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The Crucible Centre

Funded under the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Initiative

Professor Nick Tyler
Director of The Crucible Centre

The Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Programme is a cross-council initiative to strengthen multidisciplinary and collaborative research in ageing. In phase one of the programme three new ‘lifelong health’ research centres were announced in 2008, funded by the Medical Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council. The centres will carry out research on healthy ageing, targeting the major determinants of health and wellbeing over the whole life course and reducing dependency in later life. The initiative will provide substantial long-term funding for the new centres. Each will have specific research themes, drawing on the interdisciplinary strengths of the research councils, such as quality of life, physical frailty and the ageing brain.


The Crucible Centre will inspire researchers across UCL to integrate the search for longevity with the aspiration to improve levels of wellbeing. The Centre will challenge discipline boundaries, combining the knowledge and experience of UCLs scientists and academics and end users to engage in research leading to a comprehensive understanding of all aspects of the ageing process from philosophy, through biology, economics, clinical practice to design of the built environment.


University College London
Gower Street



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