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    Professor Helen Chatterjee

Professor of Biology and Head of Research and Teaching, Department of Public and Cultural Engagement, University College London

Helen Chatterjee is a Professor of Biology in the Division of Biosciences, School of Life and Medical Sciences at University College London and Head of Research and Teaching in UCL’s Department of Public and Cultural Engagement. Her research interests include the value of cultural encounters in health and wellbeing, and the role of touch and object handling in health, wellbeing and education. Helen recently co-founded the National Alliance for Museums, Health and Wellbeing and has published widely in this area. She edited 'Touch in Museums: Policy and Practice in Object Handling' (Berg Publications) in 2008, wrote ‘Museums, Health and Well-being’ (Routledge) in 2013 and recently edited ‘Engaging the Senses: Object-Based Learning in Higher Education’ (Routledge; 2015). She is currently Principal Investigator on the Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project ‘Museums on Prescription’ which is exploring the role of museums and galleries in social prescribing, and ‘Not So Grim up North’ a research project with Manchester Museums and Galleries and Tyne and Wear Museums and Archives. In 2015, Helen was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) for services to Higher Education, and Culture and health.