The Academy works across borders and in partnership with the global research community to promote the best possible medical research and so improve global patient health.
The Academy's working group projects convene experts to formulate a general consensus and generate policy and research recommedations backed by scientific evidence. To do this, we allow time for extensive consultation and deliberation throughout the lifespan of these projects.
To date, the international policy team have undertaken two working group study's on the topics of multimorbidity and climate change and health. See an overview of these projects below.
Climate change and health
Measures to tackle climate change could significantly benefit human health in the immediate term, as well as in the longer term. The Academy recently partnered with the Royal Society to publish a working group report exploring the health co-benefits of climate change mitigation policies in the UK. The report, released in October 2021 and aimed at policymakers, calls on the UK government to make sure that the initiatives they establish to tackle climate change are also designed to deliver benefits to health.
Visit our climate change and health webpage for information on the project and to access the final report.
Multiple Long Term Conditions / Multimorbidity
We produced the world’s first comprehensive review on the increasing global problem of multimorbidity, where people are suffering from more than one serious health condition. We highlighted the inadequacy of existing evidence to guide health policy and medical practice, and suggested a series of urgent research priorities. We are now leading as a hub organisation for multimorbidity and our work has already led to a joint funding call in the UK context.
“The Academy’s report on multimorbidity has galvanised policy-makers, funders and researchers to ask, “What can be done to better serve these patients and their families?” Professor Chris Whitty CB FMedSci, Chief Medical Officer
We collaborate with national Academies and organisations around the world on various topics. See below some of our more recent work with our international partners.
Third Human Genome Editing Summit
We are partnering with the Royal Society (lead), US National Academies of Science and Medicine and the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) on the third human genome summit symposium, which has now been postponed to March 2023. Before then, we are currently working with the group on an three part online series of events 'Looking ahead to the Third Human Genome Editing Summit'.
The Academy is working with the National Academy of Science of Sri Lanka (NASSL) on an upcoming workshop on the Long-term social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, taking place on 22-24 February 2022. Visit our webpage for further information and a link to register.
Canadian complex systems project
We partnered with the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences in 2020/21 to produce a report calling for action to improve the use of ‘systems approaches’ to improve global health. The report highlighted next steps for complex systems research and priority areas for advancing this field of research. See our dedicated page for more.
Internal displacement roundtable
In 2020 45 million+ people were internally displaced within their own countries. We worked with the Refugee Law Initiative, at the School of Advanced Study, University of London and the UN Secretary General's High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement to identify key policy and research issues related to the health of Internally Displacement People (IDP) populations. Visit the link for more, including a final report and policy brief.
Work with the US National Academy of Medicine
In January 2019, we partnered with the US National Academy of Medicine to co-host the 2019 Richard & Hinda Rosenthal Symposium on ‘Behaviour change to improve health for all.’ We are continuing are engagement with the US National Academy of Medicine – return to this page for future updates.
Other bilateral work
We also host regular meetings on specific focus topics with medical academies for countries such as China, Brazil, Japan, and more.