Arthritis Research UK Medical Research Council

The MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into
Musculoskeletal Ageing is a collaboration between the Universities
of Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle.

Newcastle University The University of Sheffield University of Liverpool

MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing

What do we do?

We help doctors and scientists work together to understand:

How muscles, bones and joints change as we age
How this makes some people prone to problems with these tissues, such as arthritis and osteoporosis
What each person can do to reduce the risk of developing these problems

Why is this important?

  • Age-related decline of bones, joints, tendons and muscles, and diseases affecting these tissues, are major contributors to loss of independence and poor quality of life in older people.
  • Population ageing is accelerating rapidly worldwide, from 461 million people older than 65 years in 2004 to an estimated 2 billion people by 2050 (Clegg, A et al. 2013).
  • In the UK, disability-free life expectancy at age 65 has been falling since 2012. There are significant differences between socio-economic groups (ONS, 2016).
  • Much of the demand for health and care services is driven by the increasing complexity of older people’s health needs as they acquire multiple conditions (Age UK, 2017).
  • Without improvements in healthy life expectancy, the UK’s health and care costs will increase as the population ages (HM Government Office for Science, 2016).

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