2024 FORUM Sir Colin Dollery Lecture: Health research where you are – from GP to care home



14.30 – 17.00, Monday 3 June

30 Euston Square London

More health research in primary and community care settings could improve access to research participation, leading to better health outcomes for all.  

To consider these opportunities, a series of short talks and a panel discussion will explore conducting health research in different primary care and community settings, chaired by Professor Sir Aziz Sheikh OBE FRSE FMedSci, Professor of Primary Care Research and Development & Dean of Data at the University of Edinburgh.

This free event is open to all and will take place in-person at 30 Euston Square in London (and online). A drinks reception for attendees and speakers will follow.

To register to attend online, please click the button below. There are limited in-person spaces remaining. To register to attend in-person, please click on this link to register to attend in-person.

Health research is crucial for any society aiming to improve people’s health and wellbeing. It is essential when developing novel diagnostics, treatments, vaccines, and technologies. Participating in health research can give people early access to beneficial treatments. It to life-saving discoveries such as the COVID-19 vaccine.  

Conducting research in more ‘local’ primary and community settings such as general practices, care homes, pharmacies, opticians and dentists could improve peoples’ access to participation in studies. Improved access is particularly important for people from under-represented communities. Research in primary care and community settings could enable recruitment at first point of care before illness has progressed, aiding studies on prevention and population health.

However, there are challenges to conducting health research in primary care and the community. These include the limited capacity and resource of practitioners to engage in research. There are often less opportunities to take part in research for primary care and community practitioners. They may have to contend with a lack of research infrastructure and complex services. This event will consider how to overcome some of these challenges, so the exciting opportunities can be fully realised.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Simon Royal GP, Primary Care Specialty Lead, NIHR Research Delivery Network (East Midlands); Chair of the Research Strategy Group, NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Integrated Care Board 

  • Dr Natalie Vassilouthis, Global Medical Lead (RSV), Sanofi

  • Emily Ahmed, Peer Research Manager, Newham Public Health; Freelance Co-Production Consultant; PhD Researcher, University of Warwick

  • Ruby Nayyar, Community Researcher, Newham Public Health

  • Professor Laura Shallcross, Professor of Public Health & Translational Data Science, University College London

A networking and drinks reception will follow for in-person attendees.

For further information, please email forum@acmedsci.ac.uk.

The FORUM Sir Colin Dollery Lecture is named in honour of Sir Colin Dollery FMedSci. In his role as Treasurer in 2003, Sir Colin was instrumental in the creation of the FORUM.

The FORUM Sir Colin Dollery Lecture is part of the Academy’s FORUM programme, which provides a neutral and independent platform for individuals from across academia, industry, the NHS and Government, and the wider healthcare sector, to meet and discuss opportunities, technology trends and strategic choices for healthcare. 


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