ART of Healthy Ageing

Building the capacity to translate discoveries in ageing biology and epidemiology to intervention studies in humans across the life course

Major advances are being made in the biology and epidemiology of ageing, but these advances are not always being translated from the laboratory to the clinic.

The ART (Ageing Research Translation) of Healthy Ageing Network aims to address this by bringing together people from a wide range of disciplines, including but not limited to the biology of ageing, epidemiology, physiology, sports and exercise medicine, geriatric medicine, clinical trials, social gerontology and data science.

Network participants, who will possess complementary expertise, will work together to build the necessary capacity, knowledge and resources for effective translation of advances in ageing biology and epidemiology into interventions for human testing.

It will deliver:

  • A growing interdisciplinary network of researchers, from across the UK and beyond, with a focus on addressing novel questions on underlying biological processes of ageing with potential to translate into trials of interventions
  • A thriving community of early career researchers with access to interdisciplinary training opportunities across multiple research organisations
  • A broad and engaged stakeholder community (including the public, charities, policymakers, industry and regulators) who are actively involved in both shaping the research agenda and in knowledge transfer
  • A clear road map and initial proof-of-concept for a Translational Platform for Healthy Ageing across the Life Course integrating UK infrastructure for studying human ageing biology and testing interventions

The ART network is funded by UKRI (BBSRC and MRC) and is led by Prof Miles Witham, Prof Rachel Cooper and Prof Avan Sayer (Newcastle University), Dr Kelly Bowden Davies (Manchester Metropolitan University) and Prof Claire Stewart and Dr Sandra Ortega-Martorell (Liverpool John Moores University). It is one of 11 networks funded as part of the ageing across the life course interdisciplinary research network.

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ECR workshop

We’re pleased to announce a 1-day workshop for early career researchers that will be held in Manchester on Monday 3rd July 2023.

This workshop has been devised in direct response to feedback from our ECR Network Members about their unmet training needs. 

See our ECR tab for more information and details of how to apply.

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Pump-priming funding

In September 2022 we launched a funding call for pump-priming projects.

We received a number of excellent applications and are delighted to have been able to fund four projects all of which are aligned with the overall vision of the Network, exemplify interdisciplinary collaboration across institutions and support the development of early career researchers.

You can read more about these projects on our Funded projects tab.

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