Growing research in geriatric medicine

Miles D. Witham, Helen C. Roberts, John Gladman, David J. Stott, Avan Aihie Sayer*, Terry J. Aspray, Peter Brock, Andrew Clegg, Natalie Cox, Victoria Ewan, James Frith, Jennifer K. Burton, Thomas Jackson, Emma Grace Lewis, Steven E. Lim, Stephen Makin, Mary Ni Lochlainn, Sarah Richardson, Susan D. Shenkin, Claire J. StevesOliver Todd, Ellen Tullo, Richard Walker, Alison Yarnall

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Academic geriatric medicine activity lags behind the scale of clinical activity in the specialty. A meeting of UK academic geriatricians was convened in March 2018 to consider causes and solutions to this problem. The meeting highlighted a lack of research-Active clinicians, a perception that research is not central to the practice of geriatric medicine and a failure to translate discovery science to clinical studies. Solutions proposed included better support for early-career clinical researchers, schemes to encourage non-University clinicians to be research-Active, wider collaboration with organ specialists to broaden the funding envelope, and the need to co-produce research programmes with end-users. Solutions to grow academic geriatric medicine are essential if we are to provide the best care for the growing older population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)316-319
Number of pages4
JournalAge and Ageing
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2019


  • Academic geriatric medicine
  • Capacity building
  • Older people
  • Translational research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ageing
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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