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.