Institute for Ageing

Living Well with Chronic Illness

Research

Living with chronic illness is inevitable as we get older. This was a key finding of our Newcastle 85+ Study. Appropriate early treatment, good quality care and social and emotional support can allow people to manage these conditions and remain independent.

Prevention and new treatments

Our research includes work building on our understanding of the causes of age-related illness to identify new treatments and ways to improve quality of life. Also by exploring people’s needs and preferences we seek to improve the quality and efficiency of their health care.

These treatments often consist of new medicines, but we also have strong research interest in how we can prevent the onset of such illnesses via healthy life style factors such as diet and exercise and movement.

Our work focuses on a wide range of conditions and issues relevant to old age including:

It is important that findings from our work help influence the NHS and the wider world for example helping prevent falls, and ensuring people with dementia get accurate information.

Collaboration

Much of this work is carried out in the context of our collaborations with the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre

It is supported by strong collaboration with our Institute of Cellular Medicine, Institute of Health and Society and with University research centres including the Centre for Ageing and Vitality.

Key staff

Staff working in this area

Dr Ahmed Abd El-Aal
EDA/CAD Systems Specialist

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Dr Clare Abley
Nurse Consultant Vulnerable Older Adults & Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 191 208 3802

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

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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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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 222 5337

Professor Stuart Baker
Professor of Movement Neuroscience

Claire Bamford
Senior Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7047

Dr Anna Basu
Clinical Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Paediatric Neurologist

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Professor Derek Bell
Professor Environmental Political Theory

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7465

Dr Helen Bosomworth
Research Project Manager

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6322

Sue Bradley
Research Associate in Oral History

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3267

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

Dawn Craig
Prof of Practice in Evidence Synthesis

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3800

Ruth Da Silva
Guest Status

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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 Paul Donaghy
Academic Clinical Lecturer

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Telephone: 0191 208 1318

Dr Rachel Duncan
Clinical Senior Lecturer in Ageing Research in Primary Care

Dr Iain Evans
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6245

Professor Catherine Exley
Dean of Applied Health Research and Professor of Qualitative Health Research

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 2085487

Tony Fouweather
Statistician

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3822

Dr James Frith
NIHR Clinician Scientist, Clinical Lecturer, Consultant Physician

Dr Brook Galna
Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1246

Dr Luke Gaughan
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4360

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 Antoneta Granic
Interdisciplinary AGE Research Fellow & Senior Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1112

Professor Barbara Hanratty
Prof of Primary Care & Public Health

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1121

Helen Hanson
Associate Researcher

Dr Spencer Hazel
Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics & Communication

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Telephone: 0191 2086374

Professor Julian Hughes
Visiting Professor

Mary Hull
Teaching Assistant

Dr Will Innes
Associate Clinical Lecturer

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

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8257

Dr Nicholas Kalson
Academic Clinical Fellow

Alison Killen
Research Assistant

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1340

Dr Rachael Lawson
Parkinson’s UK Senior Research Fellow

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1277

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 Fiona Matthews
Professor of Epidemiology

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1120

Professor Hamish McAllister-Williams
Professor of Affective Disorders

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1370

Dr Ruth McAreavey
Reader in Sociology

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Telephone: 0191 208 7494

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

Professor Andrew Mellor
Acting Director of Institute

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8503

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5603

Dr Eugene Milne
Visiting Professor

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Professor Anthony Moorman
Professor of Genetic Epidemiology

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2238

Dr Christopher Morris
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5827

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

Dr Gary Nestor
NIHR CRN Assistant Specialty Cluster Lead

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1334

Dr Lisa Newton
Clinical Research Fellow

Dr Keng Wooi Ng
Lecturer in Pharmaceutics

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 2343


Hon Professor of Head & Neck Surgery

Email: vinidh.paleri@ncl.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 213 7630

