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Our role is to support the delivery of high-quality clinical research relevant to the care of older people. We help to manage participant recruitment to time and target, both for studies which are led from Scotland, and studies led from other nations which Scottish sites are participating in. We provide support in the following areas:

  • Managing the study portfolio record
  • Monitoring the attainment of recruitment targets
  • Providing advice on study design and feasibility
  • Troubleshooting issues with poor recruitment
  • Identifying potential sites for studies
  • Facilitating access to resource to support research, for example through the Clinical Research Facility
  • (CRF) Research Nurses
  • Facilitating research links and networking.

We oversee observational and interventional research that is relevant to the care of older people. The topics of our research include:

  • The mechanisms of ageing
  • Physical activity in older people
  • Frailty
  • Sedentary Behaviour
  • Sarcopenia
  • Dementia
  • Delirium
  • Stroke
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Falls
  • Heart failure.

Our cross-cutting work in this area necessitates a close working relationship with a number of different NHS Research Scotland Networks and Specialty Groups, namely: NRS Cardiovascular; Dermatology; Genetics; Musculoskeletal; Neuroprogressive and Dementia; and Stroke.

We have over 300 members on our mailing list from a range of disciplines including both clinicians and researchers. An annual meeting is held in February/March each year offering excellent opportunities to hear from experts in the field, for researchers to present their work and to enable group members to ‘network’.

Newsletters also help group members informed of our activities and we have close links with the British Geriatrics Society.

Patient, Carer and public information

NHS Research Scotland is committed to actively involving patients, those who care for them and the public in all aspects of the research process, including shaping future research activity. The focus of our NRS Ageing meeting in was on service user involvement in research and we invited members of the public to attend.

NRS Ageing at Helping all Persons to Flourish: Interdisciplinary and creative practices in care homes 2019

NRS Ageing attended the conference on Thursday 12 September at Hibernian Stadium in Edinburgh, with discussion focussing on the meaning of flourishing in care homes, transgenerational engagement, therapeutic effectiveness, creative practices, advances in technology.


NRS Ageing at the European Delirium Association Teaching Day

NRS Ageing attended the event at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, one of the world’s major meetings on delirium which covered the state of the art in delirium research and clinical practice. The programme covered a wide spectrum of topics, from advances in clinical care in the acute hospital and community settings, quality improvement, pathophysiology, educational methods, palliative care, and clinical trials.


NRS Ageing & British Geriatric Society Scotland (BGSS) Spring Meeting 2019

The NRS Ageing & BGSS Spring Meeting took place on Friday 26 April 2019. Dr Susan Shenkin presented at the event, which had a packed schedule of experts in the field.

NRS Ageing Specialty Group Meeting 2017

Held at Queen Margaret University on 30 March 2017, structured around the theme Living Well Through Ageing: cross-disciplinary perspectives.

Presentations on the day included:

NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Academic Geriatric Medical Workshop 2018

Dr Susan Shenkin represented Scotland at the 1st NIHR BRC AGM. The workshop explored the breadth and depth of excellence across translational ageing research, and discussed ways in which this can be made more visible and accessible, particularly to research funders, academics, clinicians, students, trainees, and funders.

1st NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Academic Geriatric Medical Workshop

Specific outputs were agreed to be taken forward by the group, and a plan for a second annual workshop to update on progress has been mooted, date to be confirmed.

NRS Ageing newsletter

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Specialty Lead: Dr Susan Shenkin 

Performance Manager: Jacqueline Pearson

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