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.
Professor Stephen Jackson, Director
Dr Julie Whitney, Physiotherapist and Academic
Research Nurses and Fellows
Tel: 020 3299 3420
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.
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.
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.
Our peer-reviewed publications list has details of publications written by Clinical Age Research Unit staff.