FORUM events

FORUM events promote multi-sector discussion about cutting edge science and its potential consequences and applications.

Formats range from invited lectures to symposia, roundtables and workshops, offering opportunities for debates and discussions on current policies and practices. They also provide a platform for promoting partnerships and networks, as well as joint actions by key stakeholders from across the life sciences sector.

The FORUM has now run over 50 events on pressing issues for health and biomedical research and policy. These include themes from across the whole translational pathway for medical interventions, from preclinical and discovery science (Delivering novel therapies in the 21st century, Bridging the preclinical-clinical boundary), to clinical trials and new sources of evidence (adaptive trials, real world evidence, clinical trials endpoints) through to the regulation and adoption of new technologies into the NHS (regulatory science, accelerating access).

We've worked with partners across the life sciences sector to deliver influential reports that have guided the thinking of the decision makers across the system and fed directly into key Government strategies such as the Life Sciences Sector Deals and Vision, departmental priority areas such as the Rare Disease Roadmap and the Healthy Ageing Grand Challenge, and supported internal projects by partners such as the Medical Research Council (multiple-long term conditions), Cancer Research UK (early detection and diagnosis) and the National Institute for Health and Care Research (adaptive clinical trials).

Our events typically take the form of invitation-only workshops, but we also hold public seminars and conferences.

2024 FORUM Sir Colin Dollery Lecture: Health research where you are – from GP to care home
Early detection of neurodegenerative disease in primary care and the community

2023 FORUM Sir Colin Dollery Lecture: How to innovate in health – applying implementation sciences
Understanding pregnancy: baby steps to developing drugs for pregnancy-specific conditions
Accelerating safe and effective adoption of artificial intelligence in the healthcare system: learning by doing
Enabling environmentally sustainable biomedical research

FORUM workshop on cross-sector mobility
FORUM Sir Colin Dollery Lecture 2022: Pharmacogenomics, personalisation and public health
FORUM: Clinical trials for rare and ultra-rare diseases

Antimicrobial resistance research: learning lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic
Women's Health: a life course approach
The 2021 FORUM Sir Colin Dollery Lecture - Showcasing the UK's scientific contributions to tackling the pandemic
Diagnostics: Building capacity and capability in the UK
FORUM Networking event: Understanding chronic pain
Advances in antimicrobial innovation
FORUM networking event 2021
Building a sustainable UK diagnostics sector
Academy of Medical Sciences FORUM and MHRA joint roundtable on Regulatory Science
From bedside to bench: experimental medicine and clinical insights for understanding chronic pain

Precision prevention for modifiable health risks
2020 FORUM Annual Lecture 'technology to support sustainability of health and social care systems'
Patient and public involvement and engagement during the COVID-19 pandemic: developments, learnings and creating a better system
Healthy ageing conference
Multimorbidity: Cross-sector opportunities for developing new interventions for patients with multiple long-term conditions

2019 FORUM Annual Lecture
The UK clinical research skills base
Adaptive trials: acceptability, utility and versatility
The future of gene therapies: next steps for the UK

2018 FORUM Annual Lecture - ‘Transforming healthcare through engineering and technology’
FORUM networking event
Delivering novel therapies in the 21st century
Real world evidence scoping roundtable
Early detection and diagnosis research in cancer
Bridging the preclinical-clinical boundary: How can we ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of discovering and developing medicines?

Digital maturity of local health and social care systems: the industry perspective
FORUM 2017 Annual Lecture
Personalised psychiatry
Accelerating access to medical innovation: a research agenda for innovation science
Looking to the future: endpoints in clinical research
Exemplar clinical pathways for a stratified approach to respiratory disease
Geographical clusters follow-up

UK drug discovery landscape
Health economics for stratified medicine
Regulation and governance of health research: five years on
Exemplar clinical pathways for a stratified approach to cardiovascular disease
FORUM Annual Lecture 2016
Influencing the trajectories of ageing

Exemplar clinical pathways for a stratified approach to diabetes
FORUM Annual Lecture 2015
Real world evidence
Stratified, personalised or P4 medicine: a new direction...
Geographical clusters

Data in safe havens
Health apps: regulation and quality control
Patient adherence to medicines
Open Innovation in the NHS
FORUM Annual Lecture 2014

Establishing high-level evidence for the safety and efficacy of medical devices and systems
2013 Annual Forum Lecture: The changing pharmaceutical industry and the opportunity for precision medicine

2012 Annual Forum Lecture: Frameworks of the Regulation of Medicinal Products - Opportunities and Challenges

2010 Annual Forum lecture: The importance of regulatory science to the healthcare portfolio

2009 Annual Forum lecture: UK life sciences - ensuring a healthy future

2008 Annual Forum lecture: The UK pharmaceutical industry - what does the future hold?

2007 Annual Forum lecture: The highs and lows of academic-industrial collaborations

2006 Annual Forum lecture: The human genome - realising the pharmaceutical opportunities

2005 Annual Forum lecture: cancer research in the UK - areas of optimism & concern

2004 Annual Forum lecture: Can Europe compete in biomedical research?

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