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Clinical research into Ageing in the North East and North Cumbria is improving understanding, information, treatment and services for the ageing population, their families and their carers, in our region.

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.

This Specialty of the North East and North Cumbria Research Network is led by Professor Stuart Parker, the William Leech Professor of Geriatric Medicine in the Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle University.

Membership is made up of clinicians and academics with a specific interest in ageing research at both national and local levels.

Clinical research Trials

To find out more about current ageing studies you can  view a list of ageing studies on the NIHR Clinical Research Network Portfolio Database. You can click on the ‘Get Involved’ button at the top of this page to join our regional register to find out about Ageing studies in our area.


With a rapidly expanding older population and increased survival of older people with chronic disease, we can expect to see increasing numbers of people with orthostatic hypotension (OH). OH is an important area for research because it has a heavy symptomatic burden, is associated with falls, depression and cognitive impairment and is also associated with an increase in mortality
An innovative course has been created in collaboration with older people to explore why people fall, discover practical methods to reduce the risk of falling and recognise when to seek expert help. This is so important because every day in the UK, almost 10,000 people aged over 65 will fall down. To view the article published in the ‘Age and Ageing’ Journal click here

GP Practices in Newcastle CCGs have worked alongside Newcastle Hospitals, the North of England Commissioning Support Research & Development team and the Lemington Centre to support a research study with great success.
Prof Sallie Lamb and the study team at the University of Warwick are investigating the effectiveness of falls prevention strategies in the over 70s. To read about the research click here

We are eager to ensure that all patients in the NHS, including older people, are well represented and have equal opportunities to participate in high quality research that is relevant to them.

We will be working with the Newcastle Clinical Ageing Research Unit develop and support more research in this area.

Meet the Team

Stuart Parker

Professor Stuart Parker

The William Leech Professor of Geriatric Medicine in the Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle University.

Watch the patient case study

Ella became involved in research via her GP because she wanted to help others. Watch Ella's story here

John is involved in Ageing research at the Centre for Ageing in Newcastle. Hear about his research experience here:

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