Exploring climate and health with next generation research leaders

The UK Academy of Medical Sciences is collaborating with the US National Academy of Medicine on a new bilateral policy project, which offers research leaders of the future the opportunity to gain policy experience and to connect with international peers.  

This project was designed for researchers and other professionals working in the health research sector, who are interested in engaging with policymakers and translating their research into benefits for society.   

18 future research leaders affiliated with the US National Academy of Medicine and the UK Academy of Medical Sciences have been selected to participate in the project, which started in March 2024.  

Our future research leaders join us from a range of professional backgrounds, all with an interest in tackling one of the world’s most pressing global health challenges, climate change and health.   

Running until March 2025, the project will provide the future researcher leaders with skills and experience in policy influencing in the UK and the US, whilst bringing them together to work on the topic of climate change and health.   

Using their skills and experience, the future leaders will work as a group to propose policy actions that the health research sector could take to address the challenge of climate change.   

The Academy of Medical Sciences are working with Chris Hanley, (Director, Grand Challenge on Climate Change, Human Health, and Equity) and Gregg Margolis (Health Policy Fellowships and Leadership Programs) at the National Academy of Medicine to deliver this project.

This project is funded by the International Strategic Partnership Fund (ISPF).   

Our participants join us from a range of professional backgrounds and sectors, including academia, industry, health services and public health.  

Read our participants' full bios

Julia Wilson (Co-chair), Associate Director and Deputy Chair of the Sanger Institute Leadership Team  

Dr Ying Ying Goh (Co-chair), Director and Health Officer of the City of Pasadena Public Health Department  

Dr Akshar Abbott, Director at Community for Innovation in Vision Care (CIVIC) 

Dr Deepa Jayakody Arachillage, Honorary Senior Lecturer and MRC CARP Fellow at Imperial College London  

Dr Peter Bannister, Managing Director at Romilly Life Sciences  

Dr Amy Booth, Medical Practitioner and DPhil Candidate at the IRIHS Research Group, University of Oxford 

Dr Claire Bourke, Senior Lecturer in Immunobiology at the University of Glasgow 

Dr Alice Bowen, Royal Society/EPSRC Dorothy Hodgkin Research Fellow at the University of Manchester  

Dr Kai Cheong, Honorary Clinical Assistant Professor in Paediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) 

Dr Yutong Cai, Lecturer in Environmental Epidemiology at the University of Leicester  

Dr Ehsan Hoque, Associate Professor of Computer Science at the University of Rochester  

Dr Jerreed Ivanich, Assistant Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health  

Dr Ruth Payne, Senior Clinical Lecturer at the University of Sheffield  

Dr Jenny Rivers, Director of Research and Development, Barts Health NHS Trust  

Dr Sally Hargreaves, Associate Professor in Global Health at St George's Hospital, University of London  

Dr Chinmoy Sarkar, Associate Professorat the Department of Urban Planning and Design, University of Hong Kong  

Dr Allison Squires, Professor and the Director of the Global Consortium of Nursing and Midwifery Studies (GCNMS) at the NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing  

Professor Tony Yang, Associate Dean at George Washington University  

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