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Date:10/18/2007

The New Dynamics of Ageing Programme (NDA), a collaboration between five of the UK's Research Councils the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council and the Medical Research Council, has announced the second round of successful applications to be funded under the programme.

Research has been at the heart of the improvements in life expectancy and is now focussed on improving the quality of people's lives as they age. Twelve new research projects have been funded, totalling around 3million investment in the vital area of ageing research. The projects include:

  • Research at the University of Wales, Swansea led by Professor Judith Philips focussing on how older people respond to unfamiliar spaces when using different types of transport. This research has a potential impact for both housing and urban planning policy.

  • Looking at the ways in which Older Peoples Quality of Life (OPQOL), a key aspect of active ageing policies, can be measured and the factors which can affect it provides the focus of Professor Ann Bowlings, research at University College London.

  • At Glasgow School of Art, Professor Alastair Macdonald will look at innovative ways of visualising biomechanical data in order to inform healthcare and design practice.

  • Professor Christina Victors research at the University of Reading aims to provide greater understanding of the experience and meaning of growing older within a South Asian Community within the UK.

  • By analysing longitudinal data, Professor David Blane, Imperial College London will look at the relationships between health, paid employment and informal caring as people grow older to see whether these are changing over time.

  • At the University of Bristol, Dr Liz Lloyd will
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Contact: Danielle Moore
danielle.moore@esrc.ac.uk
01-793-413-122
Economic & Social Research Council
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