Promoting active and healthy ageing is a key concern for individuals, government and society nationally and internationally. Our work covers the whole spectrum of activity from understanding the underlying molecular and cell biological mechanisms of healthy ageing, through research on lifestyle factors and developing interventions, to monitoring healthy ageing across different populations using healthy life expectancy. We utilise a variety of studies and methods to achieve this including clinical trials and analysis of major longitudinal studies of ageing (MRC Cognitive Function and Ageing Study, Newcastle 85+ Study). Our research is conducted in close collaboration with the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre in Ageing & Chronic Disease and the Institute for Health and Society through a Faculty research theme on Ageing, Health and Society.
Our nutrition work includes studies on the biological basis of ageing and ranges from molecular and cell biological studies, through investigations in human volunteers to nutritional epidemiology. We also have a portfolio of research projects in the areas of prevention of common non-transmissible diseases including colon cancer and cardiovascular disease.
Much of our nutrition work is done under the auspices of the Human Nutrition Research Centre which was set up specifically to undertake research into the links between nutrition and health and, in particular, on interventions which could reduce the risk of common non-communicable diseases and so improve public health.