Our Research

Our research at the Institute of Ageing and Chronic Disease is having real impact internationally, in many disciplines and specialisms.

Our staff have a diverse range of backgrounds and disciplines, including medicine, veterinary sciences, biomaterials, engineering, computer modelling, molecular biology and physiology.

It is the fact that we work with both humans and animals, sharing the expertise gained by studying different species, which makes the Institute unique. Not only do we aim to help individuals lead more active, healthier lives, we are able to respond effectively to the needs of an ageing population.

In many of our specialisms, we take a ‘bench-to-bedside’ approach, but we also reverse this process, taking real issues from clinical practice into the laboratory to find revolutionary solutions.

We adopt innovative research methods – under the microscope as well as in dynamic facilities like our gait laboratory – to study whole body systems and the impact of outside factors. We don’t look at anything in isolation – be that individual cells or the entire musculoskeletal system.

We have four key research themes:

And we have two main research departments:

Within the University of Liverpool, our students and academics work across both the main campus in the city, as well as at the School of Veterinary Science’s Leahurst campus and at other specialist sites, such as University Hospital Aintree. We have world-class facilities, not least in the new William Henry Duncan Building which is now the Institute’s main base.