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Ageing and Health


Ageing and Health

Addressing the national and global challenges associated with an ageing population.

Leading globally in ageing research

We are a global leader in ageing research. We work across the full spectrum of age-related challenges including:

  • discovery science
  • ground-breaking translational ageing studies
  • social and economic aspects
  • the built environment
  • innovative products and services
  • policy



Our history of research and experience in ageing gives us a clear perspective on cradle to grave issues. We have a well-practised ability to take discoveries from the laboratory into the clinic and into the community.

We address the national and global challenges associated with an ageing population. We work through our people, our place and partnerships.

Collaboration for improved ageing

Our NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is one of our partnerships with Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). We have a long history of excellence in translational research. We are one of a small number of university and NHS partnerships to have been awarded NIHR BRC status in every funding round since 2007.

There are 20 BRCs across England. The Newcastle BRC is the only one with a focus on converting lab-based research around ageing and long-term conditions, into practical and meaningful benefits for patients, the public and the health and care system.

Find out more about NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre 

We are one of only eight Academic Health Science Centres in the UK. This means we bring the region's world-class research, NHS and city partners together. This centre is key to addressing health and social inequalities.

In 2016 we were the first University to become a partner of the International Longevity Centre, the UK’s specialist think tank on the impact of longevity on society.

Our Future Homes Alliance is developing new housing solutions for our ageing society. 66 homes are being developed at our Newcastle Helix site. The development has been conceived as an example of sustainable urban housing, with flexible living space to suit residents’ changing needs. Homes will feature innovative concepts such as moveable partitions. Rooms and layout can be configured to suit the changing needs of different households.

National Innovation Centre for Ageing

We host the National Innovation Centre for Ageing. The team works with business to seize the economic opportunities of demographic change.

It is also home to VOICE. VOICE is a global community of patients, carers and other citizens.

They share their lived experience to focus research and development on needs and priorities.

Find out more about the National Innovation Centre for Ageing

The Catalyst building, home of the National Innovation Centre for Ageing. Image credit: Mark Slater
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