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THE FOX GOT YOU - INTERVIEWS

"so many voices to describe one illness..."

The Fox Got You is an art and science project celebrating common plants at the origin of medicinal drugs (for an overview, go to the home page). When artist Françoise Sergy started the project, she knew she had a long quest on her hands to find all the participants needed. Using 'from plants to drugs to patients' as a theme, she aimed to bring together people with very different personal experience and professional knowledge. Illness happens to everyone but perception of it varies greatly, whether you are a patient, a clinician or a research scientist. The making of pharmaceutical drugs is also so complicated that people working on one stage of the production process can have little knowledge of the other stages. As an outsider, Françoise was able to bring together some of the voices working on this vast knowledge field. The interviews you will hear focus on each participant’s unique expertise, experience and point of view. Put together, these individual voices combine and are able to reveal the complex relationship we have with medical science.

On this page you will find all the interviews, grouped according to the medical condition they refer to. Each section of the website also include the interviews. There you can view the artwork and plants images whilst listening to them.

The clinicans interviewed are:

  • Dr James Newton is a consultant cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, Britain. He talks about echocardiography, the medical condition of atrial fibrillation and the drug Digoxin.
  • Dr Rhiannon Lloyd is a General Practitioner in London, Britain. She talks about type 2 diabetes and the drug Metformin.
  • Eliz Flanagan is a Lead Chemotherapy Nurse at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, Britain. She talks about her work as a cancer nurse and about chemotherapy.
  • Dr Kelsey Jordan is a consultant rheumatologist at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, Britain. She talks about gout and the drug Colchicine.

The scientists interviewed are:

  • Professor Sir John Walker was until recently the director of the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit in Cambridge, Britain. He now continues his research work there. Sir John won the Nobel Prize for the elucidation of the mechanism of action of the enzyme which makes ATP, our body’s basic unit of energy. In his interview, he explains what mitochondria are and talks about his research.
  • Dr Jan-Arne Gewert was until recently the director of the pharmaceutical company Oncotec, in Germany. He describes how Paclitaxel is made in the factory.
  • Roderick Flower is Professor of biochemical pharmacology at the William Harvey Research Insitute, in London. He was one of the original team members working with John Vane, who won the Nobel Prize for discovering how Aspirin works. In his interview, he describes his work as a scientist and explains the action of platelets in the blood, as well as the role of Aspirin.

The patients interviewed are:

  • Dr John Balázs is a General Practitioner in London, Britain. He also happens to have atrial fibrillation. He talks here of his experience as a patient.
  • Artist Françoise Sergy has type 2 diabetes. She describes her experience of the condition.
  • Two patients talk of their experience of breast cancer.
  • Jeremy Engineer has had gout since his twenties. He describes his experience of the condition.

FOX HEART INTERVIEWS

GALEGA and METFORMIN INTERVIEWS

CANCER and YEW INTERVIEWS

THE GOUT INTERVIEWS

ASPIRIN and PLATELETS INTERVIEW

Dr James Newton is a consultant cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, Britain. Below, he explains how echocardiography works:

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A longer interview with Dr Newton about echocardiography is available below:

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Echo People: Dr Newton and a cardiologist colleague perform an echocardiogram on a patient.

echocardiography

Dr James Newton is a consultant cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, Britain. Below, he explains what the medical condition of atrial fibrillation is:

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A longer interview with Dr Newton about atrial fibrillation is available below:

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Waiting for the patient: close-up of the patient's bed in the echocardiography room

atrial fibrillation

Dr James Newton is a consultant cardiologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, Britain. Below, he describes how the drug Digoxin works and when it is used for the treatment of heart arrhythmia:

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A longer interview with Dr Newton about the drug Digoxin is available below:

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Digoxin: close-up of dried woolly foxglove leaves (Digitalis lanata) and one Digoxin pill. The active ingredient is extracted from the plant.

