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AGE Research Group at the British Geriatrics Society Autumn Meeting

Professor Miles Witham and Dr Christopher Hurst from the AGE Research Group were delighted to have the opportunity to present their work at the British Geriatrics Society meeting. Their presentations covered a variety of topics, including the need to plan our research response for the next pandemic in relation to older people, results of a major multicentre trial of treatments for sarcopenia and data analysing the relationship between multiple long-term conditions, lifestyle factors and grip strength change.

At the Association of Academic Geriatric Medicine session on 25th November, Miles discussed the disproportionate effect COVID-19 had on older people and highlighted the need to ensure that planning research for the next pandemic will include older people and the issues that are important to them.

At the BGS President’s Round, Miles presented results from a trial of treatments for sarcopenia. The trial, funded by the Medical Research Council and NIHR, involved 145 older people from 14 different UK centres to investigate the effectiveness of a medicine and a nutritional supplement in trying to improve muscle strength and daily function in older people with muscle weakness.

Also, at the BGS President’s Round, Chris presented data from a recent project where the aim was to investigate associations of specific categories of long-term conditions as well as the presence of multiple long-term conditions (MLTCs) and lifestyle factors with patterns of change in grip strength in midlife. This project used data from 44,315 UK Biobank participants and covered a period of nine years. The findings of this study have been published in full in Age and Ageing, the official journal of the British Geriatrics Society, and can be read here:

Last modified: Fri, 26 Nov 2021 15:17:31 GMT