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October 2015

New director of Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

(15 October 2015)

Dr Debora Price has been appointed as the new Director of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA). Debora will also take up the role of Professor of Social Gerontology, in the School of Social Sciences, on 1 February 2016. In addition, 2016 will see her begin a three-year term as President of the British Society of Gerontology. She is currently a Reader in Social Gerontology at King’s College London and Deputy Director of the Institute of Gerontology.

Debora said: “I am delighted to be joining MICRA, now well established as a centre of excellence in ageing research at one of the UK’s leading research universities. Whether we are thinking about family life, communities and work, biosciences, medicine, healthcare, ethics, technology, the design of our cities, politics or economics, we need the kind of robust research undertaken at MICRA to understand how we maximise quality of life for everyone in such a rapidly changing world. MICRA’s research makes a real difference to the lives of older people, and I very much look forward to being part of its future.”

Debora will take over the leadership of MICRA from the current Director Chris Phillipson, Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology. Chris will remain at the University leading on research collaborations with Greater Manchester and Manchester City Council. He is also developing a programme of research (with a number of colleagues) on age-friendly cities, work and retirement, and the impact of globalisation on ageing populations.

MICRA have also recently appointed a new Deputy Director, Professor Neil Pendleton, from the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences. Neil is principal investigator in The University of Manchester Longitudinal Study of Cognition in Normal Healthy Old Age, a geriatrician at Salford Royal Foundation Trust and leads the age and ageing theme in the Greater Manchester NIHR Clinical Research network.