The future of ageing


Published 25/04/2023

Cover ageing report

This report sets out an ethical framework and recommendations for research and innovation related to ageing.

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The working group

Bella Starling (Chair of the working group) Director of Vocal and Professor of Inclusive Research at Manchester Academic Health Science Centre. Bella is also a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow and Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement lead for the NIHR Manchester Biomedical Research Centre and Clinical Research Facility

Muna Al Jawad 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 FMedSci Professor of Public Health Medicine and Director of the Cambridge Institute of Public Health in the University of Cambridge.

Frances Flinter Emeritus Professor of Clinical Genetics at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, where she was also the Caldicott Guardian for 12 years. She is a non-executive member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA); Scientific Adviser to the Science and Technology Committee for their investigation into Commercial Genomics; and a member of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics.

Ann Gallagher Head of Nursing and 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 Professor of Practice in Healthy Ageing at Newcastle University. He is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) and the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA).

Baroness Sally Greengross OBE Until her death in June 2022, Sally had been a crossbench (independent) member of the House of Lords since 2000 and co-chaired five All-Party Parliamentary Groups relevant to ageing. Sally was also Chair of the cross-party Intergenerational Fairness Forum and Chief Executive of the International Longevity Centre UK.

Rachel Griffiths Independent consultant on human rights and mental capacity in health and social care; Mental Capacity Act subject matter expert to Health Education England; former mental capacity lead to the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Sarah Harper CBE 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 Principal Investigator on the DAI@Oxford Programme, part of the Design Age Institute of the Royal College of Art.

Janet Lord CBE FMedSci Professor of Immune Cell Biology and Director of the Medical Research Council Versus Arthritis Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research at the Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, Birmingham University.

James Nazroo FBA FaCSS 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 Economic and Social Research Council Centre of Dynamics of Ethnicity (CoDE).

Mark Schweda 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 Director of Medical Ethics and Law Education, University of Oxford. She is a medically trained bioethicist and public health researcher who led the Health Foundation’s COVID-19 impact inquiry.

Patrick Vernon OBE Independent Adviser on Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion for the Crown Prosecution Service. Patrick is also non-executive Director and Chair of Birmingham and Solihull ICS, and Chair of Walsall Together Health Partnership.

Gry Wester Healthcare management consultant at VMLY&R Health, working on market access and business strategy in the specialty, Rx, pharmaceutical, and biotech sector. Prior to joining VMLY&R Health, Gry was a lecturer and researcher at King’s College London.

A register of interests for the working group is available here (Feb 2023).