Healthy ageing and supporting long-term conditions research theme

Defining mechanisms and markers of age-related disease to improve intervention and care.

The challenge

The world's population is ageing. In Europe and North America there are already more people older than 60 years than under the age of 15. The life expectancy of those living with conditions such as dementia, metabolic illness, cancers and genetic conditions that previously prevented progression beyond childhood or middle age is increasing. And this is not just an issue for high-income countries — by 2050, 80 per cent of all older people will be living in low- and middle-income countries. Throughout the world, the increased quantity of years is not always being matched by a rise in quality of life and we need to better manage age-related changes and prevent social isolation.

Our response

Research programmes in our Healthy Ageing and Supporting Long-term Conditions Research Theme investigate long-term conditions and ageing from a subcellular to a systems and population level. Fundamental molecular and clinical investigations determine the biological mechanisms involved in ageing and disease progression and provide information about biomarkers and symptoms to monitor to assess response to treatment. Analysis of big data – from genomics to healthcare costs — enable complexities around clinical decision making to be unravelled and personalised care plans to be devised. Studies to co-design interventions and services inform approaches to maximise independence, physical capability and cognitive function, to prevent or minimise complications and to enable successful adaptation to multimorbidity.

Research projects

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Playing A/Part: investigating the experiences of autistic girls through drama, interactive media and participatory arts

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Time is of the essence: Revealing the elusive ‘bone clock’ in humans

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Timing, quality, and physiology of sleep in a deprived community cohort in South Africa, and their relationship with chronic disease

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An exploration of the use of patient reported outcomes (PROs) by Clinical Nurse Specialists in the delivery of supportive care to peoplewith colorectal or gynaecological cancers

