Helix Group impacts, 2017

It is a tribute to members of the Helix Group that the Academy has had its most productive year in our two decade history. We have provided more funding and career support to medical scientists than ever before, and have had a significant influence on policy in the UK and internationally.

Funding from Helix Group members has helped us to nurture talented early career researchers, helping them take important steps towards becoming established independent researchers.  Academy awardees Dr Sian Henson, Senior Lecturer at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, and Dr Athanasios Saratzis, Academic Clinical Lecturer in Vascular Surgery at Leicester University and the NIHR Leicester Biomedical Research Centre, have spoken to the Academy about how Helix support has helped their career. 

Sian and Athanasios have also featured in the 2017 Helix Newsletter and will give short talks at the 2017 Helix Group Reception where Professor Raymond Dolan FRS FMedSci delivered the keynote. 

To view their full Academy profiles please follow the links on the below images. 

 Dr Sian Henson Dr Athanasios Saratzis Professor Raymond Dolan FRS FMedSci

(From left to right, Dr Henson, Dr Saratzis and Professor Dolan)  

We have achieved a tremendous amount over the last year thanks to the support of our Helix Group members, donors and funders, to whom we are most grateful.

  • Informing discussions on safeguarding biomedical research after Brexit, including as part of Government’s High Level Group on Brexit and research.
  • Awarding £6million of grants funding to 126 biomedical and clinical researchers at critical points in their career through four major grants schemes.
  • Launching a second round of SUSTAIN to support 20 women researchers as they establish their independent research careers.
  • Pairing over 120 early career researchers with Academy Fellows in our mentoring scheme, bringing the total mentoring pairs to over 700.
  • Holding a record seven FORUM meetings in 2016/17, to link academia, industry and the NHS, covering a diverse range of topics from health economics and stratified medicines to regulation and governance of health research.
  • Connecting over 70 alumni of the Daniel Turnberg Travel Fellowship Scheme at a major conference in Cyprus.
  • Delivering our first global health policy workshop, on multimorbidity in South Africa.
  • Engaging the public, patients & healthcare professionals in dialogue to inform our major policy projects on evidence, and on the health of the public.
  • Securing actions based on the recommendations of our policy reports on Team Science and Research Reproducibility.
  • Through the Newton Fund and Global Challenges Research Fund, we are delivering ODA-supported schemes that reach out to our international community, and have attracted applications from 47 DAC-listed countries.
  • Launching our #medscilife campaign to celebrate the diversity in medical science and share real life experiences of researchers, visit: www.medscilife.org


If you would like to join the Helix Group please visit our donate page to join today. 

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