Oral History Project – Canadian Thalidomide History

My name is Christine Chisholm and I am currently a fourth year PhD student in the History Department at Carleton University, Canada, working under the supervision of Dr. Susanne Klausen. My PhD research focuses on the lived experiences of Canadians disabled as a result of the drug thalidomide, with a special focus on reproductive choices and upbringing.

As part of this research I am interviewing (primarily Anglophone) Canadians who were born disabled as a result of thalidomide. In other words, I would like to learn more about the impact that thalidomide had on the lives of those directly affected and their families, especially decisions they made regarding having children of their own.

Those who are interested in participating are welcome to contact me to discuss the project.

Information gained from the interviews will be included in my academic work, including my dissertation, as well as research papers, journal articles, conference presentations, and possibly a future book(s).