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The AGE Research Group were delighted to host a visit from Dr Stephen Lim, who is a Principal Clinical Research Fellow and Honorary Consultant Geriatrician based at University of Southampton and University Hospital Southampton (UHS).
The AGE Research Group and NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre welcomed almost 100 researchers and clinicians to Newcastle for the second International Sarcopenia Translational Research Conference (ISTRC).
The MET PREVENT study team at the AGE Research Group recently hosted two tea parties to present the study results, thank participants for their valuable contributions and collect feedback.
We were delighted to receive feedback from one of our recent MASS Lifecourse research study participants. Valerie’s experience was so positive that she was inspired to write a poem about her time taking part in our research study.
Congratulations to Avan who has been re-appointed as NIHR Senior Investigator – a title given to the most outstanding leaders in the NIHR research community.
Nurse Specialist Ashley Shields discusses his work researching ways to support older people’s nutrition carried out during his time with the AGE Research Group and NIHR Newcastle BRC.
Dr Christopher Hurst has worked with Kaleidoscope CFA to produce a short, animated video to increase public awareness and understanding of research into muscle ageing.
Prof Sian Robinson attended the IUNS Congress in December to give a plenary lecture ‘Nutrition through the life course and lifelong health’.
It has been a very busy year for the AGE Research Group. We are very grateful to everyone who supports us. Download a copy of our newsletter to read more.
Hear more from Jonny about his new role as Research Capacity Development lead for the AGE Research Group
Sarcopenia, frailty & geriatric medicine were very much on the agenda at the recent Northern Vascular meeting where Professor Miles Witham spoke to a multidisciplinary vascular surgical audience.
We were delighted to showcase the breadth of our research and enjoy a return to in-person conferencing at the European Geriatric Medicine Society (EuGMS) 2022 event.
After 3 years, Prof Miles Witham has stepped down as National Speciality Lead for Ageing for the NIHR CRN.
Our Research Coordinator, Daniela Carpinelli has been awarded a University Spotlight award in recognition of her excellent contributions to our research delivery.
Members of the AGE Research Group and their colleagues from the UKRI-funded ART of Healthy Ageing Network, have published a correspondence piece in Nature Aging.
The AGE Research Group were delighted to host a visit from Prof Robin Daly from Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia.
A new paper just published describes how multiple long-term conditions relate to increased likelihood of emergency hospital admission.
Prof Rachel Cooper has been awarded a University of Jyväskylä (JYU) Visiting Fellow Programme Grant that will fund a month-long research visit to Finland.
AGE Research Group members met with residents from Pilgrims Court in Jesmond for coffee, cake, and a discussion about research participation.
Inaugural Multiple Long-Term Conditions Symposium attracts big name speakers, sparks conversation & champions collaboration.
Welcome to our new cohort of students who are joining us to complete their research projects on ageing, multiple long-term conditions and sarcopenia.
Dr Jonny Bunn has successfully been awarded £7,700 research funding from the British Geriatrics Society to investigate the relationship between skeletal muscle and gut bacteria.
We are delighted to announce that Rachel Cooper has joined Newcastle University as Professor of Translational Epidemiology within the AGE Research Group
Prof Witham & Prof Sayer, in collaboration with colleagues from Manchester Metropolitan University & Liverpool John Moores University have been awarded UKRI(BBSRC-MRC) funding for the Ageing Research Translation of Healthy Ageing Network
Following a multidisciplinary collaboration between AGE members and movement and exercise experts, a new paper provides guidance on resistance exercise as a treatment for older adults living with sarcopenia.
Dr Jonas Johansson from The Arctic University of Norway has joined the AGE Research Group for a four-month research visit to collaborate and network internationally with colleagues who focus on translational sarcopenia research.
Dr Sarah Richardson has been awarded the prestigious Dhole-Eddlestone Memorial Prize. The award highlights the most deserving medical research relating to the needs of older people published in the past year in the journal Age & Ageing.
We are delighted to announce that two AGE Research Group projects have recently been awarded funding through the Wellcome Trust ISSF small grant scheme.
The past 12 months have been incredibly productive with new studies being launched and we are very grateful to all members of the public who give their time to support our research. Download a copy of our newsletter to read more.
Prof Witham & Dr Hurst presented their work at the BGS meeting this week, speaking in both the President's Round and Association of Academic Geriatric Medicine session.
Data collection has started for the Benchmarking Exercise Programmes for Older People project, an innovative UK-wide service improvement initiative aimed at improving exercise interventions for older people living with sarcopenia & frailty.
In the first in a series of online PPIE workshops, the AGE Research Group met with a group of research participants who have sarcopenia to discuss research priorities.
AGE members hosts NIHR Newcastle BRC training to encourage a range of healthcare professionals to get involved with clinical research for older people.
In the AGE Research Group we are excited to celebrate the UN International Day of Older Persons on 1st October.
The APPETITE study, a new European consortium, recruits first participants to explore reasons for declining appetite in older age.
Following the success of the AGE Research Group’s Inaugural ISTRC event, we reflect on our experience of hosting an international conference online for the interdisciplinary translational sarcopenia research community.
The 3rd NIHR Newcastle BRC Academic Geriatric Medicine Workshop was held virtually on 19th March. The day was focused on the Academic Multidisciplinary Team and aimed to share research knowledge, activity, and experience across disciplines.
Dr Chis Hurst recently led a successful funding application to Engage FMS to support a new project: Let’s talk research: Involving older people with multiple long-term conditions and frailty in discussions about research.
A new four year collaboration led by Prof Avan Sayer has received a £3.85 million funding award from the MRC and NIHR to research multiple long-term conditions.
