Growing research in geriatric medicine

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  • 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
  • Emma Grace Lewis
  • Steven E. Lim
  • Stephen Makin
  • Mary Ni Lochlainn
  • Sarah Richardson
  • Susan D. Shenkin
  • Claire J. Steves
  • Oliver Todd
  • Ellen Tullo
  • Richard Walker
  • Alison Yarnall

Colleges, School and Institutes

External organisations

  • Newcastle University
  • University Hospital Southampton
  • University of Nottingham
  • CLAHRC East Midlands
  • Nottingham BRC
  • University of Glasgow
  • North Tyneside Hospital
  • University of Leeds
  • The James Cook University Hospital
  • Institute of Cellular Medicine
  • Birmingham University
  • King's College London


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

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