Addressing health challenges

Our Fellowship work with expert researchers, patients and the public to select and assess key biomedical research and health topics.  

Explore the tabs below or find our work on other areas via the menu (including animals in researchCOVID-19 policy, biomedical and health careers, funding and regulation, and work on international health topics such as climate change and multimorbidity). Visit our policy projects directory for a full list.

“The Academy can be relied upon as an authoritative and trusted source of independent expert comment to help navigate the complex questions that science seeks to address.” Professor Dame Sally Davies, former Chief Medical Officer

We work on the fundamentals of public health: research, evidence and trust. 

While public health research has provided fundamental insights into human health, there is much we do not know. Our major 2016 report, Improving the health of the public by 2040, explored how to change our research environment to generate the evidence we will need in the future.

In 2017 we published a major report on examining how we can all best use evidence to judge the potential benefits and harms of medicines. Millions of us take medicines every day and scientific research has given us more treatments than ever before. Our report scrutinised how we can all be supported to make better judgements about the benefits and harms of medicines. Subsequently, the Medical Research Council published a Charter for their engagement with industry and the Bioindustry Association produced a best practice guide to help bioscience companies share work, both responding to our recommendations in this area. 

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Supporting environmental sustainability in biomedical research

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2024 FORUM Sir Colin Dollery Lecture: Health research where you are – from GP to care home

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Mentoring Masterclass - June 2024

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