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MRC Centenary 1913-2013

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

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

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.


Prof Simon Wessely

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.
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