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NewcastleGateshead hosts interdisciplinary conference

NewcastleGateshead has announced it will host the International Sarcopenia Translational Research Conference, which will take place from 11-12 June.

The conference will take place at The Catalyst, which is home to the UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing and the National Innovation Centre for Data. The facility is also part of Newcastle Helix, a 24-acre hybrid site built specifically for technology.

The event aims to tackle the challenges of a growing population living with ageing-related muscle loss, frailty and multiple long-term conditions. 

It will welcome 200 academic researchers and clinical practitioners to the event, which will include Professor Avan Sayer, director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and professor of geriatric medicine at Newcastle University.

Sayer said: “The UK has seen dramatic gains in life expectancy, with the number of people aged 85 or above predicted to increase from 1.7 to 3.7 million over the next 20 years, bringing with it, significant new health and care challenges.

“It has never been more important for us to come together across areas of research to find solutions, as the inaugural International Sarcopenia Translational Research Conference aims to do.”

He added that ageing and health research has been recognised as one of Newcastle University’s main areas for 25 years. The conference aims to offer “crucial opportunities to share best practice and to pool research talent.”

Paul Szomoru, director of tourism and business events, NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, added: “The research facilities of the ‘outstanding’ rated Newcastle Hospitals Trust and Newcastle University, combined with the wealth of talent in ageing research and new infrastructure such as the National Innovation Centre for Ageing, explains why NewcastleGateshead was really the only choice to hold the first conference on translational sarcopenia research.”