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UKARF highlights how age research will help to shape the future of the UK

2 October 2008

Today, 21 key funders are coming together to highlight the importance of age research in the future lives of the UK population.  The conference is being organised by UKARF, a strategic partnership between government, Research Councils and charities that aims to make a positive difference to the lives of older people through research.

A day after the UK Day of Older People, this conference will highlight how collaboration between the various funders of age research can successfully address the range of issues posed by an ageing society.

Speakers include Ian Pearson, Minister of State for Science and Innovation; Lord Sutherland of Houndwood, Chair of the House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee; Mr Mike Lake, Director General of Help the Aged; Dr Robert Butler, President of the International Longevity Centre, New York; and key UK researchers in the field of ageing.

Minister for Science and Innovation, Ian Pearson MP, said: “The excellent research into ageing being conducted in the UK is already helping to shape the quality of life of older people now. As we get older as a society, we will face a range of new challenges and it is encouraging to know that the research taking place in the UK today will contribute to helping every member of the UK population in the future.”

Research on ageing has led to fundamental changes in how we view older age and how its problems may be solved.  Among the topics for discussion are the future of age research, lessons than can be learned from the USA (the world’s largest funders of age research), how age research has led to benefits to older people, and involving older people in research.

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