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Centre for Brain Ageing and Vitality

Funded under the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Initiative

Professor Doug Turnbull
Director of the Centre for Brain Ageing and Vitality


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 centre will develop two main programmes to address the relationship between the healthy ageing brain and the healthy ageing body. The first programme will build on existing research strengths in age-associated neuronal loss and dysfunction, neurodegeneration and vascular disease and the second will extend current research on exercise, mobility, nutrition and other lifestyles factors that can influence vitality. By focusing on vitality, the centre will empathise the vast potential to deliver major benefits to patients and the general public.


Centre for Brain Ageing and Vitality
Institute for Ageing and Health
Newcastle University
Campus for Ageing and Vitality
Newcastle upon Tyne NE4 5PL

Tel +44 (0)191 248 1200
Fax +44 (0)191 248 1101



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