Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care


Ageing Research Group

The Ageing Research Group is dedicated to advancing research in the field of ageing with a multidisciplinary approach.


We aim to contribute significantly to the understanding of ageing-related processes and their implications on health, longevity, and well-being. A major component of our work involves the collection and analysis of data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA). Our mission is to conduct cutting-edge research, collaborate with leading institutions, and leverage existing datasets to generate insights into the ageing process and its associated factors. We strive to translate research findings into actionable strategies for promoting a better later life.


Gateway to Global Aging Data

Academic Team Members

Professor Paola Zaninotto, Director
Professor Andrew Steptoe, Deputy Director
Dr Giorgio Di Gessa

Research Team Members

Dr Shaun Scholes
Dr Brian Beach
Dr Rina So
Dr Jessica Gong
Dr Darina Peycheva
Dr Shabina Hayat
Dr Mikaela Bloomberg
Dr Sarah Assaad

Support team members

Kate Coughlin ELSA Project Manager
Najma Hussain ELSA Administrator

Research Themes

Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
Wellbeing and Healthy Ageing
Environmental Health
Genetics and Proteomics
Lifestyle Factors
Paid and unpaid caregiving
Work and retirement 
Cross-national research

PhD students

Jessica Kurland
Natalie Miller