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CARDI launches funding call for future leaders in ageing research

CARDI launched a new call (Monday, 20 January) for future leaders in ageing research. It will fund up to three post-doctoral research fellows covering their salary for three years and £50,000 each for research expenses. The new call is the second in its Leadership Programme which aims to support high quality research into ageing. For more information, terms of reference and application form please click here.

Leadership Programme 2014: Briefings
CARDI will present three briefings about its post-doctoral research Fellowships awards.  
  • Room 1B121, University of Ulster Jordanstown at 2.30pm on Wednesday 29 January.
  • Bamford Centre, Aberfoyle House, University of Ulster Magee at 11.30 on Monday 3 February.
  • Queen’s University Belfast on Tuesday 4 February, 12.30pm, venue to be confirmed.
The briefings will last approximately one hour, consisting of a presentation and a question and answer session. CARDI will also be happy to have one-to-one discussions with any post-docs with 2-7 years’ experience who are interested in applying or to senior academics who may wish to propose a candidate. For more information please contact or call Paul McGill at 0044 (0) 289069066.

CARDI announces ageing research fellows

CARDI  has announced the two successful CARDI fellows who were selected from the first Leadership call in September 2013: Dr Aisling O’Halloran, a post doctoral fellow in health research with TILDA (The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing) at Trinity College Dublin and Dr. Mark O’Doherty, a postdoctoral research fellow from the UKCRC Centre of Excellence for Public Health, Queen’s University Belfast. Read more here.

Support to attend Canadian Summer Program in Aging June 2014-Awards

CARDI and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) - Institute of Aging are working in partnership to support up to four early career researchers to attend the Canadian Summer Program in Aging 2014 in Toronto, June 16-20. The award will cover flights, accommodation, meals and the 5 day training programme registration fee. Closing date for applications is March 4, 2014. For more information, conditions of eligibilty and to download the application form click here

Housing for an ageing population: Seminar 13/02/2014

There are a limited number of places still available for CARDI's housing seminar which will take place on Thursday 13 February at the Holiday Inn in Belfast.The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Claire Keatinge, will open the event. The seminar will include a keynote speech given by Professor Anthea Tinker of King’s College London and presentations from Owen Metcalfe, Director, the Institute of Public Health in Ireland, Joe Frey, Research Manager,  Northern Ireland Housing Executive, Rodd Bond, Director, Netwell Centre, Dundalk Institute of Technology and John O'Connor, Chief Executive of the Housing Agency (ROI). Please click here for more information and registration details.

Recognising Diversity in Public Health: Call for abstracts

The Public Health Agency (NI) and partners, including CARDI, will be hosting the third Public Health Annual Scientific Conference Monday 16 June. The theme of the Conference will be Recognising Diversity in Public Health and it will focus on how public health innovations, research and practice are meeting the needs of diversity. A call for abstracts is now open. The closing date for submission of abstracts is Friday 28 February and should be emailed to:

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Ageing Research News

Ageing Research News

University of Greenwich launches Centre for Positive Ageing

Helping people to grow older in a happy and healthy way is the subject of a major new research programme at the University of Greenwich. Researchers will investigate a variety of areas that affect older people – such as pain, falls, dementia and other long-term conditions, housing and access to technology. Read more here.

IFA 12th Global Conference on Ageing: Call for abstracts

A call for abstracts for the International Federation on Ageing's 12th Global Conference is now open. The conference will take place in Hydrabad, India 10-13 June 2014. For more information about the conference and abstract call please visit:

Landscapes of Aging: Call for Abstracts

The Canadian Association on Gerontology has announced a call for abstracts for CAG2014: Landscapes of Aging, October 16-18, 2014 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. This multidisciplinary conference is for those interested in individual and population ageing.  For more information, please visit

15 minute test could detect early cognitive decline

Researchers at Ohio State University have devised a new test to detect the early signs of Alzheimer's Disease. According to the Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, the 15-minute at-home test may be able to detect early signs of Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, and cognitive decline. Read more about the test here.

Using music to re-awaken memories

Research shows that engagement with the creative arts may be beneficial for older people with dementia. A US project Memory and Music works with nursing home staff and other elder care professionals, as well as family caregivers, how to create and provide personalised playlists using iPods. Read more here.

