The Institute for Ageing and Health was created at Newcastle University in 1994. It brings together doctors, scientists and sociologists within a multidisciplinary environment, providing one of the world’s leading critical masses of research on ageing. It is training a new generation of health-care professionals who, informed by cutting-edge research, will deliver the innovations needed to address the health of older people. The Institute’s role has grown in scope, influence and reputation such that the academic research that underpins its programme now lies at the heart of national and international efforts to confront the challenges of ageing and health.
In 2009 Newcastle University was awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its world-leading work in the field of ageing and health.
Areas in which Newcastle University conducts world-leading research include Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia; research on cellular senescence and how it contributes to the ageing of the body as a whole; research on better management and prevention of falls in older people; research on stroke and new ways of treating it quickly; and pioneering ways of addressing the complexity of ageing through partnerships between laboratory scientists and mathematical scientists (systems-biology).