Skip to main content

The McArdle Debate Series

Perspectives on Ageing Better; an evening of discussion and discovery.

Held in honour of Helen McArdle CBE and chaired by Professor David Burn (Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University), the next event in the McArdle Debate Series will bring together leading international experts in the field of ageing and health. 

The event will include a panel discussion, audience questions and an informal networking reception.

We'll be joined by Professor Rose Gilroy (Professor of Ageing, Policy & Planning at Newcastle University), Professor Lynne Corner (Director of VOICE & COO of the National Innovation Centre for Ageing) and Barbara Douglas (Executive Officer at Newcastle Elders Council) who will explore:

  • The all-important question of 'what is ageing?'
  • The challenges and opportunities presented by an ageing society
  • What does the future of care look like?
  • How can we live longer and healthier lives?

The debate series was established in 2019 in recognition of the multi-million pound donation to Newcastle University from leading entrepreneur and philanthropist, Helen McArdle, in order to support pioneering research addressing the priorities of an ageing society.

The event acknowledges and celebrates the family's ongoing support and provides an opportunity for the wider public to learn about the University's work.

You can find out more about Helen McArdle and read bios for our panellists below.

Please note if you are unable to join us on campus, we will be livestreaming the event via Zoom so you can still listen in and share your thoughts on the day. Please let us know when you register if you’ll be joining us in-person or virtually.


Date: Tuesday 27 June 2023

Panel discussion: 18:00 - 19:00 (BST)

Networking reception: 19:00 - 20:00 (BST)

Location: The Catalyst, Newcastle University and live streamed online via Zoom

Helen McArdle CBE

Helen's support is changing the future of ageing and her donation is enabling Newcastle University to continue to be a global leader in ageing research. Thanks to Helen our research will continue to put the needs and perspectives of older people first. Our academics and clinicians will continue their vital research into critical subjects allied to ageing, like cognitive impairment and dementia, healthy life expectancy, assistive technologies and the built environment, the cost of care and the experience of carers.

The Helen McArdle Atrium is the publicly accessible area within the Catalyst Building. This building is host to three centres of innovation and excellence; the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA); the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD); and the National Institute for Health Research Innovation Observatory. All three centres are helping to bring applied and translational researchers into close and effective dialogue with older citizens, ensuring that scientific research is focused on the end-user, and informed by their needs and wants.