Institute for Ageing & Health

About Us

The Institute for Ageing and Health (IAH) was founded in 1994 and the vision today remains that of understanding the ageing process and disease mechanisms, and to translate our internationally recognised scientific research excellence and knowledge into healthcare benefits for people in the global community.

The administrative 'hub' of the IAH is based on the rapidly developing Campus for Ageing and Vitality, which provides world class facilities for:

  • Research (basic science and clinical)
  • Training
  • Business engagement
  • Public and patient engagement

The Campus for Ageing and Vitality has a vibrant research environment and an academic building complex committed to delivering high quality translational research. Core to these facilities is the Clinical Ageing Research Unit (CARU), a purpose-built clinical trials unit developed specifically with the older person in mind, and the Newcastle Biomedical Research Building (NBRB), funded in large part by an NIHR capital award. The NBRB is a key infrastructure development in the delivery of Newcastle Biomedicine’s recently renewed and augmented NIHR Biomedical Research Centre in Ageing and Chronic Diseases, and the newly awarded Biomedical Research Unit in Lewy Body Dementias.

The IAH also hosts two important National NIHR Topic-Specific Research Networks, the Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (NIHR-DeNDRoN) and the Stroke Research Network (NIHR-SRN). Both networks are playing a major role in facilitating research in their disease areas across the UK.

The IAH offers a stimulating environment for training and education in basic science, translational medicine and clinical trials. There is a varied academic seminar series, plus other more specialist journal clubs and discussion forums, which cover all aspects of our work.

The research focus of the IAH is ageing and age-related disease and this is relevant to all of us. Thanks to substantial recent investment from national and international funders, the IAH has a momentum that makes it an exciting and stimulating place to be. Our vision and challenge is to translate these precious resources into patient, societal and economic benefits.

Our work contributes to the consistent success of Newcastle University in subjects such as medicine, dentistry and life sciences in the UK and international league tables.