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Prof Sir John Tooke and Prof Sir Robert Lechler, outgoing President and President-elect of the Academy of Medical Sciences

This briefing was the final chance for a discussion with John Tooke as President of the Academy and an opportunity to meet Robert Lechler who begins his five-year term as President on December 3, taking over from John Tooke who was elected in 2011.

Both at the forefront of their respective medical fields, this briefing provided the chance to hear from Robert Lechler and John Tooke on issues including:

  • Key issues in medical research and how they can be approached by the Academy.
  • Current controversies in medical sciences such as the debate on statins, industry funding of science, animal research and the Saatchi bill.
  • Past achievements of the Academy under Sir John’s Presidency.
  • Challenges for the future both for medical research and for the Academy.



Professor Sir Robert Lechler FMedSci, President-elect of the Academy of Medical Sciences and Vice-Principal (Health) at King’s College London and Executive Director of King’s Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre.

Professor Sir John Tooke PMedSci, outgoing President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, former Vice Provost of UCL, Head of the UCL School of Life and Medical Sciences and Head of the UCL Medical School

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