AGE Research Group members Dr Sarah Richardson and Professor Miles Witham have been involved in a new study that has revealed the extent to which frailty increases the risk of mortality in COVID-19 patients.
Prof Avan Sayer and Prof Miles Witham gave evidence as part of an in-depth inquiry into healthy ageing which led to the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report on Ageing: Science, Technology & Healthy Living.
MRes Student Tom Stubbs tells us about his time with the AGE Research Group
Katherine Bowden-Brown selected to present poster in the prestigious BGS President’s Round.
The AGE Research Group hosted a MRC funded ‘hot topic’ workshop with Dr Mary Ni Lochlainn (King's College, London), bringing together researchers to discuss the role of nutrition as an influence on frailty.
Richard Dodds won the EuGMS best oral communication award for the work he led on the prevalence and factors associated with poor performance in the 5-chair stand test, in collaboration with the MRC Cognitive Function and Ageing Study.
We were delighted to hear from a participant of our recent virtual engagement event who is enjoying the benefits of resistance exercise training.
We are delighted that Dr Richard Dodds has been jointly awarded this year's British Geriatrics Society Rising Star Award for Research
AGE Group members discuss research consent and electronic medical records: "Making consent for electronic health and social care data research fit for purpose in the 21st century"
Lorelle returned to join us in March 2020, and will be leading the qualitative research in a new project investigating the influence of lifestyle on health in later life
AGE Research Group members including Dr Sarah Richardson, Professor Avan Sayer, and Professor Miles Witham have recently led work exploring how research will need to change in a world with COVID if we are to meet the needs of older people.
A new paper was published this week on findings from the MIlkMAN study, which investigates the motivators as well as barriers to taking part in community-based intervention.
Older people who are recovering from COVID-19 infection in Newcastle received a boost to their rehabilitation this week courtesy of exercise training equipment provided by Newcastle University.
The UK population have been strongly advised to remain at home to slow the spread of COVID-19. This is likely to reduce physical activity levels nationally, which may have significant long-term implications on muscle strength and mass.
The AGE Group has recently published a new paper. We used data from the MRC National Survey of Health and Development to determine how common probable sarcopenia is at age 69 and which risk factors should alert clinicians to its presence.
The AGE team held their weekly meeting virtually; linking up remotely from home. We are able to keep all sorts of activities on the move - sharing slides and documents as well as screen sharing.
AGE group members were present at the NIHR North East and North Cumbria Clinical Research Network annual event. The event was themed on finding ways to tackle inequality in research delivery.
George Smith has joined the AGE research group for his undergraduate research project work.
Dr Terry Aspray as guest editor, has invited international experts to contribute to a special edition of Calcified Tissue International, presenting state-of-the-art reviews on vitamin D as nutrient.
New analysis conducted by the AGE Research Group has found that 5% of people are likely to have sarcopenia, which became more common with age and the number of long-term conditions.
We have recently written to all participants of the Muscle Ageing and Sarcopenia Studies (MASS) and Milk Intervention Muscle AgeiNg (MIlkMAN) to wish them all the best for the festive period and a Happy New Year.
AGE Research Group summer student Rebecca Chungath won the MedSci Faculty prize for her poster at last week’s Medical School student symposium.
AGE Research Group team members were busy presenting work spanning from epidemiology, through clinical trials and improvement science at the Autumn BGS meeting in Leicester last week.
Professor Avan Sayer and Professor Miles Witham from the AGE Research Group have both given evidence to the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee in the last two weeks.
Over recent weeks members of the AGE Research Group and NIHR Newcastle BRC have be involved in some fantastic events and training opportunities for early career clinicians and scientists interested in ageing research.
AGE group members attended the 15th International Congress of the EUGMS. Prof. Robinson presented an overview of the nutritional treatment of sarcopenia & it was great to see our work included in presentations throughout the congress.
This week we welcome our newest member of the AGE Team, James Murray who joins the group as our new Research Assistant in Medical Statistics.
Although the health benefits of physical activity (PA) are firmly established, little is known about PA in older age, particularly among the very old. A new paper led by Dr Antoneta Granic (AGE Senior Research Associate) addresses this gap.
The AGE Research Group’s Professor Miles Witham, Professor of Trials for Older People, has been appointed as the National Speciality Lead for Ageing for the NIHR’s Clinical Research Network (NIHR CRN).
Professor Miles Witham, chair of trials for older people, took part in the 2019 BioFocus conference, held at the County Hotel in Newcastle on the 10th of July 2019. Speaking on the topic of “Making trials for older people fit for purpose”.
Richard Dodds, intermediate clinical fellow and honorary consultant Geriatrician in our group has recently attended the second of the four weeks in the European Academy for Medicine of Ageing (EAMA) programme.
AGE Research Secretary, Gayle Cain presented her poster ‘The role of Professional Services in building a new research group’ at the inaugural Newcastle University Professional Services Conference.
Professor Rebecca Hardy, Director of CLOSER (Cohort and Longitudinal Studies Enhancement Resources) and Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Statistics at University College London, visited the AGE Research Group on 11th July.
A new Evidence Review Report has been published for SAPEA bringing together the expertise of a world-leading scientists, including Prof Sayer, to address the challenges faced by ageing populations.
A comprehensive review of sarcopenia has been published in the Lancet. The review, co-authored by Professor Avan Aihie Sayer, is the first Lancet Seminar on Sarcopenia and provides a clinically focused cutting-edge review of the condition.
A final get-together was held at The Parks, with 24 participants joining the MIlkMAN team to celebrate the successful completion of the study. Huge thanks go to all the participants for their time, enthusiasm and commitment to the study.