25 Apr 23
The future of ageing
This report sets out an ethical framework and recommendations for research and innovation related to ageing.
The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has appointed members to the working group of its latest in-depth inquiry into the future of ageing, which will examine ethical questions in relation to the role of science and technology in helping people live well in old age.
The working group includes expertise in biology, medicine, nursing, technology, public health, law, philosophy, sociology, and ageing. You can read their full biographies here.
The working group members:
Bella Starling (Chair of the working group) is a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow and Director of Vocal, at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.
Muna Al Jawad is as a Consultant in Medicine for Older People at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton. She is a senior lecturer in medical education and lead for curriculum development at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Muna is a practitioner-researcher.
Carol Brayne CBE is a Professor of Public Health Medicine and Director of the Cambridge Institute of Public Health in the University of Cambridge.
Frances Flinter is Emeritus Professor of Clinical Genetics at Guy’s & St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, where she was also the Caldicott Guardian for 12 years. Currently, she acts as Scientific Advisor to the Science and Technology Committee for their investigation into Commercial Genomics.
Ann Gallagher is Head of Nursing & Professor of Care Education, Ethics and Research at the Academy of Nursing, University of Exeter. She is Editor-in-Chief of Nursing Ethics, a Fulbright Scholar and served two terms as a member of the Nuffield Council.
Peter Gore is a Professor of Practice in healthy ageing at Newcastle University. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IMechE and RSA, with a particular focus on the role of technology in ageing.
Rachel Griffiths is part of the leadership group of the National Mental Capacity Forum, and of the UK Department of Health and Social Care working groups on the code of practice and workforce implementation for the forthcoming Liberty Protection Safeguards.
Sarah Harper is Clore Professor of Gerontology at the University of Oxford, a Fellow at University College, and the Director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing. She currently directs the Oxford Programme on Fertility, Education and Environment (OxFEE) and is PI on the DAI@Oxford Programme, part of the Design Age Institute of the Royal College of Art.
Janet Lord is Professor of Immune Cell Biology and director of the Institute for Inflammation and Ageing at Birmingham University. She is also director of the MRC-Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research. She is a theme lead in the NIHR Birmingham BRC in Inflammation.
James Nazroo FBA FaCSS, is Professor of Sociology at the University of Manchester, founding and co-Director of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA) and founding and Deputy Director of the ESRC Centre of Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE).
Mark Schweda is a philosopher and bioethicist. He is Professor for Ethics in Medicine at the Department of Health Services Research of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences at the University of Oldenburg (Germany).
Mehrunisha Suleman is a medically trained bioethicist and public health researcher who is leading the Health Foundation's COVID-19 impact inquiry.
Patrick Vernon is Associate Director for Connected Communities for the Centre for Ageing Better. Patrick is also Independent Adviser on Equality and Diversity for Lambeth Council.
Gry Wester is a Lecturer in Bioethics in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at King’s College London.