To mark the Centenary year of the Medical Research Council, we surveyed a range of people in the public eye – scientists and non-scientists alike – and asked two important 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?
But now we want to know what you think. In partnership with The Times and Cheltenham Science Festival we’re on a hunt for the nation’s most significant medical innovation – and we want to hear from you.
Which medical discovery has meant the most to you (and why) and what would you most like to see over the next century? Perhaps you agree with celebrities such as Stephen Fry and Dermot O’Leary that antibiotics have been the most important medical innovation. Or maybe you think that vaccines have been the biggest step forward. And what about the future? Do you agree with BBC Medical Correspondent Fergus Walsh and Science Minister David Willetts that tissue regeneration will change our lives in the next 100 years or do you think researchers will finally be able to cure cancer?
Just tell us your top medical innovation of the past and your hopes or predictions for the future – in anything from one word to a hundred. If you need some inspiration, take a look at the timeline of medical discoveries from the last 100 years.