To celebrate the Academy’s 20th birthday, we have put together a snapshot of 20 of our biggest impacts. To find out more about our 20th celebrations and our future plans, read this blog by our President Professor Sir Robert Lechler, and follow #AMS20 on social media.
The Academy would like to thank all our funders, partners and collaborators, without whom none of this work would be possible.
#11 Improving health of the public research
“Improving and protecting health, today and for future generations, wherever they are in the world, depends on tackling some critical, complex challenges. The spread of drug-resistant infections, improving treatments for mental health conditions, protecting communities from emerging diseases and potential epidemics, and addressing the impacts of climate change are all among the greatest health challenges we face.
“Science is the foundation for bettering health; Academy policy work is helping ensure the research, innovation and diversity essential to support a healthier and fairer future for all.”
Jeremy Farrar FRS FMedSci Director of the Wellcome Trust
In 2016, the Academy asked what research will be needed to tackle the health challenges our society will face in 2040?
Our work, informed by extensive evidence gathering and public dialogue, resulted in a new UK strategic co-ordinating body for public health research. Established in January 2018, this body brings together senior representatives from across the UK research funding landscape. It aims to identify key areas of research which could improve the health of the public and co-ordinate funding in these areas. The report also prompted Public Health England to deliver a number of Regional research workshops as part of its support for the establishment of Regional Hubs of Engagement as proposed in our report. The Academy launched a grant scheme specifically to support researchers whose work aligns with priority areas identified by the Health of the public report.