We treat ageing as a risk factor for disease, much like smoking is a risk factor in cancer. We are devising practical solutions to slow down the rate of ageing to prevent multimorbidity and boost resilience in frail older adults.
Behaviour and health
How people behave is central to almost all societal grand challenges, including health and well-being. Declines in physical and mental health, including multimorbidity, are not simply a function of advancing years, but rather are influenced by how people behave across the lifespan.
Nutrition and healthy ageing
The aims of the nutrition workstream are to understand the role of nutrition in healthy ageing, to design and develop nutrition interventions that tackle diseases associated with ageing and multi-morbidity, and to use novel approaches and technology to support healthy lifestyle choices.
Models of co-morbidities
The aim of this workstream is to develop mixed models of diseases in mice that are common in old age for example heart disease plus dementia, arthritis plus heart disease or chronic infection plus heart disease.
We work closely with partners to identify novel druggable targets, and help develop a strategy to successfully “drug” targets of interest and develop relevant models of ageing for potential drug testing.
Inequality and Intersectionality
Taking an intersectional perspective in recognition that inequalities are multi-dimensional, this work package will interrogate the policies and interventions we can design to address inequalities in healthy ageing and multimorbidity.
Our role will be to bring together academic colleagues from all the university faculties with our practitioner colleagues across all sectors which have an impact on population health and health inequalities.