A series of conversations with distinguished academics hosted by Professor Dame Athene Donald.
What do academics actually do? What motivates them to get out of bed each morning and to deliver what is — or in many cases what isn't — expected of them?
The third in the second series of conversations will be Sally Roberts — Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department of Health and Chief Medical Officer for England.
As a clinician with a background in research, she strives to achieve both a patient-focused and evidence-based approach to health-related policy making.
Her efforts to strengthen the links between clinical medicine and research include the successful establishment of the National Institute for Health Research in 2006, which has transformed the NHS’s approach to clinical and applied research in the UK.
In addition to her advisory role to the UK government, Sally is a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Executive Board and sat on the WHO Advisory Committee on Health Research from 2000–2012. She was awarded a DBE for services to medicine in 2009, and in 2013 she was named the sixth most powerful woman in the UK by BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour.
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