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Newcastle expertise helps influence the future of ageing

Experts in ageing research at Newcastle University have advised on key areas of the future of ageing as part of a meeting on longevity and health by The Academy of Medical Sciences.

Covering topics such as frailty, multi-morbidity, the translation of science into patient care, health technology, nutrition in older adults and the prediction of healthy ageing, the academics from Newcastle University added their knowledge and expertise at the meeting to produce the subsequent report ‘Influencing the Trajectories of Ageing’.

The report was the result of the Academy’s latest FORUM meeting which is an event aimed at catalysing connections across industry, academia and the NHS.
‘Influencing the trajectories of ageing’ FORUM meeting took place on 16th September 2016 and involved the participation of five Newcastle University age-related research experts.

The focus of ageing research in Newcastle

Director of Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, Professor Louise Robinson played an instrumental role in the discussion.  

Professor Robinson is Professor of Primary Care and Ageing at Newcastle University and took part in a panel discussion at the FORUM event on, ‘How can the health and social care system benefit from translating this science’. This debate is a key area of focus for Newcastle University whose three Societal Challenge Themes are a focussed way for the institution to address key global challenges in society through ground-breaking research.

Emeritus Professor Thomas Kirkwood was co-Chair of the meeting, as well as taking part in a panel discussion on ‘What are the implications for predicting longevity and health?’

Professor Avan Aihie Sayer, Director of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre presented on the latest in multimorbidity and frailty research. As well as leading the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre, Avan Sayer is Professor of Geriatric Medicine, a clinician and a leading figure in frailty and sarcopenia research.

Also present at the event and included in the discussions were Newcastle University Professors Michael Catt, Professor of Practice in Health Technology and John Mathers, Professor of Human Nutrition.

Ageing cohort studies

The report also featured insights into Newcastle’s 85+ study; a longitudinal cohort study which began in 2006 by Professor Kirkwood and funded initially by the MRC.

The 85+ Study is the largest and most detailed investigation to date of the biological, social and medical factors influencing the trajectories of health of the fastest growing, but seriously neglected, segment of the population. Results gathered over the past decade have allowed academics in Newcastle to determine biomarkers, as well as epidemiological insights into ageing, which supports ongoing work in this field.

Visit the Academy of Medical Sciences site to view the report. 

published on: 21 December 2016