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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

Five MICRA co-researchers walking in the park

About us

MICRA is a leading research centre carrying out multidisciplinary research into fundamental questions about ageing.

MICRA supports a community of over 100 active academics, bringing together international experts and leading researchers working across the field of ageing.  Over 60 research projects and programmes span the Faculties of Humanities; Biology, Medicine and Health; and Science and Engineering.  Ageing research is a strategic priority for The University of Manchester, as part of its commitment to social, economic and cultural impact.

Founded in 2010, MICRA is recognised as a leading international centre for research on ageing.  Our researchers address fundamental research questions about ageing and society through collaborative research, with funders for ageing research including the European Union, UK Research Councils, Government, the Big Lottery, industry, NGOs and the charity sector. 

Influencing policy, practice and debate

MICRA is situated in the heart of Manchester, the UK's first city to achieve World Health Organization age-friendly status.  We engage critically with stakeholders and policy makers at global, national, regional, local and community levels to deliver research with demonstrable policy impact.

We aim to embed contributions from older people and stakeholders into all stages of research, ensuring that our work has meaning and direct societal relevance.  MICRA is part of the Greater Manchester Ageing Hub, tasked with bringing together plans to support local older people.  A range of key policy actors from across Manchester and the UK participate as hub partners.