Addressing health challenges

Our Fellowship of the UK's leading experts select and assess key biomedical research and health topics.

“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

Explore the tabs below for an overview of our work, or explore other major work areas via the top menu such as animals in researchCOVID-19 preparedness and response, biomedical and health careers (including NHS research, team science and research culture) funding and regulation, and work on international health threats such as climate change, antimicrobial resistance and multimorbidity. Visit our policy projects directory for a full list.

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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Mentoring Masterclass - December 2021

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Annual Fellows' Meeting and Jean Shanks Lecture 2021

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From bedside to bench: experimental medicine and clinical insights for understanding chronic pain

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