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Brave New World: Ageing research at Reading

Release Date 29 June 2006

an elderly manThe amount of research into ageing at the University of Reading has increased considerably in recent years, and academics will be highlighting their approaches to improving the quality of life of older people at a special workshop on Monday 3 July. Topics being presented cover a wide range of issues, including NHS care for older people, the role of community matrons and health in later life. 'Brave New World: Ageing Research at the University of Reading' has been organised by AGEnet, the University's unique network of researchers, charity workers, healthcare professionals and members of the public interested in ageing, impairment and disability "This AGEnet summer event is to update our colleagues and friends on the various new developments in ageing research at the University of Reading," said Professor Peter Lansley, the Director of AGEnet. "These include the new Institute of Health Sciences at the London Road campus, new researchers in the field of ageing and the success of the Reading based SPARC Research initiative, which is encouraging new young researchers into the field across the UK." During the day, six specialists will give presentations about their work. Professor Margot Gosney will introduce the new scene of ageing research at Reading, and this will be followed by a talk entitled 'Bugs that Stick' by Dr Ben Vincent of Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust. Sharon Killick of the University's School of Health & Social Care will discuss community matrons, while the School's Wendy Martin will consider 'Risky Bodies? Health, Risk and Ageing in later life'. Finally, Professor Christina Victor will consider the issue of mental health in a talk entitled 'Use it or Lose it', and Dr David Oliver will talk about 'Joined up services for Falls and Fractures – Can we turn policies into reality?'. All are welcome to attend the free workshop, but booking is essential. Please contact Verity Smith, the AGEnet co-ordinator, for details. E-mail: Tel: 0118 378 7179. End For media enquiries, please contact Craig Hillsley, University press officer: T: 0118 378 7388 E:

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