We are pleased to announce that the Rosetrees Physics of Medicine network and the ART (Ageing Research Translation) of Healthy Ageing Network are joining forces to deliver an exciting one-day interdisciplinary workshop on translational ageing research in Newcastle-upon-Tyne on 21st February 2024. This event aims to promote interdisciplinary research engagement between physical, biomedical and clinician scientists, at all career stages and to develop novel ideas and collaborations in ageing research. There will also be opportunities for networking with leading researchers from different disciplines. This workshop represents one of a series of interdisciplinary workshops funded by the Rosetrees Trust, as part of the Physics of Medicine Network award and is part of the wider UKRI-funded Physics of Life Network.
Who should attend?
We encourage participation by academic, industrial and clinical scientists in the UK and abroad, at all stages of their careers, who are interested in generating new collaborative, translational research into ageing at the interface between the physical and clinical sciences. CPD points will be applied for.
The day will start at approx. 10.00 and finish at 16.30 and will be split into the following 4 sessions:
Session 1: Meeting the challenges of ageing research through the physical sciences Aims:
To summarise the challenges of ageing at the individual and societal levels on health and wellbeing
To showcase the potential for integration of physical sciences with other disciplines to solve challenges in ageing research Confirmed speakers include:
Miles Witham (Newcastle University)The need for translational research to meet the clinical challenges of ageing Aneta Stefanovska (Lancaster University) Chronotaxis: integrating mathematics with physiology in ageing research Kevin Chalut (Altos Labs)Mechanobiology: integrating physics with biology in ageing research
Session 2: Novel characterisation of ageing phenotypes: the role of imaging Aims:
To showcase how novel imaging techniques can advance understanding of age-related conditions
To highlight how innovation in imaging can translate to innovation in clinical practice
Confirmed speakers: Andy Blamire (Newcastle University) Using MRI to characterise metabolic signatures Susan Francis (University of Nottingham) Using MRI to characterise physiology Matt Birkbeck (Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre) Introducing MUMRI: a new technique for motor unit assessment in skeletal muscle research
Session 3: Diagnostics and measurement Aims:
To showcase how physical sciences can enable measurement of real-world patient outcomes
To introduce the process of how diagnostic tests are developed and evaluated, and how NIHR HealthTech Research Centres can assist with this
Confirmed speakers include: Chloe Hinchliffe (Newcastle University) Measuring movement up close – Innovative approaches to utilising wearable activity sensors John Simpson (Newcastle University) Moving from the lab to the market – NIHR HealthTech Research Centres and diagnostic device evaluation.
Session 4: Connecting & collaborating Aims:
To share perspectives on future funding and capacity building opportunities in interdisciplinary ageing research
To agree next steps to catalyse physical and biomedical collaborations for ageing research
Confirmed speakers include: Alice Fayter (MRC UKRI)Interdisciplinary research – a UKRI perspective Mark Leake (University of York)Physics of Life and Physics of Medicine – interdisciplinary networking Chris Ponting (University of Edinburgh)Interdisciplinary training - the X-Net experience Ilaria Bellatuono (University of Sheffield) The growing ageing research ecosystem