Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research

What we do

The Academic Unit for Ageing and Stroke Research is a leading research centre with an established record of addressing key, clinically relevant questions in elderly care and stroke. A programme of multidisciplinary health services research has been developed, facilitated by a strong and supportive network of local and national colleague researchers, NHS clinical staff, patients and their families. The research has used a mixed-methods approach, incorporating qualitative, quantitative and health economic evaluations.

Our Research

Frailty and Elderly Care Research

The award winning Frailty and Elderly Care research group addresses the needs of an ageing population. This population has life-long accumulated exposures which contribute to chronic disease and give rise to associated physical and mental health co-morbidities. In response to the health service challenges posed by multi-morbidity in the elderly

https://medicinehealth.leeds.ac.uk/medicine/dir-record/research-groups/1063/frailty-and-elderly-care-research

Stroke Research

Our stroke rehabilitation research is primarily focused on post-stroke care. We have a long-established programme of research addressing the longer term psycho-social outcomes for people and their families after stroke. Our work is underpinned by strong national and international collaborations. We work in close collaboration with the Leeds Institute of Clinical Trials Research.

https://medicinehealth.leeds.ac.uk/medicine/dir-record/research-groups/1035/stroke-rehabilitation

Care Home Research

Residents of care homes are amongst the frailest of our population. There are more than twice as many people living in care homes in England and Wales than there are people staying in hospital, yet we know far more about effective treatments in hospital and less about what works most effectively to improve care for older people in care homes. There are an estimated 416,000 older people living in care homes (residents) in the UK. In recent years the numbers of residents with severe frailty has risen and their care needs have become greater. There is an urgent need for high quality and co-ordinated research in care homes.

https://medicinehealth.leeds.ac.uk/medicine/dir-record/research-groups/1034/care-home-research

Who we are

Unit Lead

Professor Anne Forster - Professor of Stroke Rehabilitation and Head of Unit; NIHR Senior Investigator

Senior Academics

Professor Andrew Clegg - Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Dr Elizabeth Teale - Clinical Senior Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine

Mary Godfrey - Reader in Health and Social Care

Emeritus Professor

Professor John Young - Professor of Elderly Care Medicine

Contact us

Deborah King, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Telephone: +44 (0)1274 383406

Funding Sources

National Institute for Health Research

The Stroke Association

Dunhill Medical Practice

Chartered Society of Physiotherapy Charitable Trust