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.
#12 Networking key players together
“The Academy of Medical Sciences’ FORUM provides the opportunity to bring together people with a common passion for treating diseases, whether we are representing academia, industry, the NHS or the wider healthcare sector. I have found discussions with other thought leaders at FORUM meetings incredibly valuable in informing my ideas as I set about building the new Discovery Hub for MSD”
Dr Fiona Marshall FMedSci, VP Head of Discovery Research MRL UK at MSD
The Academy’s FORUM provides a neutral and independent platform for individuals from across academic, industry, NHS, Government, charity, regulatory and wider healthcare sectors to meet and take forward national discussions on scientific opportunities, technology trends and strategic choices for healthcare. The Academy’s FORUM is comprised of 42 member organisations drawn from across the breadth of the life sciences sector.
The FORUM has now run over 40 events on pressing issues for health and biomedical research. These include stratified medicine, early diagnosis of cancer, ageing and real world evidence. FORUM activity on stratified medicine has fed into NHS England’s strategy for personalised medicine, for example, and work on the importance of regional life sciences clusters has fed into work around the Life Sciences Industrial Strategy and of the Office of Life Sciences. Another FORUM meeting explored industry needs around digital capabilities in the NHS, and was used in designing an assessment model for digital maturity of NHS Trusts, commissioned by NHS England.
The FORUM also promotes cutting edge, multi-sector discussion about leading edge science. For example, the 2017 FORUM annual lecture on the mind-body interface brought experts from academia, the NHS and industry together for a stimulating discussion that was covered by widespread UK media including on the front page of the Daily Telegraph, and in the Times, Guardian and Daily Mail.