Friday 1 December 2017

Sarcopenia and Frailty Research Special Interest Group launched at recent British Geriatrics Society National Meeting

Professor Avan Sayer and her team led the first one day meeting of the new Sarcopenia and Frailty Special Interest Group (SIG) as part of the British Geriatrics Society (BGS) Autumn Meeting.

The British Geriatrics Society (BGS) Autumn meeting toook place at ExCeL London 22nd – 24th November and welcomed around 1000 UK and international geriatricians, nurses, AHPs and ageing researchers.

The event was themed around the role of exercise in sarcopenia and frailty, and was hugely oversubscribed with waiting lists in operation for each session. Professor Avan Sayer took part in the opening talks chaired by Dr Miles Witham of the University of Dundee and delivered an overview of sarcopenia and frailty. Later on in the day, Professor Sayer and Dr Witham held the Sarcopenia and Frailty SIG Annual General Meeting to a packed out room. Professor Sayer commented:

“There was a better than expected turnout to this first one day meeting of the SIG, and we couldn’t have asked for a better reception.

As a clinician, it is very encouraging that colleagues in healthcare for older people are keen to be part of discussions about this important area of medicine. I see from my own experience in clinical practice that there is an increasing need for better understanding of ageing syndromes such as sarcopenia and frailty.”

Professor Sayer is a Consultant Geriatrician with Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and a Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Newcastle University. She also leads the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre, which focuses on improving lives through world-class research in ageing and long-term conditions.

She added: “It is also positive for our research that so many of our colleagues at this event expressed a need to learn more about these challenges. Our translational health research for older people across the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre is responding to important unmet need in the UK and it is encouraging that momentum is building for developing academic capacity and collaboration in this under-researched area.”

The BGS Sarcopenia and Frailty Research Special Interest Group plan to follow this successful event with a stand-alone meeting in 2018.