Professor Avan Sayer

Professor Avan Sayer, Director

Professor Sayer is the Director of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre and Professor of Geriatric Medicine at Newcastle University. Additionally, she is Honorary Consultant in Geriatric Medicine with the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

Avan leads an internationally recognised research programme on sarcopenia and frailty with particular focus on how to translate understanding about mechanisms into improved diagnosis, treatment and prevention across the life course. She is at the forefront of the field of Geriatrics and Gerontology, internationally for her work on ageing, sarcopenia and frailty. She was previously an MRC Principal Investigator, Programme Leader and Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit, University of Southampton, where she now holds a Visiting Professor position.