Brain training has lasting cognitive effects

A brief course of brain exercises helped older adults hold on to improvements in reasoning skills and processing speed for 10 years after the course ended, according to results from the largest study ever done on cognitive training.The findings from the study led by John Hopkins University were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Read more here.

Promoting independent living

EASYCare is a new collaborative project promoting independent living for older people. It involves a large network of researchers, service providers, practitioners, volunteers and age advocacy partners throughout the world. Its aim is to extend healthy active life and maximise independence in old age using the EASYCare targeted approach to early identification of needs, and by providing a response according to the priorities of the older person. Read more here.

Health Research Board invests €9 million in new research leaders

The Health Research Board (HRB) has appointed six new HRB Research Leaders as part of an €9 million investment to address strategic gaps and leadership capacity in population health and health services research in Ireland. Read more here.

Retired people are less sedentary than those who work

A recent study from the Institute of Ageing and Health (IAH) at Newcastle University has suggested that retirement may have a positive effect on time spent being active (walking). The study, led by Dr. Alan Godfrey and recently published in the journal Age and Ageing, examined the ambulatory and sedentary (time spent sitting/lying) behaviours of 98 older adults (48-89 years) from the cohort of healthy adults recruited as part of the ICICLE Gait study. Read more here.

QUB researcher aims to turn the clock back on dementia

Dr Eugene O’Hare, Queen's University Belfast, hopes his research may help provide a treatment for a disease which touches the lives of millions of people throughout the world – Alzheimer’s. He is collaborating with Senexis Ltd, a Cambridge- based drug-development company that is focused on discovering new compounds for the treatment of dementia. Read more here.

Census 2011 and the Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study

The Northern Ireland Longitudinal Study (NILS) is a large-scale record linkage study of approximately 500,000 people that was created by linking statistical and administrative data sources. The NILS previously included the 2001 Census returns, demographic and migration events, and vital events (births and deaths), and now also includes 2011 Census data. To date 43 projects have been completed on the NILS and a further 20 are currently under way. More information is available at the NILS-RSU website.

Ageing Policy News

European pilot project on health and safety of older workers
A European pilot project is investigating occupational health and safety policy, strategy, programmes and practices in the member states and beyond to assist policy in the area of older workers. Views and experiences from workplaces will contribute to provide a complete picture of what is taking place and what is needed. Read more here.

Age-friendly Belfast: Public consultation

In May 2012, the Lord Mayor of Belfast signed a declaration which committed Belfast to join the World Health Organisation Global Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities. Belfast Strategic Partnership has produced a draft 3 year Age-friendly Plan and now seeks consultations. Read more here.

Commissioner for Older People (NI) seeks views of carers over 60

The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland has launched a new survey seeking the views of carers aged 60 or over.  The results of this survey will be used to inform the Commissioner's policy and be announced later this year. You can complete the survey online by clicking this link or for more information visit the Commissioner's website.

Changes to home repair and adaptation schemes in ROI

A recent circular from the ROI's Department of Environment announced cuts to the home repair and home adaptation grants scheme. Organisations representing older people and disable people criticised the cuts, as threatening the ability of vulnerable people to live independently in their own homes. The Department has defended the cuts arguing that changes to the schemes will make them better able to target those who need them most. Read more about the changes here.
Cancer rates on the rise in UK

The number of people being diagnosed with cancer each year in Britain has increased by 50,000 over the past decade, according to new figures from Cancer Research UK . Cancer numbers have gone up primarily because people are living longer although alcohol and obesity are also playing a part in the rise in the numbers. Read more here.

NHS faces challenge to reform

The challenges of an ageing population, the cost of new drugs and treatments, and growing expectations of what health services should deliver despite stagnating funding have triggered a fundamental shift in how healthcare in the UK is commissioned, provided and regulated. Recent NHS reforms have overhauled the system with the aim of enabling it to overcome these issues – but how successful have the reforms been? Read more here.

Age Scotland expands Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender outreach project

Age Scotland has announced an expansion of its Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender outreach project. Research shows that older LGBT people have significantly diminished support networks when compared to the general older population.Read more here.

