Research & Innovation
Our research on ageing extends across all three Faculties, having the greatest concentration within the Faculty of Medical Sciences which in recent years has adopted Ageing as its over-arching research priority.
The high standing of the University’s research on ageing is recognised internationally and in 2009 was awarded The Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.
The University was early to recognise the growing importance of ageing with the formation in 1994 of the Institute for Ageing and Health, a forerunner in its field now recognised as one of the leading institutions globally.
Over the last 20 years the Institute for Ageing and Health has made some vital scientific breakthroughs which have contributed to our growing knowledge of ageing, including:
- 2001 - researchers discovered a way of enhancing nature's genome repair toolkit, found in the cells of all mammals, by boosting levels of a specialised protein which mends damaged strands of DNA
- 2006 - the University launched its unique 85+ study, which aims to study those born in 1921, the only study in the world to do so in such detail. It has already uncovered surprising facts about health and quality of life for people over 85, and will continue to do so in coming years.
- 2010 - a major scientific paper helped to shed light on the reason why we age. The team at IAH discovered the precise molecular pathways that react to cell damage and stop them being able to divide. This finding could reap benefits in years to come, with potential new treatments for fighting age related diseases.