Digoxin

Dr John Balázs is a General Practitioner in London, Britain. He also happens to have atrial fibrillation. He talks below of his experience as a patient:

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A longer interview with Dr Balázs about his experience of atrial fibrillation is available below:

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Echo blanket: patient's bed and echocardiogram

echo blanket

Professor Sir John Walker was until recently the director of the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit in Cambridge, Britain. He now continues his research work there. Sir John won the Nobel Prize for the elucidation of the mechanism of action of the enzyme which makes ATP, our body’s basic unit of energy. In his interview below, he explains what mitochondria are, he describes their roles in our cells and talks about his research, both past and present:

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A longer interview with Professor Walker is available below:

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Image: Groups of mitochondria within cells, mitochondria close-ups and Metformin, created in parts with scientific images from the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit, Cambridge, Britain

mitochondria

Dr Rhiannon Lloyd is a General Practitioner in London, Britain. In her first interview below, she talks about type 2 diabetes:

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A longer interview with Dr Lloyd about diabetes is available below:

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Sweets Orgy (from a 1987 performance work by artist Françoise Sergy, made in collaboration with Rosy Martin)

sweets orgy

Dr Rhiannon Lloyd is a General Practitioner in London, Britain. In her second interview, she talks about Metformin and its role in the management of diabetes:

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A longer interview with Dr Lloyd about Metformin is available below:

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Metformin: the molecule

metformin

Artist Françoise Sergy has type 2 diabetes. She describes below her experience of the condition:

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A longer interview with Françoise about her experience of diabetes is available below:

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Image: Self-portrait with Metformin

self-portrait

Lead Chemotherapy Nurse Eliz Flanagan, of the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, Britain, describes below her work at the Chemotherapy Day Unit:

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A longer interview with Eliz Flanagan about her work is available below:

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Image: Chemotherapy Day Unit, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, Britain

chemotherapy day unit

In her second interview, Lead Chemotherapy Nurse Eliz Flanagan, of the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, Britain, talks about chemotherapy and cancer treatment:

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A longer interview with Eliz Flanagan about chemotherapy is available below:

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Image: Chemotherapy day unit, Churchill Hospital, Oxford, Britain, with fibroblast cells

chemotherapy day unit

Cancer patient A describes below her experience of breast cancer:

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A longer interview with patient A about her experience of breast cancer is available below:

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Image: Production of the drug Paclitaxel at Oncotec pharmaceutical company, Germany, with hospital treatment

paclitaxel

Cancer patient B describes below her experience of breast cancer:

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A longer interview with patient B about her experience of breast cancer is available below:

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Image: Young leaves of golden yew. The drug Paclitaxel is semi-synthesised from yew leaves.

yew leaves

Dr Jan-Arne Gewert, who was the director of the pharmaceutical company Oncotec, in Germany, describes how Paclitaxel is made in the factory:

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A longer interview with Dr Gewert about Oncotec is available below:

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Image: Oncotec, looking at Paclitaxel inside a vessel, through a glass lid

paclitaxel in factory vessel

Dr Kelsey Jordan is a consultant rheumatologist at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, Britain. She describes below what gout is:

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A longer interview with Dr Jordan about gout is available below:

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Image: The Gout by James Gillray (1799)

The Gout

Dr Kelsey Jordan is a consultant rheumatologist at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, Britain. In her second interview, she talks about Colchicine and other gout treatments:

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Angels rescue: autumn crocus seeds, an old bottle of Colchicine and microtubules

colchicine

Jeremy Engineer has had gout since his twenties. Here he describes his experience of the condition:

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A longer interview with Jeremy Engineer about his experience of gout is available below:

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Image: In homage to Gillray, with uric acid crystals

homage to Gillray

Roderick Flower is Professor of biochemical pharmacology at the William Harvey Research Insitute, in London. He was one of the original team members working with John Vane, who won the Nobel Prize for discovering how Aspirin works. In his interview below, Professor Flower describes his work as a scientist and explains the action of platelets in the blood, as well as the role of Aspirin:

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A longer interview with Professor Flower is available below:

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Image: William Harvey Research Institute, blood plasma with aggregated and non-aggregated platelets

platelets

For more information about how drugs are made, go to the section From Plants to Drugs.

For more information about biomedical science and the research institutions featured in the project, go to the section Visits to Biomedical Research Laboratories.

The Fox Got You was conceived, researched and produced by artist Françoise Sergy, in partnership with clinicians, scientists and patients.

  • Individual images are available as prints: £40 / €50 for an A4 print, £50 / €65 for an A3 print ( plus postage costs).
  • Feedback is very welcomed - contact us at admin@foxgotyou.uk
  • For links to the organisations involved in the project, please go to the Links page.
  • Françoise Sergy has her own website with information about her past and current artwork: www.francoisesergy.uk

© Françoise Sergy 2016