Number of older workers on the increase

The number of over-64s in work in the UK has risen by a third since 2010 to more than a million, with older staff saying they enjoy working. Most over-64s in work also benefit from social interaction with other age groups, according to a recent survey by Saga. Read more here.

Steep rise in use of restraints in care settings

UK health watchdogs say two thirds of hospitals and care homes are breaking the law by locking up vulnerable patients, stopping them seeing loved ones, or refusing them daily activities without following protocals to ensure such actions are only taken if truly necessary. Read more here.

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Research and Policy Publications

Polypharmacy and hospital admission

Patients with a single illness who take many drugs have an increased risk of being admitted to hospital, but for patients with multiple conditions, taking many medicines is now associated with a near-normal risk of admission. The findings from research led by the Cambridge Centre for Health Research were published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. Read more here.

Public Service Reform Plan 2014-2016 (ROI)

The ROI government recently published a new Public Service Reform Plan 2014-2016 and the Second Progress Report on its previous Reform Plan. It contains a number of measures in the health sector that concern older people. Read more here.

Older carers and work

Caring responsibilities limit the ability of many older people to work and older carers can face challenges both in the workplace and in finding work, according to new research from the National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre (Australia). Read more here.

Demystifying non-mortgage borrowing in older age

New research by the Personal Finance Research Centre (PFRC) at the University of Bristol reveals the persistence of debt in old age. ‘Demystifying non-mortgage borrowing in older age: a longitudinal approach’, is published by PFRC and the International Longevity Centre–UK (ILC-UK) as part of the Secondary Data Analysis Initiative funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. Read more here.

Older people and cold weather

Cold weather can pose special risks to older adults. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (US), has some advice for helping older people avoid hypothermia — when the body gets too cold — during cold weather: Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Hazard  and Stay Safe in Cold Weather.

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10th annual Cochrane in Ireland conference

The 10th annual Cochrane in Ireland conference will be held at the School of Nursing & Human Sciences, Dublin City University on Friday 24 January 2014, from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm. Online registration is now available at

Transforming long-term care in Europe

Public Policy Exchange will host an event entitled Transforming long-term care in Europe in Brussels, Tuesday 28 January. For more information click here.

Dementia care in acute hospitals

The Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation, UCC, is hosting a conference on Friday, 31 January in Cork entitled 'Dementia Care in Acute Hospitals'. For more information click here.

All-Ireland Trials Methodology Hub Roadshow

The Medical Research Council is hosting the All-Ireland Trials Methodology Hub Roadshow on Tuesday, 4 February at the University of Ulster. For more information click here.

Training for use of SILC data

Data without Boundaries, in cooperation with Eurostat, is organising a course on the European Union Statistics on Living Conditions (EU‐SILC) with a specific focus on the longitudinal component. The course will take place in Paris, France from 19-21 February. For more information click here.

Northern Ireland Stroke Conference 2014

Northern Ireland Multidisciplinary Association for Stroke Teams (NIMAST) / UK Stroke Forum will host the Northern Ireland Stroke Conference 2014 on 21 May 2014, La Mon Hotel & Country Club, near Belfast. For more information visit or email

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Funding, Awards & Training Opportunities

Inspire & Include: Tender

Age UK is running a project, Inspire & Include, with the focus on increasing the number of older disabled adults regularly participating in sport. Age UK wishes to assess the success or otherwise of this project and are inviting tenders for the evaluation of this project. Read more here.

Intercultural project officer vacancy

Age Action Ireland wishes to appoint a Project Officer to implement, manage and deliver a new intercultural project regarding the promotion of interculturalism in residential care settings for older people in the north Dublin region. Read more here.

Engagement Fellowships

The Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellowships scheme is now open. It aims to support and develop upcoming stars in public engagement with science. Read more here.

Lifelong Health and Ageing at UCL: research positions

University College London is currently advertising three clinical research posts in ageing. Closing date is 2 February. More details on the positions available here.

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This work has been made possible through funding by The Atlantic Philanthropies, augmented by grants from the Department of Health and Children in Dublin and the Health & Social Care Research & Development Office, Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland. CARDI is hosted by the Institute of Public Health in Ireland.