Ageing, Health & Welfare
People are now living much longer than previous generations, with ageing being the major risk factor for many diseases. Consequently, understanding why we age, how we age and the impact ageing has on health and wellbeing is a major challenge in science today.
We are uniquely placed to employ a highly integrative and collaborative approach for the study of ageing, health and welfare, since we combine mechanistic, functional and applied perspectives. We currently use a range of interventions and assays to examine such questions in both laboratory and field settings. Using these approaches we are interested in a range of factors (e.g. stress, pollution, chronobiology, diet, reproduction, epidemiology), how they are affected by ageing and their impact on human and animal health.
Given the rapidly expanding human population, a second major societal challenge is the requirement to produce sufficient safe, nutritious and sustainable foodstuffs. We are particularly interested in ways to maximize animal production but in a manner which protects animal health and welfare. To achieve these overall aims this research theme actively collaborates with others in this university (e.g. biomedics, clinicians, veterinarians, Glasgow Polyomics facility) and elsewhere, including Government agencies (e.g. DEFRA), external institutes (e.g. The James Hutton Institute, Moredun Research Institute) and commercial enterprises.