Clinical Gerontology is a unit within the Department of Public Health and Primary Care. We aim to understand how best to maintain health in older populations. Our overall research aim is to quantify the combined role of lifestyle, environmental and genetic factors in the aetiology of the major disabling diseases of later life, focusing in particular on cardiovascular disease, cancer and osteoporosis and to identify effective prevention strategies.
Our research strategy is based on observational and interventional population studies in middle and later life. The prospective cohort studies aim to bring together understanding of biologic processes with the capacity to address broader environmental including social determinants, of health at the population level. Intervention trials aim to test new hypotheses arising from the observational studies.