Fall research ‘supergroup’ formed – University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria is spearheading research aimed at improving the lives of older adults by working to encourage more physical activity to reduce the likelihood of falls.

The university’s Active Ageing Research Centre (AARG) has joined academics from universities in Scotland and Wales to form a group which it is hoped will enable more widespread research to take place.

“Colleagues from the University of West of Scotland and Swansea University have joined us in the development of a ‘supergroup’ which will enable us to draw from a wider pool of expertise as well as allowing a greater, more multidisciplinary team approach to research, grants, and multicentre trials,” Theo Bampouras, associate professor in sport and exercise biomechanics, said.

The new collaboration, called the Applied Exercise and Gerontology group, has also involved the University of Wales Trinity Saint David who already run a very successful exercise in older adult’s programme and will make use of existing links with Dr Lawrence Hayes from Cumbria.

Talks about various collaborative projects as well as possible research grant submissions have been held and the group say there is clear potential for collaboration and fast progression.

“Given the success of this first meeting, we are confident that AGE will grow very fast and enable more collaborative and impactful work,” Associate Professor Bampouras said.