Through the publication of policy reports, web resources, guidance documents and briefings, we play an influential role in forming government and public opinion on public health issues for the benefit of doctors and patients. We also award research grants to support doctors in many fields of medical research.
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We maintain an influential role in forming opinion on issues of interest to the health of the public. This includes major work areas such as alcohol and tobacco control, diet and physical exercise, transport and road safety, and illicit drug use.
Our members regularly identify key public health issues of interest to the profession. These can originate through the BMA’s Annual Representative Meeting (ARM), via the branch of practice committees or through direct contact with Board members.
Why is it important that the BMA does this work?
Doctors may feel unable to affect the underlying causes of the problems they see on a day-to-day basis. As the leading professional organisation for doctors in the UK, the BMA represents the collective voice of the profession in improving and protecting public health.
By working together through medical associations and special interest groups, doctors can be powerful and effective lobbyists in informing and influencing public health policy.
The cost of the Board of Science for all its work is approximately 1.14 per cent of member’s subscription monies, equivalent to around £4.50 a year for a member paying full subscription rates.
Who we are
Professor Parveen Kumar, Chair
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The Board operates a visitor’s scheme open to all BMA members. This is a great opportunity to experience the workings of the Board and discover more about the BMA’s role in improving and protecting the health of the public. The scheme is operated on a first come, first served basis. Please contact us if you are interested in finding out more about the Board’s visitors scheme.
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The BMA is a democratic organisation and members are encouraged to get involved by standing for election to the Board of Science at the ARM.
There are a number of routes to attend the ARM including via a BMA Divisional seat, from regional or national councils, or through a branch of practice.
Members can also sign up as a ’Friend of the Board of Science’ to receive a regular bulletin on the current work of the Board of Science.
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Publications from the Board of Science
Since the 1970s, the Board of Science has published reports on a broad range of topics, from gambling addiction and domestic violence to child and adolescent mental health.
Longstanding work streams include tobacco, alcohol and obesity.
Read more about our work on these key issues
If you would like access to a publication that is not available online, please contact the Board of Science by email at [email protected]
- Alcohol and young people
- Biotechnology, weapons and humanity
- Boxing packs a punch
- Cycle helmets
- Growing up in Britain: ensuring a healthy future for our children
- The impact of genetic modification on agriculture, food and health
- Bloodborne viruses and infection control: a guide for healthcare professionals (interactive CD-ROM)
- Domestic violence: a health care issue?
- Health and environmental impact assessment: an integrated approach
- Road transport and health
- School sex education: good practice and policy
- The misuse of drugs
- Therapeutic uses of cannabis
- A guide to hepatitis c
- Driving impairment through alcohol and other drugs
- Reporting adverse drug reactions
- Sport and exercise medicine: policy and provision
- Strategies for national renewal: a BMA commentary on the report of the commission on social justice
- A code of practice for implementation of the UK hepatitis b
- Alcohol: guidelines on sensible drinking
- Immunisation guidelines for the protection of patients and staff
- Inequalities in health
- Multicultural health care: current practice and future policy in medical education
- Promoting the medical and allied sciences. a short history of science at the BMA
- The BMA guide to rabies
- Age of consent for homosexual men: a scientific and medical perspective
- AIDS and you game: interactive computer version
- Environmental and occupational risks of health care
- Water: a vital resource
- Complementary medicine, new approaches to good practice
- Hyperbaric medicine facilities in the UK
- Immediate care schemes
- Living with risk: educational game
- The boxing debate
- The morbidity and mortality of the medical profession
- A stressful shift educational video package
- Chemicals, pesticides and human health
- Cycling: towards health and safety
- Preventing cancer educational video package
- Stress and the medical profession
- AIDS and you - an illustrated guide
- Hazardous waste and human health
- Helping Harry educational video package
- A code of practice for the safe use and disposal of sharps
- BMA guide to living with risk
- The future of medical scientific research
- A code of practice for sterilisation of instruments and control of cross infection
- AIDS and you: educational game
- Infection control: the BMA illustrated guide
- The BMA guide to alcohol and accidents
- Casualty selection after nuclear attack
- HIV infection and AIDS
- Medicines in developing countries
- The drinking driver
- AIDS and you - an illustrated guide
- Deprivation and ill-health
- Immunisation against hepatitis b
- Irradiation of foodstuffs
- Living with risk
- Medical implications of biological and chemical warfare
- Medical libraries - a users guide
- Surrogate motherhood
- All our tomorrows: growing old in Britain
- Alternative therapy
- Cervical cancer and screening in Great Britain
- Diet, nutrition and health
- Third statement on acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- The long-term environmental and medical effects of nuclear war
- Second statement on acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- Young people and alcohol
- Board of Science and Education working party report on air transportation of the sick and injured
- Board of Science and Education working party report on notifiable diseases
- Cigarette advertising and smoking: a review of the evidence
- First statement on acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- Report on investment in the UK Tobacco Industry
- When smoke gets in your eyes - cigarette advertising policy and coverage of smoking and health in women’s magazines
- The medical effects of nuclear war
- Primary health care teams