Life expectancy is increasing, but the period spent in good health is not keeping pace.
This is particularly acute for communities who experience inequalities, like many of our local population in East London. The ageing society is one of the government’s “grand challenges” to help older citizens lead independent, fulfilled lives, continuing to contribute to society. To achieve our vision of ‘better health for all’, we must renew our focus on healthy ageing throughout the life course.
The new Lifelong Health multidisciplinary research theme (MDT) within the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry seeks to promote collaboration in research to find solutions to these complex social challenges. Our research covers the whole life course from pre-conception to death, with a focus on metabolism, rare diseases, drug discovery, and health inequalities. We want to take a biopsychosocial approach and build closer working relationships with Barts Health.