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Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

MICRA to give Keynote and Presidential Symposia at IAGG 2017

21 July 2017

The International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) is hosting its four-yearly worldwide conference on ageing at the World Congress in San Francisco.

The conference will take place from 23 to 27 July. Over 6,000 professionals in gerontology and geriatrics are expected to attend. The 2017 theme is “Global Aging and Health: Bridging Science, Policy, and Practice”.

MICRA has a significant presence at this International Conference:

  • Chris Phillipson will be delivering a keynote address entitled "Developing a Political Economy of Ageing: New Approaches to Social Justice and Inequality".
  • Tine Buffel will chair the Presidential Symposium, Collaborative Urbanism and Coproduction: Global Perspectives on Building Age Friendly Communities. The symposium looks to develop a new framework for analysing opportunities and barriers to implementing the age friendly model in a variety of urban contexts in North America and Europe.
  • Tine and Chris will also present their research on whether global cities can be age-friendly cities, and present their paper on Co-Defining Goals of Age Friendly Efforts with Older Co-Researchers which focuses on older people as co-researchers in developing age-friendly communities in Manchester.
  • Samuele Remillard-Boilard will bring her research of age-friendly policies comparisons in Manchester, Montreal and Brussels to the symposium, focusing on the challenges of developing age-friendly environments in socially and ethnically diverse cities.

The University of Manchester has an array of further papers and posters showcasing ageing research across a number of disciplines:

  • Ira Leroi and John Keady present results from their ‘Neighbourhoods and Dementia’ study, asking what is important to people with dementia versus trial outcomes, and Ira also presents a poster on ‘Goal-oriented cognitive rehabilitation in early-stage dementia: results from a great trial’.
  • Ruth Itzahiki chairs a symposium on ‘The Role of Microbes in the Development of Alzheimer’s disease: state of the art’, and presents her work on the role of the Herpes Simplex Virus Type 1 in Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Further papers and posters on the biology of ageing feature the cross-disciplinary fRaill research project presenting ’The Genetics of Frailty: Summary of the Results of the Genetics Work in the FRail project’ by James Nazroo, Neil Pendleton, Bram Vanhoutte, Krisztina Mekli, and Gindo Tampubolon.
  • Neil Pendleton’s work on a longitudinal study of the metabolic syndromes components associations with cognitive decline in ageing men is also featured in a poster session.
  • David Reeves presents his work on the multinational European project developing the Prima-Eds electronic decision support tool for polypharmacy.

In the social sciences:

  • James Nazroo collaborates in a symposium on ‘Ageing in China and Australia: Social, Economic and Health Implications’ with a paper presenting research results on ‘Paid Work in Later Life in China and Australia: Evidence from CHARLS and HILDA’.
  • Tine Buffel, James Nazroo, and Jenn Prattley present their work on ‘Individual and Area Influences on the Development of Social Exclusion Among Urban Elders’ in a symposium on Social and Economic Inequalities: the Marginalisation of Older People.
  • Chris Phillipson and Amanda Grenier present two papers reflecting their work on precarious ageing and the lifecourse.
  • Debora Price presents a paper on ‘Autonomy, Identity and Ageing: Household Money and Later Life’ as part of three linked symposia organised by the GSA's Lifelong Financial Health Workgroup. Debbie also presents two posters from the WHERL project, on Wellbeing, Health, Retirement and the Lifecourse.

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