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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 

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.

Key Contacts

Specialty Lead: Dr Susan Shenkin 

Performance Manager: Sharon Southern