Academia Europaea Position Paper on Translational Medicine published in leading open access journal

Academia Europaea Position Paper on Translational Medicine published in leading open access journal


The paper has been published in the Journal of Clinical Medicine, following a Consensus Workshop on ‘Frontiers in Translational Medicine’ at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences in Budapest last year.

About the paper

Translational Medicine (TM) is gaining prominence in medicine as a way to bring together basic researchers, clinicians, industry partners and policy decision makers to turn scientific knowledge into innovative therapies, medical procedures and diagnostics that benefit patients and healthcare systems, and become everyday best care practice. This multidisciplinary approach presents many challenges, and therefore Academia Europaea has launched a project to develop a model to facilitate and accelerate the utilisation of scientific knowledge for public and community benefit. 

The paper describes the development of the new model, including a renewed definition of Translational Medicine and a TM cycle that encompasses four elements: healthcare, science, knowledge and communication, all of which must be applied to achieve healthcare improvement. The paper serves as a basis for rethinking Translational Medicine, with the end result of enabling more efficient and cost-effective healthcare.

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New open access journal FUNCTION launches operations, with a review published on the potential of oral mouthwash to reduce Covid-19 transmission

New open access journal FUNCTION launches operations, with a review published on the potential of oral mouthwash to reduce Covid-19 transmission



We are delighted to announce that the new open access journal FUNCTION has published its first articles, with an inaugural editorial by Editor-in-Chief Ole Petersen and a review led by Cardiff University’s Professor Val O’Donnell on a possible means of reducing Covid-19 transmission through the use of oral mouthwash.

In his inaugural editorial, Professor Petersen has announced that the American Physiological Society’s new peer-reviewed open access journal FUNCTION, published in partnership with Oxford University Press, is now operational and ready to receive submissions. The first to be published is a review into the potential of oral mouthwash to reduce Covid-19 transmission in the early stages of infection.  The review has been conducted by researchers from Cardiff University’s School of Medicine led by Professor Val O’Donnell, along with the universities of Nottingham, Colorado, Ottawa, Barcelona and Cambridge’s Babraham Institute, and  included virologists, lipid specialists, microbicide and healthcare experts.  

The review shows previous studies where chemicals commonly found in mouthwashes, such as low amounts of ethanol, povidone-iodine and cetylpyridinium damage the lipid membranes of several enveloped viruses. More research is needed to show whether this could also be effective in reducing SARS-CoV-2 transmission in the early stages of infection. 

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Wider health effects of COVID-19 response: Co-authored by Martin McKee MAE

Wider health effects of COVID-19 response: Co-authored by Martin McKee MAE



Martin McKee MAE has co-authored a paper entitled ‘Mitigating the wider health effects of covid-19 pandemic response’

Professor Martin McKee MAE

Countries around the world have imposed social distancing and movement restrictions to control the Covid-19 pandemic. These measures are effective in limiting disease spread but produce negative effects on the economy and health of the population. 

This paper analyses which groups in society are most vulnerable to the effects of both the pandemic and the social distancing measures and offers actions that could reduce the harmful indirect effects of the pandemic.

The open access paper was published by The BMJ – a leading medical research journal.

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From Research to Public Health Policy by Professor Martin McKee MAE

From Research to Public Health Policy by Professor Martin McKee MAE



Professor Martin McKee tells us about his passion for Public Health, his role at the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies and his latest research on the adverse effects of movement restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.



About Martin McKee

Martin McKee is Professor of European Public Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM). He qualified in medicine in Northern Ireland and later trained in public health in London. He is Research Director of the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies. He has published over 1,180 scientific papers and 46 books on health and health policy with a particular focus on countries undergoing political and social transition. He is a Fellow of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of LondonEdinburgh, and Ireland. His contributions to European health policy have been recognised by election to the UK Academy of Medical Sciences, the US National Academy of Medicine and other academies. He was elected to the Academia Europaea in 2018. 

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Professor Richard Thompson OBE elected to the fellowship of the Royal Society

Professor Richard Thompson OBE elected to the fellowship of the Royal Society




The Royal Society has announced that Marine Biologist and World Expert on Plastic Pollution, Professor Richard Thompson OBE, has been elected to their Fellowship



On 29th April, the Royal Society announced that that more than 60 exceptional scientists have been elected as Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society. Richard Thompson was among those listed.

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Lord Robert May MAE 1936–2020

Lord Robert May MAE 1936–2020




Former UK Chief Scientist, past President of the Royal Society and Member of Academia Europaea, Lord Robert May, has died, aged 84



Lord May was Chief Scientific Advisor to the UK Government from 1995 to 2000 and Head of the Office of Science and Technology. He was the President of the Royal Society from 2000 to 2005. An Australian scientist, his fields of scholarship included animal population dynamics, biodiversity and theoretical ecology.

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Understanding asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by Professor Peter Barnes MAE

Understanding asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease by Professor Peter Barnes MAE


Peter Barnes’ research is focused on cellular and molecular mechanisms of asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and developing therapies for these diseases

About Peter Barnes

Peter Barnes is Professor of Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute and Honorary Consultant Physician at Royal Brompton Hospital, London. He has worked as a respiratory scientist for over 40 years and was Head of Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College from 1987 to 2017. He has been the most highly cited respiratory researcher in the world over the last 30 years (h-index = 185) and recently ranked as 4th most highly cited researcher in the world across all areas. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Academy of Medical Sciences.  He was elected a Member of Academia Europaea in 2012.

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Making decisions at times of uncertainty, by Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE

Making decisions at times of uncertainty, by Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE



Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE tells us about his research on decision-making under conditions of uncertainty, and his contribution to the recent evidence review on ‘Making Sense of Science for Policy’, coordinated by Academia Europaea.

About Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE

Nils-Eric Sahlin
Photo courtesy of Mikael Risedal

Professor Nils-Eric Sahlin MAE is the former Chair of the Swedish Research Council’s Expert Group on Ethics and a current member of the European Group on Ethics in Science and New Technologies (EGE).  He was a member of the SAPEA international working group that produced the Evidence Review Report, Making Sense of Science for Policy under Conditions of Complexity and Uncertainty (SAPEA, 2019), which was coordinated by Academia Europaea.





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