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Ageing Syndromes: About

This cross-cutting theme draws on experimental medicine expertise in our other five research themes, as well as building on Newcastle’s international reputation for basic science, epidemiological and clinical ageing research, to help us to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of ageing syndromes.

The theme is led by the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) Director, Professor Avan Sayer, who has international recognition for her research on the role of skeletal muscle in ageing, health and disease. Her leadership has allowed the delivery of a step change in our capacity to translate the understanding of biological ageing into advances in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of sarcopenia, frailty and multimorbidity.

This has been supported by significant partnership investment, as exemplified by two senior strategic appointments: Miles Witham, Professor of Trials for Older People and Honorary Consultant Geriatrician, and Sian Robinson, Professor of Lifecourse and Lifestyle with a background in nutritional epidemiology.