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AMSlive 2020 - short talks with big impact

Discover cutting-edge science with our Fellows and early career scientists. AMSlive showcases some of our amazing researchers through powerful ten minute talks.

At the Academy, we work with some of the UK's most exciting up-and-coming researchers alongside world-renowned medical experts. AMSlive offers our researchers a platform to share their work more widely. Learn about HIV vaccine trials, supporting new parents, artificial intelligence in healthcare, product design and interpreting risk and more in these five newly released talks, available to watch in full below and on our YouTube channel.

Life after your first baby - supporting new parents | Dr Nisreen Alwan

Dr Nisreen Alwan is Associate Professor in Public Health at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton. She is an Academy Springboard Health of the Public 2040 awardee, and has also taken part in the Academy's SUSTAIN programme which supports female researchers to thrive.


How to make decisions about treatments | Professor Deborah Ashby OBE FMedSci

Professor Deborah Ashby OBE FMedSci is Director of the School of Public Health at Imperial College London, and President of the Royal Statistical Society. A Fellow of the Academy since 2012 and a mentor through our acclaimed mentoring scheme, she attended our showcase for Academy women experts at the BBC in 2018 and has used her work on the benefits and costs of treatments to feed into Academy policy reviews on the governance and regulation of medicines, and a major policy report on the best use of evidence.


Design through partnership | Professor Fiona Denison

Professor Fiona Denison iwas Director of the Edinburgh Tommy’s Centre for Maternal & Fetal Health and Professor of Translational Obstetrics at the University of Edinburgh. She was passionate about interdisciplinary research, and is part of the pilot cohort for the Academy’s FLIER leadership programme to develop future leaders in innovation, enterprise and research. This talk was filmed in January 2020. Sadly, Professor Fiona Denison died in January 2022. Read more about her life and scientific achievements in this obituary on the University of Edinburgh website: 


Saving lives with Super Mario Bros, dating apps, & medical data | Dr Dennis Wang

Dr Dennis Wang is a Senior Lecturer in Genomic Medicine in the Departments of Computer Science and Neuroscience at the University of Sheffield. He's part of our most recent cohort of Academy Springboard grant awards, which provide £100,000 over two years and a personalised package of career support to help newly independent biomedical scientists launch their research careers.


My search for an HIV vaccine | Professor Jonathan Weber FMedSci

Professor Weber, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London, reflects on 40 years at the front line of looking after and researching treatments for patients with HIV and AIDS. A Fellow of the Academy since 2000, he has served on the Academy’s Council, helped oversee election to the Fellowship through our Sectional Committees, and guided young scientists through our acclaimed mentoring scheme.


These five talks were recorded this January in front of a live audience of Academy friends and supporters in an evening hosted by award-winning science journalist, Linda Geddes.

The Academy is a charity, and the funding we recieve from donations enables us to maintain our authority and independence in addressing unmet challenges in the biomedical sciences. We were delighted to be able to host some of our core supporters, the Helix Group, to this recording of AMSlive. To find out more about supporting the Academy's work, visit the Helix Group page

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