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Academy welcomes the Dowling review

Today, Dame Ann Dowling DBE FRS FREng, President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, will give evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on her review of business and university collaborations.

Sir John Tooke FRCP PMedSci, president of the Academy of Medical Sciences, said:

“The Dowling review has highlighted, in its recommendations, many of the concerns we expressed in our input to the review and we are confident that their adoption will greatly improve the quality and number of collaborations between academia and industry.

“On many occasions we have stressed that the cultural gap that currently exists between researchers working in industry, academia and the NHS can undermine trust. Scientists working in and with industry may be challenged on their integrity and such collaborations are sometimes perceived as detrimental to an academic career, discouraging researchers from pursuing this path.

“I am therefore particularly pleased to see several recommendations offering practical solutions to these issues and very much hope the Science and Technology Committee will recommend their implementation.

“It is also very encouraging that the review recommended that the Government consider the NHS as an integral part of the UK innovation framework, supporting it in becoming an early adopter of innovative research and technology. I anticipate that such an emphasis would improve the standing of the NHS as a place to conduct research and help attract more talented researchers into its ranks. ”


For further information, please contact:
Giorgio De Faveri at the Academy of Medical Sciences
T: 0203 1762 180 M: 07885903528 E:

Notes for Editors

1.    The Academy of Medical Sciences is the independent body in the UK representing the diversity of medical science. Our mission is to promote medical science and its translation into benefits for society. The Academy’s elected Fellows are the United Kingdom’s leading medical scientists from hospitals, academia, industry and the public service. We work with them to promote excellence, influence policy to improve health and wealth, nurture the next generation of medical researchers, link academia, industry and the NHS, seize international opportunities and encourage dialogue about the medical sciences.

2.    As part of its contribution to the review, the Academy hosted a dinner with Dame Ann on 9 April to further discuss barriers to collaboration in the medical sciences. A brief meeting note is now available to download.



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