The Birmingham 1000 Elders



This page is designed as a resource for all of our current 1000 Elders together with anyone who is interested in the work that we carry out with our over 65's and the translational  benefits this may afford them.

 What does membership of the 1000 Elders involve?

Any adult aged 65 or over who is in good health and would like to become a member of the 1000 Elders initially fills out a questionnaire that provides us with contact details, basic personal information (date of birth, gender, marital status) and lifestyle information (any medication taken regularly, whether they smoke etc). The details are kept on a database so that members can be contacted for help with research at the University.           

For most members they will not be contacted more than twice a year and often the research may involve only filling in a questionnaire. For other studies they may be asked if they would be willing to come to the University to help with a study and this could involve for example giving a blood sample. In every case the research will have been approved by an Ethics committee and the member will always be able to decline if they do not want to take part. In addition travel expenses to get to the University will always be paid.           

Members of the Birmingham 1000 Elders group will be provided with a newsletter once a year telling them of the research going on at the University and we also aim to have regular public information days so that members can hear at first hand the latest research findings and gain information on how to maintain good health in old age. 

How can I join the 1000 Elders..?

To join the Birmingham 1000 Elders Group please fill in the application form and return it to at:
Professor Janet Lord, Institute of Inflammation and Ageing, Birmingham University Research Labs, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Mindelsohn Way, Birmingham, B15 2WB. 
Email: Tel: +44 (0)121 371 3234

Data Protection

The personal details of people who agree to become part of our Elders database will not be supplied to anyone other than researchers involved in appropriate studies at the University of Birmingham. All applications from researchers to access the database will have to be approved by the database co-ordinator and all studies will have ethics committee approval.


One of our annual public information events is Agewell which has been running since 2010 at various sites across the University of Birmingham. Agewell is designed as a thank-you event for all of the assistance our 1000 Elders provide over the course of the year, a chance to feedback the results of the research they have been involved in and a chance for our Researchers to make new contacts and publicise studies that are recruiting at that moment or in the near future.

You can view the newsletter produced as a result of Agewell 2014 here.

Arthritis Research UK

Our colleagues at Arthritis Research UK have a website full of advice on coping with Arthritis, progression in the treatment field and fundraising opportunities, why not have a look to see what you can learn and how you can get involved in the fantastic work they do.

Live Longer, Live Well

The British Scociety for Research on Ageing (BSRA), in association with the American Federation for Ageing Research (AFAR) and the Glenn Foundation are campaigning to emphasise the importance of investing in Ageing Research through their 'Live Longer, Live Well' initiative.

Have a look at the presentation the BSRA made at the House of Lords in November and find out why they think healthy ageing is so important.

Care Quality Commission

Some of you at Agewell 2014 may have taken the opportunity to listen to a talk with Jill Morrell from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) on care provision in old age. If this is a topic that interests you, you can now join the CQC public online community.

The community is made up of members of the public who want get involved and help inform the way the CQC works to drive improvements in the quality of care. The community is used to share proposals and draft materials in order to get your feedback. Feedback is then used to inform how the CQC works and to develop the information they provide to help people choose care.

Members of the online community can also take part in discussions or create ones of their own and invite people with similar interests and experiences to join them. The CQC also post regular news updates about the group and the different ways you can get involved in their work.

You can register to join the CQC online community here or, if you don't want to join the community, you can always get involved with their work in a number of other ways.


If you're interested in the field of ageing research you can see the latest news from our companion MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research here:

Did you see one of CMAR's researchers on BBC One with Michael Mosley last week?

Dr Beth Phillips appeared on the new programme called 'The Truth About Getting Fit'
Life and Environmental Sciences, Medical and Dental Sciences

We're recruiting….

We are now accepting applications from enthusiastic and highly motivated individuals for 10 PhD studentships funded through the MRC-ARUK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing
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