MRC Centenary poll
As part of the MRC Centenary celebrations, leading UK scientists and well-known public figures were asked two questions.
Q1: What medical advance from the past 100 years has had the greatest impact?
Q2: What do you think will be the most important medical discovery in the next 100 years?
King’s staff and alumni were among those who responded. This is what they said:
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell FRS Vice Chancellor, University of Manchester, King’s College London alumna:
Q1: Safe anaesthetics.
Q2: Increase in healthy lifespan.
Professor Mike Richards CBE National Clinical Director for Cancer, Department of Health and Sainsbury Professor of Palliative Care, King's College London:
Q1: The discovery of the link between smoking and cancer.
Q2: Understanding the genome.
Professor Sir Simon Wessley Chair of Psychological Medicine and Vice Dean, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London:
Q1: The randomised controlled trial, because it allows us to evaluate properly all the other discoveries and advances.
Q2: It’s been half a century since the last genuine new drug treatment in psychiatry – we need another one.
What would you say?
Answer the MRC Centenary public poll.