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Research theme members

NameRoleSchool
Anand AhankariLecturer in Maternal, Child and Family HealthSchool of Health Sciences
Kourosh AhmadiReader in Nutritional GenomicsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Vadim AlexeenkoResearch FellowSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Sarah Jane AllisonLecturer in Health and Exercise SciencesSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Nicola AnnelsResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Simon ArcherProfessor of Molecular Biology of Sleep and Head of DepartmentSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Jo ArmesReader in Cancer CareSchool of Health Sciences
Mohammad AsimLecturer in Molecular Cancer BiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Nicholas BaconProfessor of Surgical OncologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Sarah BaileyTeaching Fellow in PhysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Carys BanksResearch FellowSchool of Health Sciences
Elizabeth BarleyProfessor of Mental Health Sciences and NursingSchool of Health Sciences
David BlackbournHead of the School of Biosciences and MedicineSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Patrizia CamellitiLecturer in Molecular Cardiovascular ScienceSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Paola CampagnoloLecturer in Molecular Cardiovascular SciencesSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Nicola CareyReader in Long-term ConditionsSchool of Health Sciences
Theopisti ChrysanthakiLecturer in Integrated Care/ehealthSchool of Health Sciences
Jane Cockle-HearneResearch Fellow in Cancer CareSchool of Health Sciences
Tina CohenSenior Teaching FellowSchool of Psychology
Marianne ColemanResearch Fellow (eHealth and Maternal, Child and Family Health)School of Health Sciences
Deborah CookeReaderSchool of Health Sciences
Anna CoxResearch FellowSchool of Health Sciences
Ben Creagh-BrownReader (Clinical)School of Biosciences and Medicine
Alexessander Da Silva Couto AlvesLecturer in BioinformaticsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Anna De PalmaResearch FellowSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Philip DeanResearch Fellow (RA II)School of Psychology
Ciro della MonicaResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Tony DhillonSenior Lecturer in OncologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Bridget DibbSenior Lecturer in Health PsychologySchool of Psychology
Derk-jan DijkProfessor of Sleep and PhysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Ellen DonovanResearch Fellow / Adviser for NIHR Research Design Service South EastSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Hermanus Henricus Maria DraismaResearch Fellow in Statistical Multi-Omics Modelling and AnalysisSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Deborah Dunn-WaltersProfessor of ImmunologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Bernadette EganSenior Research FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Gillian ElliottProfessor of VirologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Ruan ElliottSenior Lecturer in Nutritional SciencesSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Simon EvansLecturer in Cognitive NeuroscienceSchool of Psychology
Sara FaithfullProfessor of Cancer Nursing PracticeSchool of Health Sciences
Benjamin FieldClinical Reader of Diabetes and EndocrinologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Barbara FieldingReader in Nutritional SciencesSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Christopher Fife-ShawProfessor of PsychologySchool of Psychology
Noel FitzpatrickProfessor of Veterinary OrthopaedicsSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Lui ForniHonorary ProfessorSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Adam FramptonVC FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Heather GageProfessor of Health EconomicsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Margaret GallagherProfessor and Lead for Ethics in Integrated HealthcareSchool of Health Sciences
Sophie GassonResearch OfficerSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Birgitta GaterslebenReader in Environmental PsychologySchool of Psychology
Judith GentleDirector of Undergraduate Programme for PsychologySchool of Psychology
Andre GerberProfessor of RNA BiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Faith GibsonProfessor of Child Health and Cancer CareSchool of Health Sciences
Katie GilliganLecturer in Developmental PsychologySchool of Psychology
Matthew GloverResearch Fellow in Health EconomicsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Bruce GriffinProfessor of Nutritional MetabolismSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Helen GriffithsExecutive Dean of FacultySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Wendy GrosvenorTeaching Fellow  (Older Adult Care)School of Health Sciences
Lucy HaleTeaching Fellow, Clinical PsychologistSchool of Psychology
Paul HannaSenior Lecturer and Research Director in Clinical PsychologySchool of Psychology
Jenny HarrisLecturer in Cancer CareSchool of Health Sciences
Kathryn HartSenior Lecturer in Nutrition and DieteticsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Peter HegartyProfessor of PsychologySchool of Psychology
Christian HeissClinical Professor of MedicineSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Erica HepperLecturer in PsychologySchool of Psychology
Charo HodgkinsResearch Fellow (RA II)School of Psychology
Linda HoinvilleResearch FellowSchool of Health Sciences
Teresa HollandsSenior Teaching Fellow in Veterinary NutritionSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Julie HuntLecturer in Sport and Exercise ScienceSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Rita JabrSenior Lecturer in Cardiac ElectrophysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Kamalan JeevaratnamHead of Department of Veterinary Pre-Clinical Sciences and Programme Director BVMSciSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Jonathan JohnstonReader in Chronobiology and Integrative PhysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Christina JonesSenior LecturerSchool of Psychology
Jake Jordan Research Fellow in Health EconomicsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Marika KaakinenLecturer in Statistical Multi-omicsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Naomi KlepaczResearch FellowSchool of Psychology
