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
Nuri Miah, Research Co-ordinator
Research Nurses and Fellows
Tel: 020 3299 3420
Fax: 020 3299 3441.

Current research programmes

Prescribing in older patients
Development of prescribing indicators and use in hospital, primary care and nursing homes to enhance the quality of prescribing.
Investigation of the determinants of ageing in older women in the Twins UK cohort.
Cognitive ageing, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia
Development of functional imaging markers of MCI and Alzheimer’s disease, investigation of discordant cognitive ageing in twins.
Falls risk factors
Investigation of risk factors for falls in patients with dementia
Pathophysiology of carotid sinus syndrome
Investigation of the pathophysiology of carotid sinus syndrome

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.


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