The Academy strives to ensure that the UK takes a leadership role in tackling global challenges and in enabling excellent people to move and collaborate across national boundaries.
In delivering these aims we draw on the expertise of our Fellows working in the UK and overseas and on our partnerships, particularly with our sister Academies, across the world.
We work with policymakers to ensure that the UK’s position on EU policy issues, such as the use of patient data in research, facilitates (and is informed by) medical research. An important part of this work is ensuring that UK research and innovation continues to lead the world, following the UK's referendum vote to leave the EU.
We support the Federation of European Academies of Medicine (FEAM) to ensure that it becomes an influential source of expertise and advice for European policymakers working in health, research and research regulation. We are working closely with FEAM as the new Scientific Advice Mechanism for Europe is developed.
We focus on health challenges that transcend national borders, but that particularly affect low and middle-income countries. We recently held a roundtable meeting of experts to consider the health research priorities associated with forced migration, and in September 2016, we launched a project to explore multiple morbidities as a global health challenge.
Through our policy work, the prestigious Academy of Medical Sciences & The Lancet International Health Lecture, and our collaborations, we seek insights from comparisons of research infrastructure, healthcare systems and the use of technologies in resource poor and resource rich settings. The 2016 Lecture was presented in October by Professor Karen Sliwa, on 'The heart of Africa: succeeding against the odds'.
To effectively address global problems and opportunities we are strengthening our relationships with the InterAcademy Partnership for Health (IAP for Health) and with individual academies abroad such as the US National Academy of Medicine and the Academy of Sciences of South Africa.
Working independently and in partnership, we seek to ensure that UK policy in areas such as immigration facilitates mobility and collaboration among medical scientists. We are delivering a series of global health policy workshops, supported by the UK's Global Challenges Research Fund. In 2016, these workshops are on multimorbidity in South Africa and rapid diagnostic tests.
We also offer a number of research opportunities that enable closer collaboration between UK researchers and those from overseas. Our Newton Advanced Fellowships and Newton International Fellowships offer opportunities to researchers from overseas. These schemes are kindly supported by the UK Government's Newton Fund, which is part of the UK's official development assistance. Funders in our partner countries offer similar opportunities to UK researchers. Our Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowship Scheme builds ongoing scientific collaborations between the UK and the Middle East.