Friday 3 March 2017

The latest in ageing and long term conditions

We’re approaching a busy time for events in ageing and long-term conditions, so here at the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre, we thought we’d provide you with a run-down of everything happening.

The following is a comprehensive list of the events and updates we are aware of in the areas of ageing, dementia, liver disease, musculoskeletal disease, neuromuscular disease and skin and oral disease.

Ageing and health

BBC 3 Free Thinking festival – 17 – 19 March, various times

BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking festival is returning to the Sage Gateshead this month and Newcastle University academics will be playing a key part. Professor Louise Robinson, Director of the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing and member of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre Strategic Advisory group, will be discussing ageing as part of the ‘My body Clock is Broken’ segment. More details

Mortality Review Meeting – 25 May, 9am – 4pm

The mortality review programme of work is supported through the AHSN NENC as part of the Patient Safety Collaborative. Throughout the day you will hear from a range of speakers detailing:

  • findings and learning from our regional mortality review programme;
  • overview of the CQC review into investigations of deaths in NHS Trusts and the new regulations for Trusts to estimate avoidable deaths;
  • implementing the CQC recommendations and new regulations on serious incident investigation at a local level.

In the afternoon there will be practical sessions where you will get the opportunity to discuss and review example cases with national and regional experts. More details 

Raising Standards in Care Homes event – 17 May, 10.15am – 4.30pm

During the last seven years a staggering total of 380 care homes in the UK have been declared insolvent. Recent research undertaken by the BBC suggests that more than a quarter of care homes in the UK are in danger of going out of business within the next three years.

With the aging population growing, this timely symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for health and social services, safeguarding teams, care home managers and other key stakeholders to consider ways to meet the emerging challenges in the social care sector and improve the care provision in these times of austerity. More details

Falls Risk Toolkit

Keele University and Walsall CCG have developed a Falls Risk Toolkit that has been endorsed by NICE. More information 

Creating Active Communities – Investing in National Health and Wellbeing – 21 September

Local Authorities and their partners have the ability to help sport and activity become a habit for life in local communities. With physical inactivity costing the UK Government £7 billion per year and in spite of the best efforts of local authorities many public health outcomes are often not being met. It has therefore never been so critical that all areas of local government and the wider public sector work collaboratively and cross departmentally to ensure the visions developed nationally, regionally, and locally on sport and health policy are delivered upon. More details


Sharing Innovations in Dementia – 23 March

This event is jointly organised by the Academic Health Science North East and North Cumbria, NHS England Northern England Clinical Networks and the Dementia Innovation Hub.

The day will include presentations from: Professor Louise Robinson, Professor of Primary Care and Ageing and Director of the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing, on new aspects of dementia care, and Professor Ian McKeith, Professor of Old Age Psychiatry, Newcastle University on new treatments for dementia. More details

Alzheimer’s Summer School

This 5 day course offers an overview of research design from cellular and animal research through to clinical and general population studies by leading experts in their field. The course includes lectures, workshops and laboratory demonstrations designed to:

– Facilitate understanding of methods outside the student’s discipline

– Develop critical appraisal of research design

– Promote cross-disciplinary research

More details

Neuroscience of Critical Illness: Ageing, Frailty and Resilience – 8 – 9 June

Taking place in Paris, France, this event brings together clinicians and scientists who have a common aspiration to translate discoveries in the neurosciences into better patient-centered outcomes. More details

Dementia Researcher Leaders Award

Alzheimer’s Society is delighted to launch the 2017 Dementia Research Leaders awards, which recognise the contribution that early and mid-career researchers make to dementia research and people affected by dementia. More details


Whole systems musculoskeletal Northern Region event – 24 March, 9.30am – 4pm

The NHS England Long Term Conditions (LTCs) Unit with the National Clinical Director, Peter Kay, are working in partnership with the Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Alliance (ARMA) to deliver a national work programme supporting a strong, cohesive, approach to MSK improvement including networks of care to drive forward local improvements. More details 

Therapeutic Tolerance – 27 – 30 June

In June 2017 we will be hosting our fourth international workshop on Clinical Therapeutic Tolerance. Our workshops take place every four years and focus on therapeutic tolerance ‘in the clinic’, across the fields of transplantation and autoimmunity.  This year we will be receiving reports from some of the first concerted international efforts to switch off unwanted immune responses, as well as updates on the relevant science and, of course, our hallmark and light-hearted debates between international opinion leaders. More details