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The Manchester Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Research on Ageing (MICRA)


England(United Kingdom)

The Manchester Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Research on Ageing (MICRA) is a network promoting interdisciplinary and innovative research on all aspects of ageing. Established in 2010 at the University of Manchester, it currently brings together around 800 academics, practitioners, policy makers and older people. MICRA also works in partnership with voluntary and public sectors organisations to share expertise and experience and to raise the profile of research on ageing.

MICRA aims to:

  1. Bring together an interdisciplinary groups of researchers working on ageing from across the University of Manchester, enhancing their capacity to raise funding for and conduct research
  2. Increase capability to translate research findings into practical applications (policy, clinical innovations, technology)
  3. Act as a focus for research activity at postgraduate and undergraduate levels across Schools and Faculties, with the intention of developing the next generation of interdisciplinary researchers in the field of ageing

Some of the events programmed by the network throughout 2013 are:

  • The seminar “Population Ageing and the Future of Cities: Designing Age-Friendly Environments”.
  • The seminar “Ageing, Dementia, Creativity and Storytelling”.
  • The lecture “Holding Back the Years: Living to 150, – Ethical and Social Challenges”
  • The conference “Appearance, Ageing and the Life Course”

In January 2013 MICRA also started a new University College Course entitled “Who wants to live forever?: Challenging myths in human ageing”, analyzing among other topics the biology of ageing; the economics of ageing; older people and citizenship; inequalities in later life; genetics, life course and resilience; culture, consumption, generation, age identity and change.

Promoteur: University of Manchester

The University of Manchester has a distinguished history in research, innovation and enterprise stretching back over 180 years, with no fewer than 25 Nobel Laureates among its current and former staff and students. Major scientific advances at Manchester include Rutherford's work leading to the splitting of the atom and the development of the world's first modern computer.

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