- University of Sheffield, United Kingdom Department of Sociological Studies (USFD)
- University of Sheffield, United Kingdom: School of Health and Related Research (USFD - ScHARR)
- Lunds Universitet, Sweden (ULUND)
- Ruprecht-Karls-Universitaet Heidelberg, Germany (UHEI)
- Newcastle University, United Kingdom (UNEW)
- National Institute of Health and Science on Aging, Italy (INRCA)
- Age Platform Europe, Brussels (AGE)
- Eurocarers, Luxembourg (EuCa)
- Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom (SHU)
- Latvian Council of Science, Latvia (LCS)
(Contributor to Extending Healthy Life Expectancy)
Newcastle University is among the top 20 higher education institutions in the UK in terms of research power, according to the influential professional publication, Research Fortnight. This is based on the results of the Research Assessment Exercise 2008, which found that in over two thirds of subjects assessed, at least half of all research was placed in the top two categories of 4* (world leading) and 3* (internationally excellent). The University also has one of the largest European Union research portfolios in the UK and has research links with many other countries. It is a member of the prestigious Russell Group, comprising 20 leading research institutions in the UK and in the year ended 31 July 2011, its total research income equalled €112 million. Newcastle University has extensive experience of managing EU projects and currently has over 160 projects in FP7 with contracts either signed or in the process of negotiation and worth around €53 million to the University. Newcastle has an outstanding track-record in patient-focussed research in the older individual, highlighted by the award of the Queens Anniversary Prize for research into ageing in 2010.
Research into ageing and age-related disease is the core business of the UNEW Faculty of Medical Sciences, which has an annual turnover of £146M, including £54M external research funding. In the last UK Research Assessment Exercise (2008), Newcastle Biomedicine was in the top 5 for Research Power in both hospital and laboratory-based clinical subjects, with two-thirds of the outputs classified as world leading (4*) or internationally excellent (3*) in the broad thematic areas of ageing, chronic disease, genetics and stem cells. All seven Faculty research institutes are actively engaged in age-related research but the most relevant for this project are the Institute for Ageing and Health (IAH) and the Institute of Health and Society (IHS). All the Research Institutes interact through the Campus for Ageing and Vitality which includes new buildings and infrastructure for intensively translational biomedical research into age-related disease, supported by capital awards based on recognised research excellence, including the Henry Wellcome Biogerontology Research Building and the Clinical Ageing Research Unit (Wellcome/Wolfson funded). A new £11M Newcastle NIHR-Biomedical Research Centre building has just opened: the ground floor facility includes purpose-designed multi-disciplinary translational research clinics, enabling a “one-stop-shop” for older people with complex conditions, adjacent to the experimental medicine platforms (3T MRI research scanner, PET, gait and exercise laboratories, and biobanking facilities), and juxtaposed with the research laboratories and space for industrial partners.@NewUniPress
- Key personnel involved in the project
Carol Jagger AXA Professor of Epidemiology of Ageing
A Research Associate will also join the team.
- Main tasks attributed to them in the project
Partner UNEW is a partner to WP1 Realising Active Ageing. UNEW staff will work on WP1, with specific responsibility for Tasks 4 and 5. UNEW will also contribute to Tasks 2 and 7 in WP6.
- Short profile and previous relevant experience
Partner UNEW is a partner to WP1 Realising Active Ageing. Carol Jagger has a research programme which crosses the interface between demography and epidemiology of ageing with a particular focus on healthy active life expectancy. Nationally she has provided evidence on healthy life expectancy to the UK Works and Pensions Committee for its enquiry into Pension Reform and the Health Committee for its Social Care Review and to the Scottish Parliament Finance Committee in its debates on Fiscal Sustainability. Within Europe she has been Deputy Chair of the EC Task Force for Health Expectancy, a member of the Steering Group of the European Health Survey System and the Task Force on survey based disability statistics and she is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Joint Programming Initiative “More Years, Better Lives”. Since 1995 she has been closely involved with the European network on Health Expectancy Euro-REVES and their projects initially funded by Biomed II and then the EU Health Monitoring Programme, EU Public Health Programme. These projects identified causes for the lack of harmonisation of healthy life expectancies in Europe, developed the Minimum European Health Module which is included in the major European surveys. More recent projects including the European Health Expectancy Monitoring Unit (EHEMU) and the European Health and Life Expectancy Information System (EHLEIS) are concerned with monitoring inequalities in healthy life years across Europe and exploring the macro level causes and the main diseases determinants. For the current Joint Action Healthy Life Years she lead the WP ‘Healthy Life Years Analyses at the EU level’. Carol Jagger was the lead of WP ‘Healthy Ageing’ in the recently completed Road Map for European Ageing Research for the FUTURAGE project.