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The Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle UniversityResearch Funder/Centre

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Research centre



The University of Newcastle upon Tyne established the Institute for Ageing and Health in 1994. It brings together clinical, basic, social and computer scientists, engineers and other researchers in partnership with colleagues in the National Health Service and older people. The IAH builds upon a long tradition of outstanding clinical research on age-related disorders. In recent years the Medical Research Council has invested over £6 million to develop research on brain ageing and dementia within the IAH.


Determining the basic biological mechanisms of ageing and establishing why aged cells and tissues become more vulnerable to disease. Understanding the determinants of healthy ageing and preventing the main causes of chronic ill health and disability in later life. Measuring the costs of age-related ill health and frailty so that effective use can be made of resources. Measuring the effectiveness and efficiency of care delivery systems for older people and developing innovative forms of care and support for independent living. Understanding social factors which influence the experience of ageing and the quality of life of older people. Improving training, information and advice to the providers of care to older people.

Main research areas

Research is co-ordinated in five multi-disciplinary themes:

•Biology of Ageing - telomere biology, mitochondrial biology, genomic stability and evolutionary biology
•Experimental Medicine and Clinical Translation for Patient Benefit - dementia / neurodegenerative disease, cardiovascular ageing, mitochondrial dysfunction, diabetes, liver, musculoskeletal diseases in ageing, vision
•Nutrition, Lifestyle and Oral Health
•Ageing Health and Society - including the Newcastle 85+ Study
•Technology for an Ageing Population - bioengineering, pervasive computing, communications, signal processing and sensors

Research disciplines

Basic natural sciences,Medical/Clinical Sciences/Nursing,Social/Behavioral,Economics,Demography,Engineering/Technology/Architecture


Professor Jim Edwardson


Institute for Ageing and Health
University of Newcastle
Wolfson Research Centre
Campus for Ageing and Vitality
Newcastle upon Tyne
United Kingdom


+44 (0) 191 248 1300


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