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Academy of Medical Sciences plans rapid-response team

The Academy of Medical Sciences should have a rapid response team so it can react to policy issues while they are still live, its new president Robert Lechler has said.

In an interview with Research Fortnight, Lechler—an immunologist who took over the presidency from John Tooke on 4 December—said that the academy should be the “go-to place” for ministers as soon as an issue arises.

Lechler says that the rapid-response team could be a small group of people who “are not going to produce the biblical article on the subject but will produce something really useful to politicians to navigate a complex topic”.

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