Healthy Ageing

Research into the causes, patterns and control of chronic diseases like asthma, cancer, arthritis and hepatitis benefits from the multi-disciplinary insights that are found in abundance in a large faculty like the University of Sydney Medical School. Also work on injury prevention such as traffic accidents and farm injuries can save the community time, money and loss of quality of life.

In pursing chronic disease and ageing our researchers are tackling the leading causes of death, disability and reduced quality of life in all advanced industrialised nations and in an increasing number of low income nations. They know that these diseases constitute a highly significant social and economic community burden and they are seeking prevention and control through genetic, behavioural, cultural, economic and environmental means.

Theme Co-leaders

Professor Stephen Leeder and Professor Richard Lindley

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Looking for a researcher or a PhD supervisor? Take a look at the "Find a Researcher" page to search for our world-class chronic disease and aging researchers.

Latest News


26 March 2014 - Inflammation, gliapses and progression of Parkinson's
Speaker - Professor Mar'a Trinidad Herrero, Head, Clinical & Experimental Neuroscience (NiCE-CIBERNED), University Jaume I / University of Murcia, Spain
Hosted by the Centenary Institute
Time: 3pm - 4pm
Location: The Centenary Institute Lecture Theatre, Level 6, Building 93, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Grounds

28 March 2014 - Behavioural, electrophysiological and molecular correlates of ageing in the mouse balance system
Speaker - Dr Aaron Camp, Discipline of Biomedical Science, School of Medical Sciences
Hosted by theBosch Institute
Time: 1pm
Location: Room N248, Anderson Stuart Building, Camperdown campus, The University of Sydney

7 April 2014 - Dementia and disability symposium
The symposium will feature presentations that cover the latest research about people with a disability who acquire dementia, and hear from a range of organisations across the aged care and disability services sector about how they are responding to their goals and needs.
Time: 9.30am - 4pm
Location: Strangers Dining Room, NSW Parliament House
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9 May 2014 - Age-related dementia: the brain is destroyed by the pulse
Speaker - Professor Jonathan Stone, Discipline of Physiology, School of Medical Sciences and the Bosch Institute
Hosted by theBosch Institute
Time: 1pm
Location: Room N248, Anderson Stuart Building, Camperdown campus, The University of Sydney


Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Alzheimer's Disease grant
The Fund is calling for applications for funding from scientists working on novel approaches to therapy for Alzheimer's Disease. Closing date 11 April 2014.
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Study - Are you aged 60 years or older and wanting to become more physically active?
This study aims to determine the benefits of an intervention package which involves a falls risk assessment, tailored fall prevention and physical activity plan supported by health coaching and provision of a Fitbit (an affordable pedometer-like device).
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