Global Challenges Academy

Global Ageing

Global Ageing

Our ageing research at Newcastle University is linking us with researchers and health organisations across the world in order to reduce health inequalities, promote healthy ageing, and to ensure we all live better for longer.


Find out more about our projects.


Our partners

  • National Institute for Health Research
  • Lewy Body Dementia Association
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Alzheimer’s Research UK
  • World Health Organisation
  • Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kings College London
  • Newcastle University Medicine Malaysia
  • University of Malaya
  • Health Action by People
  • Monash University
  • Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University College, Tanzania
  • Muhimbli, Tanzania
  • St Laurence Diabetes Centre, Tanzania
  • The Aga Khan University, Tanzania
  • Spritan Missionary Seminary University, Tanzania
  • Medical College Trivandrum, India
  • Indian Institute of Science, India
  • St John's Medical College Hospital, India
  • The University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Tumaini University in Kilimanjaro region, Tanzania
  • University College Hospital, Nigeria
  • Centre for Control and Prevention of Zoonoses, Nigeria
  • Mawenzi Regional Referral Hospital
  • Machame Lutheran Hospital, Hai district
  • Hai District Hospital, Boman’gombe, Kilimanjaro
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK

Newcastle University staff

Dr Michaela Goodson
Dean of Research


Professor Carol Jagger
AXA Prof of Epidemiology of Ageing

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1117

Dr Andrew Kingston
Newcastle University Research Fellow

Telephone: +44(0)191 20 85668

Professor Ian McKeith
Professor of Old Age Psychiatry

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1312

Dr Suzanne Moffatt
Reader in Social Gerontology

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5005

Professor Paula Moynihan
Prof of Nutrition & Oral Health

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8241

Dr Stella Paddick
Training Fellow

Professor Dame Louise Robinson
Professor of Primary Care and Ageing; Regius Professor of Ageing

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7013

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 1140

Dr Blossom Stephan
Senior Lecturer

Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 3811

Professor Richard Walker
Consultant Physician (Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust) and Honorary Professor of Ageing and International Health (Newcastle University)

Telephone: 0191 293 2709

Dr Heather Yemm
Research Associate (DePEC)

Telephone: 0191 208 5237


Global Challenge

We are living longer. This trend is set to continue, and we will soon reach a situation where we have a disproportionately large number of older people globally. This raises some significant challenges. Particularly for health, care, physical and social infrastructure, and the structures and services needed to support the population balance.

For our global ageing research, we're particularly concerned with health and healthcare in low to middle-income countries as the challenges faced by society as a result of population ageing will happen across a much shorter time span. This is compared to developed communities that have been taking shape across a number of decades. 

How we are making a difference

  • Understanding more about the biological processes involved in ageing and disease.
  • Developing mechanisms to identify disease biomarkers for age-related illnesses to aid faster diagnosis.
  • Creating interventions and care packages that can be used in primary care settings, that will improve and extend healthy life for all people.
  • Exploring a range of technological, social and environmental methods of improving health, wellbeing and accessibility for the older population.

Where we are having an impact



Read and download our publications:

  • The Effect of Nutrient Fortification of Sauces on Product Stability, Sensory Properties, and Subsequent Liking by Older Adults

    Date Published: 8 April 2015 Read more
  • Effect on Caries of Restricting Sugars Intake: Systematic Review to Inform WHO Guidelines

    Date Published: 9 December 2013 Read more
  • Effectiveness of dietary interventions among adults of retirement age: a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials

    Date Published: 8 April 2014 Read more
  • Prevalence of Loss of All Teeth (Edentulism) and Associated Factors in Older Adults in China, Ghana, India, Mexico, Russia and South Africa

    Date Published: 28 September 2015 Read more
  • Diagnosis and management of dementia with Lewy bodies

    Date Published: 4 July 2017 Read more
  • Core outcome measures for interventions to prevent or slow the progress of dementia for people living with mild to moderate dementia: Systematic review and consensus recommendations

    Date Published: 29 June 2017 Read more
  • Development of a core outcome set for disease modification trials in mild to moderate dementia: A systematic review, patient and public consultation and consensus recommendations

    Date Published: May 2017 Read more
  • End of life care for people with dementia: The views of health professionals, social care service managers and frontline staff on key requirements for good practice

    Date Published: 16 June 2017 Read more
  • Cognitive stimulation therapy in dementia care: exploring the views and experiences of service providers on the barriers and facilitators to implementation in practice using Normalization Process Theory

    Date Published: 13 July 2017 Read more
  • Adaptation and validation of the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale – Cognitive (ADAS-Cog) in a low-literacy setting in sub-Saharan Africa

    Date Published: 27 March 2017 Read more
  • Barriers to access to education for young people with epilepsy in Northern Tanzania: A qualitative interview and focus group study involving teachers, parents and young people with epilepsy

    Date Published: 7 June 2017 Read more
  • Cognitive screening tools for identification of dementia in illiterate and low-educated older adults, a systematic review and meta-analysis

    Date Published: 9 March 2017 Read more
  • Cognitive stimulation therapy as a sustainable intervention for dementia in sub-Saharan Africa: feasibility and clinical efficacy using a stepped-wedge design

    Date Published: 22 February 2017 Read more