Faculty of Medical Sciences

Ageing & Vitality

Centre for Ageing and Vitality

We research ageing at the cellular level leading to health and wellbeing as we age.

The Centre for Brain Ageing and Vitality, established in 2008,  was one of three prestigious 'lifelong health' research centres set up to strengthen multidisciplinary and collaborative research in ageing as part of the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing (LLHW) programme funded by the UK Research Councils.

The Centre successfully developed new programmes of research exploring the mechanisms involved in brain ageing and the mechanisms specifically relating to musculoskeletal and brain ageing, with particular emphasis on the effects of diet and exercise. The Centre also trained a large cohort of young scientists whose major focus was ageing research.

The renewed Centre, rebranded the Centre for Ageing and Vitality, will focus on understanding the basic mechanisms of the cellular changes which occur with age, and on developing interventions to promote lifelong health and wellbeing. The Centre will also continue its successful programme training the next generation of scientists and clinicians.

The main aims of the Centre for Ageing and Vitality are:

  • To link together our programmes exploring the role of mitochondria and inflammation in ageing to enable a greater understanding of the human ageing process
  • To investigate the mechanisms through which lifestyle interventions (physical activity and nutrition) modulate ageing in both human and animal models
  • To use this knowledge to improve interventions for lifelong health and wellbeing
  • To train the next generation of researchers in lifelong health


Professor Doug Turnbull
Director of Centre and Professor of Neurology

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