Conference of medical academic representatives COMAR 2018

The theme for this year is future leadership at all levels.

Date: 20 April 2018

Location: London

Time: 9:15AM - 6:00PM

COMAR is the BMA's policy forum for medical academics. 

We welcome doctors engaged in medical research and medical education in higher education institutions, in the NHS and in industry. All doctors engaged in this work at all stages of their career are invited to put themselves forward to attend. 

You do not need to be a BMA member to be able to attend.


Marcia Schofield, chair of COMAR on why you should attend

COMAR provides an opportunity each year for medical academics representing their institutions or regions and nations from across the UK to discuss key issues, network, share experiences and set priorities for and elect members to MASC (medical academic staff committee) for the coming year.

The aim is to ensure high levels of participation throughout the day.

The programme for the day will include:

  • Keynote address from Sir Michael Hirst, past chair of Diabetes UK and immediate past president of the International Federation, followed by a Q+A session
  • Opportunities to submit and debate motions on issues affecting medical academics, giving you the chance to decide which issues are important and to influence the BMA’s work in the coming year
  • Roundtable discussions on key issues facing medical academics with colleagues and national MASC representatives on key issues.
  • A panel discussion on leadership including the speakers listed below.



  • Sir Michael Hirst, past chair of Diabetes UK and immediate past president of the International Diabetes Federation
  • Dr Pӓivi M Paldάnius, global medical director of cardiometabolic disease, Novartis
  • Professor Kevin Davies, responsible officer and professor of medicine, Brighton and Sussex Medical School

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Expenses and accommodation – applicable to BMA members only

Reasonable standard class travel expenses will be reimbursed for attendees on production of receipts. You are asked to make every effort to book tickets in advance, and make use of the cheap deals that are available. If in doubt, please contact [email protected] prior to making your travel arrangements.

You must gain advance approval if you need to claim for accommodation. Accommodation expenses will be reimbursed up to a maximum of £205.00 per night.

Please note that the cost of overnight stays will only be met if it is necessary for the attendees to leave home before 6.30am or arrive back at home later than 11pm. If you require the BMA to cover the cost of your overnight accommodation, you must email your request in advance to [email protected].


Attending the conference

Places at the conference are now open on a first come first served basis until the relevant places are filled.

Attendance is free to BMA members and costs £40 for non-members and includes refreshments and a delegate pack.

Non-members are entitled to the BMA rate if they join the BMA when registering. For further information about this call BMA conferences on 020 7383 6819/6137.

If for any reason after registering you should find yourself no longer able to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so your place can be allocated to someone else.


Setting the agenda

You may submit motions on any topic you think would be of interest and relevance to medical academics. The deadline for receipt of motions is noon, Friday 23 March.

For further information on how to submit a motion please email us

You may also stand for election to be a member of the conference agenda committee responsible for planning the 2019 event.

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