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ESRC offers new dynamics for old in UK

ctancy, and the dynamics of ageing are changing as never before.

In a move to tackle such challenges, the ESRC's ageing related research includes a major interdisciplinary research program - the New Dynamics of Ageing (NDA).

This initiative will provide a strong evidence base for policy decisions and fund exploration into the major issues of ageing. Headed by Professor Alan Walker, University of Sheffield, (who previously led ESRC's Growing Older Program), the NDA work is planned to run for over five years at a budget of over £12 million pounds, and will involve a wide variety of scientists across many disciplines. It is jointly funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Medical Research Council.

The NDA program addresses research questions that are relevant to not just existing pensioners, but also those post-war baby boomers who are now aged 40-65 - people who have very different retirement expectations.

Other ESRC research funding into ageing, includes major research programs, individual research grants, and studentships.

The ESRC funded program, Simulating Social Policy for an Ageing Society has identified women as one of the most vulnerable pension groups. This authoritative study from the London School of Economics and Southampton University led by Professor Jane Falkingham, provides diverse evidence in order to examine a range of social policy reform scenarios.

The changing health implications of ageing are focused upon by ESRC's Innovative Health Technologies program. Jointly funded by the Medical Research Council, this major research program directed by Professor Andrew Webster at the University of York, examines the role in which new technologies can play in redefining how we manage health and medicine. Through this program, for example, Professor Jane Seymour at Nottin
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