Clinical Age Research Unit

The Clinical Age Research Unit is the research arm of the Department of Clinical Gerontology. Directed by Professor Stephen Jackson, it undertakes research in three main areas:

  • the clinical pharmacology and physiology of ageing
  • falls and bone health
  • cognitive ageing and dementia.

Contact
Professor Stephen Jackson, Director
Dr Julie Whitney, Physiotherapist and Academic
Research Nurses and Fellows
Tel: 020 3299 3420
Fax: 020 3299 3441
Email: kch-tr.ClinicalAgeResearchUnit@nhs.net

Current research programmes

Falls risk factors
Investigation of risk factors for falls in older people who use walking frames.
Muscle function in ageing
Exploring the effect of hypertensives in muscle function in older people.
Microbiology of ageing
Investigation of the urinary microbiomes and its relation to morbidity in older people.
Hip fractures
Investigation of memory and confusion in older people with hip fractures.

Funding sources

These four funding streams totalled £4 million over the last 7 years.

Commercial funding, which comes from the pharmaceutical industry, includes research funding and consultancy on strategy and trial design.

Other activities

In addition to undertaking research, we also make use of our research facilities to undertake specialist investigation of patients referred by primary or secondary care. This includes dementia and cardiovascular investigations.

  • Tilt table investigation of patients undergoing investigation of unexplained falls/syncope
  • 24 hour ambulatory blood pressure measurement
  • Finger arterial BP measurements in patients who may have pseudohypertension
  • Neuropsychological assessments of patients with memory problems.

Publications

Our peer-reviewed publications list has details of publications written by Clinical Age Research Unit staff.