The Academy is committed to tackling public health challenges by helping ensure that the best possible research is generated and subsequently translated into improved health.
In September 2016, the Academy published a report exploring how the UK’s research environment needs to adapt to help meet the complex health challenges of the future. The report, ‘Improving the health of the public by 2040’, concludes that although public health research has provided fundamental insights into human health, there remains much we do not know about the complex array of interlinked factors that influence the health of the public, and about how to prevent and solve the many health challenges we face as a population.
Previously, the Academy has worked on several specific public health issues related to both non-communicable and infectious diseases, such as diabetes and obesity, mental health, alcohol consumption, SARS, H5N1 and pandemic influenza (including a separate project exploring the scientific evidence around the treatment of influenza).
We convene experts to examine the interface between research and public health delivery and consider the associated education and training requirements. For example, in September 2012 we held a roundtable discussion with Dr Tom Frieden, Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We also helped shape the development of Public Health England's (PHE) research strategy by holding two roundtables with Fellows, other experts and PHE in 2013.