world, including at the Royal Institution in London, the Edinburgh Science Festival, the Getty Villa in Los Angeles and the Dutch-Flemish Institute in Cairo.

Jo's first book Decoding the Heavens: Solving the mystery of the world’s first computer was described by the LA Times as “an epic of forgotten geniuses, lost treasure, death-defying underwater exploration and egomaniacal scientists” and was shortlisted for the 2009 Royal Society Prize for Science Books. Her latest book Cure was shortlisted for the Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize 2016.

This is popular science writing at its very best. Cure beautifully describes the cutting-edge research going on in the fascinating and, until now, often unexplored area of mind-body medicine. I would recommend this book to anybody who has a mind and a body.

Henry Marsh, author of 'Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death, and Brain Surgery'
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  • Me too! On the train there now :-) https://t.co/EhklmhNoG1

    It's time to #MarchForScience! See you there @LDNsciencemarch

    I'll be in Cambridge again on Monday 24th, talking at Cambridge Society for the Application of Research https://t.co/olnBNUB59G

Marchant explores the possibilities of psychology-based approaches to improving physical well-being in this open-minded, evidence-based account… A powerful and critically needed conceptual bridge for those who are frustrated with pseudoscientific explanations of alternative therapies but intrigued by the mind’s potential power to both cause and treat chronic, stress-related conditions.

Publishers Weekly (starred review)
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