Institute for Ageing

Ageing Across the Life-Course

Research

We conduct research which aims to enable people to experience healthier as well as longer lives.

Our research recognises the importance of social, economic, environmental and individual lifestyle factors that impact on health across the life course. It encompasses the ageing experience from pre- retirement (for example the LIVEwell project) to the oldest old – the Newcastle 85+ Study. Recognising that inequality of opportunity creates and embeds inequalities in health, we seek to identify and implement interventions aimed at tackling disparities in health including access to resources.

Our theme members come from a wide range of disciplines including nutrition, exercise physiology, psychology, sociology, gerontology, philosophy, oral health and computing science. We have close collaborations with the:

Key staff

Staff working in this area

Professor Ashley Adamson
Professor of Public Health Nutrition and NIHR Research Professor

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5276

Professor Joy Adamson
Prof of Applied Health Research & Ageing

Professor Avan Sayer
Director, NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre & Professor of Geriatric Medicine

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Dr Anna Basu
Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

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Professor Melissa Bateson
Professor of Ethology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5056

Dr Simon Bomken
Clinical Fellow & Honorary Consultant

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4300

Sue Bradley
Research Associate in Oral History

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3267

Dr Heather Brown
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6281

Dr Helen Close
Senior Research Methodologist & Hub Lead

Professor Che Connon
Professor of Tissue Engineering

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Telephone: T: 0191 241 8623 M: 0793 1093 063

Professor Eric Cross
Professor of Music and Culture

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6536

Dr Bruce Davenport
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 2425

Dr Karen Davies
AGE Resource Manager

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1112

Dr Sheena Ramsay
Clinical Senior Lecturer

Dr Iain Evans
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6245

Dr Matt Flynn
Principal Res Associate

Telephone: 01912081729

Tony Fouweather
Statistician

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3822

Professor Lynn Frewer
Professor of Food & Society

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8272

Dr Brook Galna
Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1246

Andrew Geddis-Regan
Academic Clinical Fellow and Speciality Trainee in Special Care Dentistry

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Telephone: 0191 208 8188

Dr Grainne Gorman
Clinical Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6365

Dr Spencer Hazel
Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics & Communication

Email:
Telephone: 0191 2086374

Professor Julian Hughes
Visiting Professor

Professor Carol Jagger
AXA Prof of Epidemiology of Ageing

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1117

Dr Djordje Jakovljevic
Senior Lecturer (Research) in Cardiovascular Ageing and Heart Failure

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8257

Dr Nicholas Kalson
Academic Clinical Fellow

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Professor Ilias Kyriazakis
Prof of Animal Health & Nutrition

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6859

Professor Ann Le Couteur
Professor of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 2821398/2821384

Dr Jennifer Liddle
Senior Research Associate

Professor Jelena Mann
Professor of Epigenetics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5902

Dr Carmen Martin-Ruiz
Senior Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2481107

Professor John Mathers
Professor of Human Nutrition

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1133

Dr Ruth McAreavey
Senior Lecturer in Sociology

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 7494

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 1396

Dr Giles McCracken
Clinical Senior Lecturer/Consultant

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8194

Professor Janice McLaughlin
Professor of Sociology

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7511

Dr Eugene Milne
Visiting Professor

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Dr Suzanne Moffatt
Reader in Social Gerontology

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5005

Professor Paula Moynihan
Prof of Nutrition & Oral Health

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8241

Dr Kianoush Nazarpour
Reader in Biomedical Engineering

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6860

Professor Daniel Nettle
Professor of Behavioural Science

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8993

Dr Lisa Newton
Clinical Research Fellow

Dr Annette Pantall
Newcastle University Research Fellow

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1247

Professor Jeremy Parr
Professor of Paediatric Neurodisability

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 5966

Coline Poirier
Newcastle University Research Fellow

Email:
Telephone: 0191 208 8210

Professor Adrian Rees
Professor of Auditory Neuroscience

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6956

Dr Michael Richardson
Lecturer in Human Geography

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7740

Professor Thomas Scharf
Prof of Social Gerontology

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5329

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1140

Professor Roderick Skinner
Honorary Professor of Childhood Cancer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 9421

Professor Falko Sniehotta
Prof Behaviour Medicine & Health Psychol

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3815

Dr Blossom Stephan
Senior Lecturer

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3811

Professor Emma Stevenson
Prof of Sport & Exercise Science

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7865

Dr Richard Thomson
Clinical Sub-Dean: Northumbria Base Unit and Sub-Dean for Staff Development

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5020

Dr Adam Todd
Reader in Pharmaceutical Public Health

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2355

Dr Ellen Tullo
Lecturer: Ageing Education

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Dr Elizabeth Veal
Reader in Molecular Biology

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7596/7444 (lab)

Dr Quoc Vuong
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6183

Dr Daniel West
Newcastle University Research Fellow

Email:
Telephone: 0191 2087076

Professor John Wildman
Professor of Health Economics

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1640

Louise Wilson
Network Delivery Manager

Email: lou.wilson@nhs.net
Telephone: 0113 8253016

Dr Simon Woods
Reader in Bioethics. PEALS Deputy-Director

Email:
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3254

LiveWell

The LiveWell Programme is a multi-disciplinary collaboration based in Newcastle University and funded by the UK Research Councils and Health Departments through the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing (LLHW) initiative.

The programme aims to develop and pilot an integrated suite of life-style based interventions to promote health and well-being in later life.

There is very good evidence indicating that behavioural factors (smoking, diet, alcohol consumption, physical activity) and social conditions are strongly associated with health and wellbeing in later life. However, there is very little evidence of practical interventions that can promote improved health and wellbeing in later life.

The LiveWell Programme is designed to address this research gap by developing interventions that are expected to be feasible, effective, and cost effective, ie behavioural and social changes that can be incorporated into everyday life.

In addition, we will identify tools to characterise and measure the healthy ageing phenotype (HAP) which represents the highly preserved physical, physiological and cognitive functions, allowing an individual to withstand the negative impact from diverse environmental factors on health and the ageing process.

Focusing on the 'retirement window'™ ie the period before and after the retirement of the individual, we will develop interventions which will address each of the main behavioural and social factors which are likely to be modifiable. This will include novel interventions in the areas of diet, physical activity and social interactions.

We will integrate these new interventions with more established interventions on smoking cessation and moderation in alcohol consumption to develop a package which can be tailored to the needs of individuals and communities.

We will develop novel ways of delivering these which will be feasible and cost-effective and which will encourage sustained behaviour change and improved social circumstances.

Further information

For more information please visit the Livewell website