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Ageing and Health
Cluster Group

Ageing and Health
Cluster Group

We see new perspectives on ageing and health.

Help us shape positive change in society

We want to grow our community of academics working across ageing and health. We are actively shaping positive change in society.

From genetics to cultural gerontology, can you help us to create a world in which we all live better, for longer?

Living better for longer

We all hope to live long, healthy, and happy lives. For much of the population this isn’t the case. Health, environment, and societal challenges can shorten or reduce quality of life.

One in two of us born after 1960 will be diagnosed with some form of cancer during our lifetime.

3.5 million people in the UK will be affected by a rare disease. 75% of rare diseases affect children. More than 30% of children with a rare disease die before their fifth birthday.

Multi-morbidity increasing

As we live longer, multi-morbidity is becoming increasingly common. There are enormous impacts upon the:

  • individual patient
  • patients' families
  • health and social care system

Disability-free life expectancy varies across the UK. This reflects major health inequalities in our country. Solutions for healthy ageing are often under-funded and under-prioritised.

It’s time this all changed... and this is where you come in

We need to transform our understanding of rare diseases, cancers, multi-morbidity and ageing.

We need to find ways to improve health and wellbeing. We want to reduce inequalities throughout the life course. This will require a multidisciplinary approach, drawing upon areas such as:

  • data science
  • artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • software engineering

We need to take new approaches to tackle spatial and regional inequalities.

We’re recruiting to these opportunity areas*:

  • Spatial and regional inequalities 
  • Rare disease, especially neuromuscular and mitochondrial 
  • Behavioural science 
  • Ageing biology 
  • Paediatric cancer
  • Cancer in older people 
  • Statistical data science 
  • Engineering and artificial intelligence 
  • Software engineering in healthcare 
  • Data security, privacy and resilience in healthcare

* These are broadly conceived areas.