Roberto La RagioneProfessor in Veterinary Microbiology and PathologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Susan Lanham-NewProfessor of NutritionSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Agnieszka LemanskaLecturer in Integrated CareSchool of Health Sciences
Rebecca LewisLecturer in Musculoskeletal Physiology School of Veterinary Medicine
Esther LingardTeaching Fellow in Small Animal Medicine (Maternity Cover)School of Veterinary Medicine
Giovanni Lo IaconoLecturer in Biostatistics/EpidemiologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Nicolas LockerProfessor of VirologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Richard Lyon MBEProfessor in Pre- Hospital Emergency CareSchool of Health Sciences
Jill MabenProfessor of Health Services Research and NursingSchool of Health Sciences
Ekelechi MacPeppleResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Carin MagnussonLecturer in Health Services ResearchSchool of Health Sciences
Manavi MaharshiResearch Design Service Adviser (Research Fellow)School of Biosciences and Medicine
Carlos Maluquer de MotesSenior Lecturer in Virus/Host InteractionsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Ralph MandersLecturer in Exercise PhysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Afrodita MarcuResearch Fellow (RA II) in Cancer CareSchool of Health Sciences
Fernando Martinez EstradaLecturer in ImmunologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Davide MaselliResearch Fellow (Ex Vivo Epicardium Model)School of Biosciences and Medicine
Oliver MasonReader in Personality, Psychopathology and Individual DifferencesSchool of Psychology
Fiona McGregorResearch FellowSchool of Health Sciences
John McVeyProfessor of Cardiovascular BiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Lisiane MeiraLecturer in DNA Damage and AgeingSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Agnieszka MichaelReader (Clinical)School of Biosciences and Medicine
Freda MoldLecturer - Integrated CareSchool of Health Sciences
Joanna MossLecturer in Developmental PsychologySchool of Psychology
Giovanna NalessoLecturer in Musculoskeletal BiologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
Elizabeth NewcombeResearch Fellow 
Hannah NewmanResearch FellowSchool of Psychology
Caroline NicholsonProfessor of Palliative Care and AgeingSchool of Health Sciences
Jane OgdenChair in Health PsychologySchool of Psychology
Hardev PandhaProfessor of Medical OncologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Catherine ParsonsResearch FellowSchool of Health Sciences
Bob PattonLecturer in Clinical PsychologySchool of Psychology
Catherine PayneTeaching Fellow in Sport and Exercise SciencesSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Gemma PermanTeaching FellowSchool of Psychology
Zoe PollyTeaching Fellow - Integrated Care Children's NursingSchool of Health Sciences
Karen PooleTeaching Fellow School of Health Sciences
Inga ProkopenkoProfessor of E-One-HealthSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Christopher ProudmanProfessor and Head of the School of Veterinary MedicineSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Eleanor RatcliffeLecturer in Environmental PsychologySchool of Psychology
Margaret RaymanProfessor of Nutritional MedicineSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Emma ReamProfessor and Director of Health Sciences ResearchSchool of Health Sciences
Kate RelphResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Emily ReltonResearch Officer in RNA BiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Victoria RevellLecturer in Translational Sleep and Circadian PhysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Natalie RiddellLecturer in Immunology and AgeingSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Jennifer RitchieSenior Lecturer in Microbial PathogenesisSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Margaret RobertsonReader in Nutritional PhysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Clare RusbridgeProfessor in Veterinary NeurologySchool of Veterinary Medicine
David Russell-JonesVC FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Danuta SampsonResearch FellowSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
David SampsonPro Vice-Chancellor, Research and InnovationSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Julie SeibtLecturer in Sleep and PlasticitySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Rachel Simmonds FRSBSenior Lecturer in ImmunopathogenesisSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Guy SimpsonResearch Fellow OncologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Debra SkeneProfessor of NeuroendocrinologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Simon SkeneProfessor of Medical Statistics and Director of Surrey Clinical Trials UnitSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Kimberley SmithLecturer in Health PsychologySchool of Psychology
Ioannis SmyrniasLecturer in Molecular SciencesSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Karen StennerLecturer in Health Services ResearchSchool of Health Sciences
Annette SterrChair in Cognitive Neuroscience and NeuropsychologySchool of Psychology
Dona SubasingheTeaching Fellow in Small Animal PracticeSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Cath TaylorReader in Healthcare Workforce Organisation and WellbeingSchool of Health Sciences
Lada Timotijevic Principal Research FellowSchool of Psychology
Morro TourayResearch Fellow in Health EconomicsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Margot UmplebyProfessorial Research Fellow (Diabetes Metabolic Medicine Research)School of Biosciences and Medicine
Ines ViolanteLecturer in Psychological NeuroscienceSchool of Psychology
Renske VisserResearch FellowSchool of Health Sciences
Katriina WhitakerReader in Cancer CareSchool of Health Sciences
Martin WhyteClinical Senior Lecturer in Metabolic MedicineSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Emily WilliamsReader in Health SciencesSchool of Psychology
Raphaelle Winsky-SommererReader in Sleep and Circadian RhythmsSchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Sarah WolfensohnProfessor of Animal WelfareSchool of Veterinary Medicine
Changhao WuReader in Cell PhysiologySchool of Biosciences and Medicine
Kayleigh WylesLecturer in Environmental PsychologySchool of Psychology
Magdalena ZasadaResearch Fellow in Workforce Organisation and WellbeingSchool of Health Sciences

Research theme champions

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Dr Kamalan Jeevaratnam

Research Theme Champion

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Dr Richard Green

Associate Research Theme Champion

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