​Board of science overview

The BoS (board of science) promotes the medical and allied sciences, contributes to the development of effective public health policies, and supports medical research.

Location: UK
Audience: All doctors
Updated: Wednesday 23 September 2020
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​The BoS (board of science) plays an influential role in forming government and public opinion on public health issues for the benefit of doctors and patients. We do this via the publication of policy reports, web resources, guidance documents and briefings,

We also award research grants to support doctors in many fields of medical research.


Our priorities

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
  • illicit drug use.


Our people

Being an expert in public health is not essential to being a member of the BoS, we welcome professionals from all different stages in their careers and from all medical backgrounds. The key requirement is to use your professional insight and networks to support the work of the board.

All members are encouraged to contribute and assume various roles as the need arises, such as providing assistance with projects in their area of expertise, or steering the work of the secretariat.

To ensure we have the required expertise, we can co-opt individuals who have a particular expertise. These can be BMA members or external experts. The board also uses expert reviewers for its external publications.

Chair: Professor Parveen Kumar

Deputy chair: Dr J S Bamrah


Voting members
Professor Peter Dangerfield
Dr Paul Darragh
Dr Mary McCarthy
Dr Ram Moorthy
Dr Melody Redman
Professor Michael Rees
Professor Andrew Rowland
Professor Wendy Savage
Mr Gurdas Singh

Non-voting members
Dr Peter Mark Bandele English
Professor Raanan Gillon
Dr Helena McKeown
Dr Chaand Nagpaul
Dr Trevor Pickersgill
Dr David Wrigley

Non-voting co-optees
Professor Gerard Hastings
Dr Philip Steadman

Jacquelyn Adams (BMA patient liaison group representative)

Our meetings

The BoS meets three times a year to discuss and progress the board’s work. Members can either attend in person or via video or teleconference. These meetings are open to committee members only, but non-members can take part in a non-voting capacity via the committee visitor scheme.

Upcoming meetings:

  • Monday 19 October 2020
  • Thursday 4 February 2021
  • Thursday 6 May 2021.

All meetings take place from 2pm to 4.30pm either virtually or at:

BMA House
Tavistock Square

For more information contact [email protected].


Victor Horsley scientific sessions

At the ARM (annual representative meeting), it is customary to hold a series of scientific lectures. The BoS agrees the topics and speakers for these lectures each year, with the aim of providing a variety of debate and knowledge sharing.

At the 2019 ARM, held in Belfast, guests spoke on the following subjects:

  • Professor Sir Mark Caulfield, chief scientist, Genomics England – Transforming the NHS – The 100,000 Genomes Project.

Watch Professor Sir Mark Caulfield's presentation

  • Professor Lesley Regan, president, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – Joining up care across NHS services to support women’s health.

Watch Professor Lesley Regan's presentation

  • Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, chair, Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) – Drug regulation, past, present and future.

Watch Professor Sir Michael Rawlins's presentation

At the 2018 ARM, held in Brighton, the BoS invited the following guests to speak:

  • Dr Sara Hurley, Chief Dental Officer, NHS England – Putting the mouth back in the body
  • Professor Neil Woodford, head of Antimicrobial Resistance and Healthcare-Associated Infections (AMRHAI) Reference Unit at Public Health England – Tackling antimicrobial resistance
  • Professor Linda Bauld, professor of health policy, Stirling University – Challenging the myths and misconceptions on e-cigarettes



Elections to the Board of science are now closed.

The next elections will take place in 2021. 


Get in touch

If you have any questions or are interested in finding out more about the work of the BoS, please contact [email protected].