Following the announcement of a £40m National Centre for Ageing Science and Innovation, to be opened by Newcastle University, NewcastleGateshead has reported a busy year for targeting and winning ageing-related conferences and events.
The Newcastle University Institute for Ageing welcomed delegates from across the globe at seven meetings and events over the past 12 months, the most significant being the 6th Annual Alliance for Healthy Ageing in October 2015.Four more age-related events are in the pipeline, including a 10-year anniversary celebration of the 85+ project, the first research project of its kind in the UK to carry out a study on subjects 85 years of age.
While 2018 will celebrate the 70-year anniversary of the Newcastle Thousand Families Study, an ongoing study that has monitored the health and lifestyles of over 1,000 individuals from birth, and now covers a wide range of social and health topics related to understanding how we can age better.
Paul Szomoru, head of business tourism at NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “The Institute for Ageing is a fantastic asset for the city. Furthermore the establishment of the National Centre for Ageing Science and Innovation is not only a testament to the outstanding work and research of the University, but reflects national confidence in their ageing science skills and capability.
“We have three core sectors of excellence in NewcastleGateshead; medical science and sustainability, tech and innovation and offshore and marine. The Institute for Ageing plays its part in driving our knowledge-based strategies and sector strengths. Conferences and events relating to ageing science and innovation will continue to enable us to profile these assets and strengths.
“We will continue to work closely with Newcastle University, through our Conference Ambassador Programme, to identify conferences which will not only bring benefits to the city and University but which we can provide added value to through the city’s expertise and facilities.”
Newcastle University was recently recognised as one of four sites in the North to become a ‘Reference Site’ for health and ageing, through the Northern Health Science Alliance.
Professor Louise Robinson, director of the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing added: “By bringing leading academics, policy makers, health professionals and industry together in our region, we are speaking to a global audience, and cementing long standing partnerships that will positively affect the ageing landscape for generations to come.”