About us

The Hippocrates Initiative began in 2009 as the Hippocrates Prize for Poetry and Medicine for an unpublished poem on a medical subject. The Hippocrates Initiative now also includes the international Hippocrates Society for Poetry and Medicine, annual international symposia at which the Hippocrates awards are also presented, an international research forum for poetry and medicine, The Hippocrates Press, and workshops, the first held in Venice in September 2013.

Since its launch in 2009, the annual Hippocrates Prize has attracted thousands of entries from over 60 countries, from the Americas to Fiji and from Finland to Australasia.

The Hippocrates initiative was awarded the 2011 Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts.

Major support for the Hippocrates initiative has come from the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, with additional support from the Wellcome Trustthe Cardiovascular Research Trust, the National Association for Writers in Educationand Heads, Teachers and Industry, and the University of Warwick's Institute of Advanced Study

The 2017 Hippocrates Awards and Symposium on Poetry and Medicine were held in association with the Arts and Humanities Initiative of Harvard Medical School. 

Co-founder: Michael Hulse

Michael Hulse

Michael Hulse has won numerous awards for his poetry, and has translated more than sixty books from the German, among them works by W. G. Sebald, Goethe and Rilke. His collection of poetry, The Secret History (Arc, 2009), and the co-edited anthology The Twentieth Century in Poetry (Ebury, 2011), brought him invitations to read and talk in Mexico, the US, Australia, New Zealand, and several European countries. He is a permanent judge of the Günter Grass Foundation’s Albatross Prize, a literary award similar to Britain’s Man Booker International. With J. M. Coetzee and Susanna Moore, is an ambassador for Adelaide Writers’ Week. His new book of poems, Half-Life, was published by Arc in August 2013.

Co-founder: Donald Singer

DS IUPS

Donald Singer is a clinical pharmacologist who has published over 170 articles, chapters and books on cardiovascular research, prevention and treatment, and public understanding of health. He co-authors Pocket Prescriber, the 8th edition of which was published by Taylor & Francis in 2015. He is President of the Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine and chairs the advisory board of the FPM’s journal Health Policy and Technology. He is also on the Executive Committee of the European Association of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics, which supports scientific and educational exchange for over 4000 clinical pharmacologists from 34 European and other countries. 

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