Healthy Ageing Research Group (HARG)
Conducting research that aims to promote healthy and active ageing
Our areas of expertise include:
- falls and falls prevention
- physical activity and exercise promotion (strength and balance)
- nutrition and diet
- rehabilitation and musculoskeletal conditions
- development and evaluation of novel m-health interventions and gerotechnologies
- social gerontology
- healthy behaviour change and health literacy
- user involvement in the design of technologies and services to support healthy ageing
We aim to:
- Develop interventions to promote active and healthy ageing, assist older people to maintain independence, promote quality of life and ensure active participation in society.
- Promote equity, especially by investigating determinants of access to services and treatments as they relate to ageing.
- Inform policy and practice for older people locally, nationally and internationally.
- Involve the public and patients in research.
Our research is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Economic and Social Research Council, the Wellcome Trust, and Innovate UK, as well as public and charitable sectors.
The Healthy Ageing Research Group (HARG) at The University of Manchester is a multidisciplinary group conducting research that aims to promote healthy and active ageing.
Our work covers the range of ages considered for older people (from younger older people aged 55 and above to the oldest old). In our research, we use quantitative, qualitative, mixed-methods and evidence synthesis review techniques.
Our emphasis is on healthy and active ageing to promote active participation in society. We ensure our work has direct relevance to policy and practice for older adults at a local, national, and international level.
We engage with and involve the public, patients, and other stakeholders in our research activities, and develop research capacity in this crucial topic.
HARG is led by Dr Emma Stanmore and Dr Alex Hall
Dr Emma Stanmore, Reader
Emma is a Reader in the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work and the Lead for the Healthy Ageing Research Group.
Dr Alex Hall, Lecturer
Alex is a Lecturer in the Division of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work and the Deputy Lead for the Healthy Ageing Research Group.
Colleagues within HARG are also involved with the following:
- NIHR Policy Research Unit for Older People and Frailty
- NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester (Healthy Ageing work programme)
- We are closely linked to the University-based Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA).
For more information on specific outputs relating to COVID-19, visit the University’s coronavirus response webpages.
Below is a selected list of research projects undertaken by HARG that have been awarded from 2017 onwards.
If you are interested in our extensive work prior to this, please get in touch.
Development of a Frailty Index using Standard Laboratory Tests and its Utility in Predicting Adverse Health Outcomes
Rsearchers: Terence O’Neill (Principal Investigator, University of Manchester), Chris Todd (Co-Investigator)
Fall risk assessment and prevention in acute hospital settings: A realist evaluation
The Active, Connected, Engaged (ACE) study
A multi-centre randomised controlled trial of a peer-volunteering, active ageing, community programme for people at risk of mobility disability
Researchers: Afroditi Stathi (Principal Investigator, University of Birmingham), Helen Hawley-Hague (UoM PI & Co- Investigator), Chris Todd (Co-Investigator), Lis Boulton (Co-Investigator).
Period of award: 1 February 2021 (42 months duration)
We are happy to supervise students who would like to conduct a PhD in the area of healthy ageing.
Find PhD projects and information on funding and self-funding at the following links:
A number of our PhD students have funded studentships from the NIHR.
Find out more about the PhD students working in the Healthy Ageing Research Group.
Current PhD students
- Bibhusha Karki
- Chloe French
- Danielle Harris
- Helena Bilsborough
- Lily Mott
- Lishan Huang
- Mohammad Zougar
- Nada Almohaisen
- Sally Hoodless
- Schenelle Dlima
- Katharine Fisher
- Ya Shi
- Yang Yang
- Yimin Tang
- Yvonne Mckenzie
- Syeda Taqya Amna Arslan
- Shuruq Alotibi
- Courtney Nabb
- Lauren Martin