We are committed to raising the profile of ageing research. Maintaining a high profile is key to generating and attracting more ageing research studies, including life-science industry sponsored projects. To date we have done this in a variety of ways, for example:
- Participating in key stakeholder events, such as national British Geriatrics Society meetings and distributing marketing materials.
- Publishing a pivotal paper on the recruitment of older people to research in the leading European scientific journal, Age and Ageing. The paper is jam-packed with practical advice from leading researchers on how best to optimise recruitment and retention of older people. This influential article was the basis for a further article in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) on 26 May 2012 “Why the Exclusion of Older People from Clinical Research Must Stop”
- Submitting a response to the paper citing our statement on Equity in Clinical Research, arguing that funders should follow the NIHR lead and be similarly vigilant to ensure that ageist grant proposals (with unjustified upper age cut-offs) are not being supported
The Ageing Specialty Group has representation from NHS regions in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Many of our members are nationally and internationally recognised opinion leaders and are experienced Principal Investigators who have participated in advisory boards at national and international levels.
We focus on promoting health, preventing illnesses and improving treatments for older adults. Our mission is to have a beneficial impact on quality of life by ensuring that older people have the opportunity to know about, and participate in relevant clinical research studies, especially those looking at age-related diseases and disabilities.
We support and promote research in the following areas:
- Healthy ageing and frailty
- Organising and delivering interventions for health promotion
- Ageing process and early markers of ill health
- Modelling links between disease and functioning
- Education and lifelong learning
- Environmental conditions for ageing well
- Effectiveness of clinical and social care
These areas are unique to the Ageing Specialty, but in addition, we add value to studies led by other specialties, for example in the areas of dementia, stroke, heart failure and osteoporosis, by working closely with our colleagues from across the Network to deliver high quality ageing research.