Tom Shakespeare, Azra Raza and Tom Berry added to QED 2022 line-up

Published 1 July 2022 at 10:23

The QED team are thrilled to be able to announce three more speakers for QED 2022: sociologist and bioethicist Prof Tom Shakespeare, oncologist Dr Azra Raza, and director of Medics Against Violence Dr Tom Berry.

Professor Tom Shakespeare is professor of disability research at LSHTM, has published over 100 papers and chapters about disability as a qualitative sociologist. His books include *The Sexual Politics of Disability*, and *Disability Rights and Wrongs*. He has worked for WHO, and has been a member of the Arts Council of England, and the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Dr Azra Raza is the Chan Soon-Shiong Professor of Medicine and Clinical Director of The Evans Foundation MDS Center at Columbia University. A practising oncologist seeing 30-40 cancer patients per week, she also directs a basic cancer research lab with hundreds of original publications in high profile journals. She worked with President Clinton designing Breakthrough Developments in Science and Technology and with VP Joe Biden for the Cancer Moonshot initiative. Her latest book, *The First Cell: And the Human Costs of Pursuing Cancer to the Last* was published in October 2019. Her life is devoted to early detection and prevention of cancer.

Dr Tom Berry has worked as a general and breast disease surgeon, and is the former Head of Scotland for Breast Cancer Now. He is currently studying for a law degree, and for more than twelve years has delivered Medics Against Violence (MAV) content in schools and community projects such as The Prince’s Trust. As a director of MAV, he is passionate about advocating and promoting a public health approach to violence reduction. His campaign work has seen him appear on BBC News, Channel 4 Dispatches, BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 4’s You & Yours.

Our latest three speakers join a main-stage line-up that includes talks from historian Fern Riddell, geoscientist Chris Jackson, and a live show from *God Awful Movies*, with further speakers still to be announced. Plus we’ll have our usual other tracks of panels, podcasts and workshops, and much more besides.

You can pick up your ticket to QED today, for just £120 for the full weekend (or £80 for students).