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Research impact

Research impact

Research impact

Research impact

Research impact

Research Impact in Healthy Ageing

Mental health and cognition

Understanding the meaning in life, ageing and wellbeing

Dr Iza Kavedžija researches experiences of ageing in different communities. She asks what we can learn from Japan, which has the world’s oldest population. Read more >>

Using philosophy to improve wellbeing in older age

Dr Gabriele Galluzzo researches the views of ancient philosophers on happiness and how it can change our views on mental health today.

Loneliness across the life-span

Professor Manuela Barreto researches how people become vulnerable to loneliness, including life-transitions, age, and caring responsibilities.
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Using Virtual Reality to improve health and well-being

Dr Nicola Yeo and Dr Mat White are leading the Virtual Bluespaces project which investigates how virtual reality can bring some of the health and wellbeing benefits of being in nature. Find out more >>

Using technology to increase resilience and reduce stress

Dr David Plans and Professor Roger Maull are the creators of BioBeats; an app that uses artificial intelligence and user data to improve wellbeing and reduce illness.

Living Well - delivering health and social care in Cornwall

Professor Catherine Leyshon is working with Age UK, Volunteer Cornwall, and the NHS on the Living Well project to understand new modes of delivering health and social care for the elderly.
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Professor Clive Ballard and Dr Anne Corbett lead PROTECT, an innovative online platform for people aged 50-plus, to understand how the brain ages and how we can prevent dementia.
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Researching Vascular Dementia

Sue Dyson, a PhD student at the University of Exeter Medical School, describes her research into vascular dementia. 

Genetic markers in Dementia

Miguel Vasconcelos Da Silva, a PhD student at the University of Exeter Medical School, talks about his research identifying genetic markers in apathy in people with dementia. 


Early diagnosis and patient stratification

Earlier cancer diagnosis

Professor Willie Hamilton leads the DISCO research group, a team with an outstanding track record of producing high-quality evidence to improve life-saving early cancer diagnosis. 
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Graphene material leads to early lung cancer diagnosis

Research from postgraduate researcher Ben Hogan showed how a Graphene biosensor could provide advanced early stage lung cancer diagnosis.
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Understanding genomic dysfunction

Professor Jonathan Mill's research looks at the causes and consequences of molecular variation in the brain and the role this plays in diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, schizophrenia, and autism.

How do cells age?

Professor Lorna Harries has identified the key factors which influence cell ageing.
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Faster diagnosis of Dementia

Research group DECODE investigates how machine learning and artificial intelligence can aid clinical trials and a faster diagnosis of dementia.

Researching neurological diseases which cause dementia

Professor Andrew Randall conducts neurophysiological research into functional changes during normal ageing and ageing-related neurological diseases.

Active Ageing 

IDEAL project

IDEAL is the largest study of living well with dementia in the UK and is run by the University of Exeter in collaboration with Alzheimers society, ESRC and NIHR.
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Improving bone health in the elderly

Dr Vicky Stiles and Professor Karen Knapp research the bone density of elderly people and the effects of physical activity on bone health. 

Social innovation for healthy ageing

The University of Exeter's Smartline community project conducts place-based, person-centred approaches to support healthy ageing.
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Reskilling for the elderly

Dr Will Young, Associate Professor Sam Vine and Professor Mark Wilson use virtual reality to re-train the key skills required for an active lifestyle following disruptions such as Parkinson’s disease.

Shatavari: Improving bone and muscle health?

Professor Jo Bowtell and Dr Mary O'Leary are examining whether a herbal supplement, shatavari root, can prevent bone and muscle loss after the menopause.

Human movement, sensing and cognition

Professor Vicki Goodwin (MBE), Dr Sharon Dixon and Dr Genevieve Williams work with VSimulators to explore motion impairment in vulnerable groups and to explore quality of life, wellbeing, exercise, health and societal impacts.

Nutrition and ageing

Assessing the benefits of mycoprotein

Dr Ben Wall works with Quorn to prove the benefits of mycoprotein for muscle growth.
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The beneficial effects of dietary nitrate

Professor Andy Jones and Professor Anni Vanhatalo explore how nitrate and nitric oxide metabolism may change across the human lifespan.
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Promoting healthy ageing using C. elegans

Research using tiny C. elegans worms shows muscle decline caused by ageing and certain diseases could be dramatically slowed by stopping a chain reaction that damages cells.

Caribbean Foodscapes

Dr Cornelia Guell leads research into what we can learn from Caribbean foodscapes to enhance future healthy eating practices. 
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