Lifespan and ageing research at the Faculty of Medicine and Health brings together clinicians and researchers working in diverse fields from the very first stages of life to the end of life. We investigate health across the course of life as well as trajectory effects from one development life stage to the next.
The lifespan and ageing theme encompasses research focused on the fundamental science of human development, as well as studies that take a ‘whole-of-life approach’ to health research, exploring impacts on personal health and healthspan in a wider context of lifestyle, society and environment.
While conditions of ageing are the leading cause of death in Australia, each stage of life presents opportunities for interventions that save lives, establish healthy behaviours, and ensure age-appropriate management of chronic illness. Our multidisciplinary approach leads to research that improves outcomes at some of the most vulnerable stages of life.
The Faculty of Medicine and Health undertakes multidisciplinary research in lifespan and ageing across our unique network of schools, centres and facilities.
The Faculty of Health Sciences' research into lifespan and ageing aims to promote healthy lifestyles and wellbeing, across the lifespan. Multidisciplinary teams focus on sub-themes in ageing and health, climate change and vulnerability, exercise, health and performance, living well with chronic disease, neurological rehabilitation, sports injury, sports performance and activity promotion, and work and health.
Our research has been cited in numerous national and international practice guidelines and policy documents. By translating our research, we are changing lifestyles and practices of the general public, athletes, people living with chronic diseases, older people with co-morbidities, healthcare practitioners and healthcare organisations.
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Poor oral health can have negative effects on diabetes, obesity, arthritis, cardiovascular disease, dementia and pregnancy outcomes. We're conducting ongoing research to further understand these links.
Professor Eberhard has set his sights on establishing a world-class research centre dedicated to improving oral health and unravelling connections between poor oral health and major health issues.
A $3.6 million donation by the Abrahams family through their Rosebrook Foundation was the catalyst for the plan to establish the inaugural Chair of Lifespan Oral Health, along with an ambitious drive for a $20 million research centre spearheading research, policy, advocacy and education initiatives to prevent and reduce chronic diseases caused by poor oral health. Still in development, the new Research Centre in Lifespan Oral Health is solely devoted to investigating aspects of preventable dental disease and the links to overall health.
Sydney Dental School conducts research in this area under a number of sub-themes:
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The School of Medical Sciences conducts research in this area through its laboratories within the Bosch Institute. Our research in lifespan and ageing covers multiple life stages, and includes research into diseases that disproportionately affect the very old or very young, and methods to address the critical shortage of organs and tissues for transplantation.
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As Australia’s population ages, the role of nurses specialised in lifestyle and chronic disease management will become more important than ever.
Sydney Nursing School researchers collaborate with the Charles Perkins Centre as part of a multidisciplinary team that shares a determination to ease the burden of chronic disease and ageing in Australia.
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The population ageing research program at the Sydney School of Public Health brings together a multidisciplinary team to improve the quality of life for older people. Much of the research is based on data collected in the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project (CHAMP), which involved 1700 men aged 70 years and older. We are currently working to extend this program to examine the psychosocial and economic aspects of an ageing workforce, retirement and old age.
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