Work on the creation of the UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing began in March 2004 and was taken forward by a large team, including a cross-faculty Steering Committee whose membership included Prof Arne Akbar, Prof Ed Byrne, Prof Leon Fine, Prof David Gems, Prof Bob Lieberman, Prof Peter Mobbs, Prof Dame Linda Partridge, Dr Mary Phillips, Prof Mike Spyer, Prof Patrick Vallance and Prof Dominic Withers, with strong support from the then UCL Provost, Prof Malcolm Grant.
The Institute of Healthy Ageing formally replaced the earlier Centre for Research on Ageing in Autumn 2007.
A strategic overview of the activities of the IHA is maintained by the Steering Committee. All PI's within the institute are members of the Steering Committee along with Michael Wright (Executive Officer) and Giovanna Vinti (Laboratory Manager).
Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing
In 2010 Linda Partridge took on an additional role
as a founding director of the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in Cologne, Germany. The close links that have since developed between
the IHA and the MPI continue to help strengthen and enliven both institutions.