2016 has been a year of great change. It brought challenges and opportunities to the table, many of which will dominate the next year.
As the year comes to a close, our President, Professor Sir Robert Lechler, reflects on what lies in store for 2017, focusing on the challenge of sustaining the NHS, what Brexit means for research and new opportunities for research funding.
While we look forward to the future, it is also a time to reflect on past successes. The Academy's activities in 2016 have seen us make the first awards in our Springboard scheme, complete the pilot year of our SUSTAIN programme; publish reports on ‘Team science’ and ‘Improving the health of the public by 2040’ and providing advice to government and others on research reproducibility, animals in research and of course keeping research in top shape post Brexit.
So it is also a time for a very big thank you to all our Fellows, partners and staff, who have worked to make all of the above (and more) possible.
NHS and clinical research
The Brexit challenge