Ageing and End of Life Care Research

Ageing research within the University is led by the Centre for Ageing Research (C4AR) - a formally recognised Lancaster Research Centre that involves researchers from across the University.

The Centre aims to promote and conduct high quality interdisciplinary research and research-led teaching around ageing, older people and age-related disease, establishing Lancaster University as a leading regional, national and international centre of excellence for ageing research. The Centre brings together the work of over forty academics from seventeen different departments across the University, highlighting Lancaster's interdisciplinary strength in ageing research.

The International Observatory on End of Life Care also plays a key role in research around ageing and end of life care within the Faculty. The Observatory is internationally recognised for its high quality research, evaluation, education, advocacy and consultancy designed to improve palliative and end of life care for patients and family carers.

The Centre for Ageing Research and the The International Observatory on End of Life Care work closely with the health and social care communities and have well established partnerships and research collaborations with industry and the third sector.

The Ageing and Neurodegenerative Disease research group also contribute to the cross-faculty research theme on Ageing. This research group performs basic research on mechanisms of healthy ageing using the model organism Drosophila melanogaster and research into a range of age-related diseases. This is aimed at finding improved biomarkers for diseases like Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease, as well as drug discovery and clinical trials for these diseases, and preclinical research into schizophrenia.

The Cancer Biology and DNA Damage theme crosses all Divisions within the Faculty, covering the full spectrum of cancer research, from the molecular events that underpin its development to the management of care of those terminally ill with the disease.

We work closely with the public and other end users to improve the prevention and treatment of cancer. For example, the International Observatory on End of Life Care has close relationships with local health and social care groups within the region while our research on the biology of cancer has been strongly supported by local charity North West Cancer Research, who fund a Research Fellowship in addition to other projects.