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Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology, The University of EdinburghResearch Funder/Centre

Type of institution

Research centre



The University of Edinburgh-based Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemiology aims to be an international leader in the crucial field of cognitive ageing and the newly emerging field of cognitive epidemiology. The Centre will:

• provide the infrastructure to synergise and support new activities
• afford a step-change in research quality, innovation and productivity
• enhance the training of young non-clinical and clinical scientists
The centre is supported by funding from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC), and the University of Edinburgh as part of the cross-council Lifelong Health and Wellbeing initiative (G0700704/84698).


The Centre's mission is to elucidate the routes to the vulnerable ageing brain, and thus provide information to prevent or ameliorate cognitive disability and its negative consequences for health and wellbeing; to determine the mechanisms by which lower cognitive ability through the lifecourse renders the body vulnerable to ill health and impaired wellbeing; and to provide an outstanding environment for interdisciplinary research training in cognitive ageing and cognitive epidemiology.

Scientific Objectives:

1) Maintain, develop and exploit the unique long-term human cohort studies assembled in Scotland as new national resources to explore lifecourse influences on cognitive ageing and pathways whereby cognitive ability in early life affects later health—cognitive epidemiology.

2) Advance knowledge by research into biological, neurological, genetic, social, economic, and psychological aspects of cognitive ageing in humans and lifecourse mammalian model systems.

3) Develop and evaluate psychological, genetic, other biological, and brain imaging methods to assess, monitor, and prevent or ameliorate decline in mental functions with a view to providing a rational basis for translating this into potential interventions.

4) Build upon MSc courses unique to our Centre, exploiting the university’s resources in innovative methods such as e-learning, to train an essential and novel kind of researcher capable of accessing the best technologies to maximise opportunities for working in multidisciplinary teams in cognitive aging and cognitive epidemiology across clinical and basic science.

Main research areas

The Centre has seven main specialisations:

•Cognitive epidemiology
•Human cognitive ageing
•Stress, hormones and cognitive ageing
•Animal models of cognitive ageing and neural health
•Genetics and statistics of brain ageing
•Human and animal brain imaging

Research disciplines

Basic natural sciences,Medical/Clinical Sciences/Nursing,Social/Behavioral


Mrs Anna Sim (Centre Secretary)


Centre for Cognitive Ageing and Cognitive Epidemio
Department of Psychology
The University of Edinburgh
7 George Square
United Kingdom


+44 (0) 131 650 8275


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