UCL has significant strength in ageing research, particularly in cohort studies, dementia, neurodegenerative disease, inflammation and biology and animal models of ageing. There is also considerable expertise in age associated cardiovascular disease, age-related and neurodegenerative disease and many other age-related syndromes.
Furthermore, the UCL Crucible Centre has a cross-disciplinary research remit to facilitate the wellbeing of older people. There are also 146 researchers in 28 Institutes or Divisions identified in the UCL IRIS ageing theme. The total active current grant income of these researchers is ~£98,067,960. Although not all of this income relates to ageing, these figures identify the considerable success in funding and expertise available for the investigation of ageing and age-related degenerative processes at UCL.
Building the Ageing Research Community at UCL
The UCL Population Health domain has adopted 'Ageing' as one of its main themes in 2016/17. Through bringing this diverse range of researchers together to network, the domain intends to help to:
- consolidate ageing research and expertise across UCL
- encourage new collaborations
- prepare possible responses for future funding opportunities.
The first step to realise these aims was through the running of an event in February 2016.
Event - UCL Ageing Research Event: towards collaborative interaction
A half-day event was run by the Domain on 29 February 2016
The event was invite-only and was attended by 51 UCL academics. Attendees were UCL senior Principal Investigators and Lecturers who work on ageing research in a wide variety of disciplines, including epidemiology, bioscience, neuroscience, engineering, economics and infection and immunity.
- Download the report summarising the aims, discussions and outcomes from the event (pdf)
- Download the event brochure (pdf)
Event - UCL Ageing Research Event: cultivating research connections across the University
A further half-day event was run by the Domain on 3 November 2016.
It was aimed primarily at UCL staff from postdoctoral research associates to senior lecturers who work on ageing research in a wide variety of disciplines, including epidemiology, bioscience, neuroscience, engineering, economics and infection and immunity.
The purpose of this second meeting was to enable more junior UCL researchers working on all aspects of ageing to network and to encourage new collaborations.
Ageing-related studies at UCL
Attendees from both events had the opportunity to provide details of any ageing-related studies they are involved with at UCL:
Below is the link to a list of researchers who are currently working in the field of ageing research at UCL. Follow the link to find their contact details and more information about their work.