Ageing and Trauma

old hands

The theme has been very successful in securing major awards in national competition, with 2 centres of excellence: The MRC-Arthritis Research UK centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research and the Scar Free Foundation Centre for Conflict Wound Research. We also play key roles in the NIHR Birmingham Biomedical Research Centre and the NIHR Surgical Reconstruction and Microbiology Research Centre.

Research aims

Ageing and Trauma is led by Professor Janet Lord and has four core aims:

  • To understand the impact of ageing upon immunity and the inflammatory response;
  • To determine the mechanisms underlying loss of musculoskeletal health with age, chronic inflammatory disease and after trauma, with a focus on inflammation;
  • To determine the immune response to trauma and how this is affected by the age of the patient.
  • To understand the role of metabolism in influencing the immune response in health and disease.

Importantly, we aim not just to understand the mechanisms that underlie the loss of immune function or musculoskeletal health but to use this knowledge to develop interventions, both lifestyle and pharmacological, to improve health in older adults and trauma victims.