Healthy Lifespan Institute
The Healthy Lifespan Institute is transforming the experience of ageing. We’re the UK’s first interdisciplinary research institute dedicated to understanding and preventing multimorbidity and frailty - to help everyone live healthier lives for longer.
Our rate of ageing is variable and malleable
From the moment we are conceived there are factors that influence how we age. These include the social and economic environments we live and work in, as well as our individual biology and behaviour. Our rate of ageing predicts our health span, i.e. the number of years we can expect to live an independent, healthy life. The slower our rate of ageing, the more resilient we are to multimorbidity, the presence of two or more chronic health conditions, which leads to frailty, and low quality of life in later years.
At the Healthy Lifespan Institute, we are developing interventions across the lifecourse that slow down the rate of ageing to increase resilience to age related-disease.
Preventing multimorbidity and frailty
We’re pioneering new medical treatments, health and social care policies and public health guidance across the lifespan, to help people age better and have healthier, more independent lives for longer.
Dementia can be predicted more than a decade before diagnosis with these blood proteins
Dementia is the UK’s biggest killer. In the largest study of its kind, scientists have discovered that a blood test detecting specific proteins could predict dementia up to 15 years before a person receives an official diagnosis.
New paper reveals dramatic implications with using the tibia loading model to treat osteoporosis
Research by PhD student Saira Farage-O'Reilly highlights how the direction of applying external force to the bone dramatically affects the strength of mouse tibia.
Sheffield Sexual Rights Charter Featured in UN Decade of Healthy Ageing Report
The UK’s first ever Sexual Rights Charter, created by researchers at the Healthy Lifespan Institute at the University of Sheffield, has been featured in the United Nations Decade of Healthy Ageing Progress Report, 2021-2023.