Dr Annette Pantall
Newcastle University Research Fellow

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1247

Professor Jeremy Parr
Professor of Paediatric Neurodisability

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 5966

Dr Steve Parry
Clinical Senior Lecturer/Consultant

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 282 5237

Dr Joanne Patterson
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 222 8429

Dr Brendan Payne
Clinical Postdoctoral Fellow

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5295

Professor Ruth Plummer
Clin Prof of Experimental Cancer Med

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 4414

Dr Chris Redfern
Emeritus Professor

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Professor Adrian Rees
Professor of Auditory Neuroscience

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6956

Dr Michael Richardson
Lecturer in Human Geography

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 208 7740

Professor Lynn Rochester
Professor of Human Movement Science

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1291

Professor Helen Rodgers
Clin Prof of Stroke Care

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Telephone: +44 (0)191 20 86779

Dr Arabella Scantlebury
Research Associate

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Telephone: 0191 208 8883

Dr Lisa Shaw
Principal Research Associate

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Telephone: 0191 208 3826

Professor Roderick Skinner
Honorary Professor of Childhood Cancer

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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 Sarah Sowden
NIHR/HEE ICA Clinical Lecturer and Hon Consultant in Public Health

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Professor Konstantinos Stellos
Prof of Cardiovascular Medicine & Epitranscriptomics

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Professor Emma Stevenson
Prof of Sport & Exercise Science

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7865

Dr Eugene Tang
NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow

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Telephone: 0191 208 8758

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

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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 Simon Tual-Chalot
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 241 8690

Dr Ellen Tullo
Lecturer: Ageing Education

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Dr Lucille Valentine
Research Associate

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1694

Dr Quoc Vuong
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 6183

Rebecca Wassall
Clinical Lecturer in Special Care Dentistry

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7471

Dr Janet Webster
Senior Lecturer

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5235

Dr Daniel West
Newcastle University Research Fellow

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Telephone: 0191 2087076

Professor Phil White
Professor of Interventional and Diagnostic Neuroradiology

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 20 86238

Louise Wilson
Network Delivery Manager

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

Dr Simon Woods
Reader in Bioethics. PEALS Executive Director

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3254

Professor Matthew Wright
Professor of Toxicology

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7094

Dr Alison Yarnall
Clinical Research Fellow & Honorary Consultant Geriatrician

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Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1279

Professor Azfar Zaman
Hon Clin Prof of Cardiology

Newcastle 85+ Study

The Newcastle 85+ Study was the first stage of the biggest population-based longitudinal study of health and ageing in the over-85s anywhere in the world. It provided new insights into health factors as the population becomes older.

The study was a flagship programme for the University and the most developed study of its kind in the world.

The 85+ Study aimed to:

  • assess the spectrum of health in the oldest old
  • examine the associations of health trajectories and outcomes with biological, clinical and social factors as the cohort ages
  • identify factors which contribute to the maintenance of health and independence
  • advance understanding of the biological nature of human ageing

The study began in 2006 and was led by Professor Tom Kirkwood. It included a multidisciplinary research team from the former Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle University and a participant cohort of more than 1,000 85-year olds from Newcastle and North Tyneside.

Research findings

The 85+ Study has published a growing stream of research findings. It contributed to a better informed picture of the health and challenges faced by today’s older people. As we followed the participants further into old age the results became ever richer.

Perhaps the best finding of all was summed up in by one of the research nurse team:

“We have helped our participants search for lost glasses, open stubborn jars, change light bulbs, search for escaped budgies, learn a little Braille, fix hearing aids, take out hair curlers and admire endless photographs of grandchildren and great grandchildren.

We have peered into participants’ mouths, exposed their chests, poked needles into their arms, examined the contents of their fridges, made them blow into a cardboard tube until they’re blue in the face and asked them hundreds of personal questions.

Throughout all this they have responded with patience, good humour and at times grim stoicism which is typical of their generation and which makes it a privilege and a pleasure to continue to be part of this study.”

Further information

Find out more on the 85+ Study website.