Dr Jesse Olszynko-Gryn

Strathclyde Chancellor's Fellow

History

Personal statement

I am a historian of science, technology and medicine at the University of Strathclyde. As co-lead on the internationally collaborative research project, Risky Hormones, I work with patient groups and other partners to historically investigate the contested use and regulation of medicines in pregnancy and the risk of birth defects. My first book reconstructs the remarkable transformation of pregnancy testing from an esoteric laboratory tool to a commonplace of everyday life. It is under contract with MIT Press, for publication in spring 2022. I have longstanding research interests in health activism and medical film, and I recently developed a new interest in the history of face masks as embattled health technologies. I co-convene the Disability Research Group.

Publications

The Duogynon controversy and ignorance production in post-thalidomide West Germany
Nemec Birgit, Olszynko-Gryn Jesse
Reproductive Biomedicine & Society Online (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rbms.2021.09.003
Filming fly eggs : time-lapse cinematography as an intermedial practice
Olszynko-Gryn Jesse
Isis Vol 112, pp. 307-314 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1086/714733
Predictor : the first home pregnancy test
Olszynko-Gryn Jesse
Journal of British Studies Vol 59, pp. 638-642 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1017/jbr.2020.70
Predictor, Montreal, and Meg Crane : a very brief history of pregnancy testing in Canada
Olszynko-Gryn Jesse
The Osler Library Newsletter Vol 132, pp. 6-7 (2020)
The feminist appropriation of pregnancy testing in 1970s Britain
Olszynko-Gryn Jesse
Women's History Review Vol 28, pp. 869-894 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1080/09612025.2017.1346869
Reproductive politics in twentieth-century France and Britain
Olszynko-Gryn Jesse, Rusterholz Caroline
Medical History Vol 63, pp. 117-133 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1017/mdh.2019.1

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Professional activities

Pregnancy testing and moral panic in permissive Britain
Speaker
8/11/2021
Filming fly eggs: time-lapse cinematography as an intermedial practice
Speaker
11/9/2021
Expert witnessing
Consultant
10/5/2021
MPhil examiner
Examiner
3/2021
Birth control in Britain before and after 'the pill'
Speaker
22/1/2021
Medical History (Journal)
Peer reviewer
2021

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Projects

Risky hormones, pregnant patients and the contested science of birth defects: the rise and fall of hormone pregnancy tests in the FRG and UK, 1950-81
Olszynko-Gryn, Jesse (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2023
Pregnancy testing over the counter, in activism, and at home: Britain, 1970–2015
Olszynko-Gryn, Jesse (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 01-Jan-2019

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