How to measure progress | Dr Elizabeth Tayler

Dr Elizabeth Tayler, AMR Secretariat, WHO, discusses the framework for AMR monitoring and evaluation developed by the WHO, the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). Read more about the Academy’s work to stop superbugs through international collaboration: https://acmedsci.ac.uk/policy/policy-projects/antimicrobial-resistance This talk was given as part of the Hamied … Read more How to measure progress | Dr Elizabeth Tayler

Work-life balance as a doctor and researcher #medscilife

Dr Sarah Alderson is a GP and medical researcher in Yorkshire who is also a knitting and crochet designer. Here Sarah explains why she values time beyond work, and how part-time working helps her find her work-life balance. Explore Sarah’s original knit and crochet designs on her website: http://www.aldersign.com/ Find out more about Sarah’s medical … Read more Work-life balance as a doctor and researcher #medscilife

Medtronic CEO: Transforming healthcare with medical technology

Dr Omar Ishrak explores the history of Medtronic as the world’s largest medical device company, its approach to medtech technology, and the importance of continuous innovation, invention and disruption. For the 16th annual FORUM lecture, the Academy of Medical Sciences was delighted to welcome Dr Omar Ishrak, Medtronic Chairman and CEO, to deliver a keynote … Read more Medtronic CEO: Transforming healthcare with medical technology

Adventures in academia: my research career | Dr Katherine Sleeman

Dr Sleeman shares her personal journey in research, with inspiring stories and advice for early career clinical academics. “My career has been such a zig-zag: in fact, I would say it’s been characterised by extremes. From success to failure: from moments of absolute clarity to long periods of deep uncertainty, and from motivation to frustration.” … Read more Adventures in academia: my research career | Dr Katherine Sleeman

Identifying biological pathways to Alzheimer’s | Dr Judith Harrison

Dr Harrison outlines research into connecting genetic data about Alzheimer’s disease risk with structural brain changes, as part of a wider project to use biomarkers to better stratify patients with Alzheimer’s Disease – and so ultimately enable more personalised treatments. In this short expert talk, Dr Harrison presents an analysis of structural brain imaging data … Read more Identifying biological pathways to Alzheimer’s | Dr Judith Harrison

What’s the best pregnancy length for healthy twins? | Dr Sarah Murray

Dr Murray has tracked outcomes for over 43,000 twins born in Scotland over the last 35 years to find the best time for delivery, balancing the risks of stillbirth against the risks of death in the first few weeks of life. Twins are a very high-risk pregnancy, with a 3x higher risk of being stillborn … Read more What’s the best pregnancy length for healthy twins? | Dr Sarah Murray

Rare genetic changes behind severe obesity | Dr Tessa Cacciottolo

Dr Cacciottolo’s research focuses on cellular mechanisms which are disrupted in people with severe obesity due to rare genetic mutations. In this short expert talk, ‘Rare variants in Steroid Receptor Coactivator (SRC-1) associated with severe obesity’, Dr Cacciottolo explains her work on the homeostatic mechanisms regulating body weight. In particular, she is using mouse models … Read more Rare genetic changes behind severe obesity | Dr Tessa Cacciottolo

Blood vessels & hypospadias | Dr Lucas-Herald

Dr Lucas-Herald presents research on the causes of hypospadias, a congenital problem affecting a boy’s penis which affects around 1 in 300 male babies. Boys born with hypospadias may not be able to pee standing up, and later may also have difficulties with maintaining an erection and having sex unless the problem is treated, usually … Read more Blood vessels & hypospadias | Dr Lucas-Herald

Global mental health challenges and priorities

Mental health and substance use disorders make up the greatest economic cost of non-communicable diseases in low- and middle-income countries. Together with the Inter Academy Partnership for Health, we convened a workshop to discuss the challenges and priorities for global mental health in the SDG era. Read the full report: https://acmedsci.ac.uk/file-download/48863619 Read more about this … Read more Global mental health challenges and priorities

Newly discovered T-cells in newborns | Dr Abhishek Das

Dr Das presents his research into a new type of T cell abundant in unborn children but not in adults, and their potential role in preventing infection in newborn children. 50% of all deaths in children under five occur within the first 28 days of life, and half of these are caused by infection. This … Read more Newly discovered T-cells in newborns | Dr Abhishek Das

Obstructive sleep apnoea & fatty liver disease | Dr Jonathan Hazlehurst

Dr Hazlehurst presents research on the nature of the connection between obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) and fatty liver disease. Obstructive sleep apnoea (or apnea) is characterised by upper airway obstruction during sleep resulting in intermittent hypoxia. Obstructive sleep apnoea is well-known to be associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but is also connected … Read more Obstructive sleep apnoea & fatty liver disease | Dr Jonathan Hazlehurst

Modafinil benefits for depression | Dr Muzaffer Kaser

Dr Kaser presents his research into using the drug modafinil to help improve decision-making in patients with depression. Depression is typically associated with issues such as low mood, sleep disturbances and appetite problems. But some of the most persistent and long-lasting issues facing patients with depression are cognitive problems involving concentration, memory and decision-making. These … Read more Modafinil benefits for depression | Dr Muzaffer Kaser

Protecting patients with cardiovascular disease in intensive care | Dr Annemarie Docherty

Dr Docherty’s research examines optimal care practices for patients who are admitted to intensive care with pre-existing cardiovascular disease. Around 7 million people in the UK have cardiovascular disease, including more than 1 in 4 people in hospitals’ intensive care units. The heart muscle’s extremely high oxygen demands make the organ particularly vulnerable to becoming … Read more Protecting patients with cardiovascular disease in intensive care | Dr Annemarie Docherty

Understanding the mutations behind colorectal cancer | Dr Kate Marks

Dr Marks is researching how to diagnose colorectal cancer earlier by investigating mutation rates in the normal bowel mucosa. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer type in the UK, and the key to improving outcomes is early diagnosis. For patients diagnosed with Stage 1 disease the five year survival rate is 95%, however … Read more Understanding the mutations behind colorectal cancer | Dr Kate Marks

Death & dying public engagement work | Academy of Medical Sciences

With an ageing population and demographic changes, the number of people dying each year in the UK is only set to increase. The Academy of Medical Sciences’ new public engagement project on death and dying, ‘The Departure Lounge’, aims to contribute to the growing conversation around death and dying. By breaking lingering taboos, the Academy … Read more Death & dying public engagement work | Academy of Medical Sciences