Published: 25 July 2018

This infographic highlights the ways in which medical research charities are working towards preventing disease and promoting health in the UK’s ageing society.

Data sources:


  1. 10 million: Over ten million people to live to 100 (Department for Work and Pensions, 2010)
  2. 33%: An Ageing Workforce Post note (Houses of Parliament, 2011) ; ONS, Labour market projections 2006-2020
  3. 2/3: Epidemiology of multimorbidity and implications for health care, research, and medical education: a cross-sectional study (Barnett et al.,  2012)
  4. Only 50%: 2011 ONS census

Medical research charities work to…

  1. £300m, 850 projects, 64 charities: Awards from current AMRC members with start date between 1/1/2013 and 31/12/2017. Inclusion criteria: award was (1) funded by ageing-focused charity, (2) HRCS coded as a prevention award (RA3), or (3) contained an ageing-related keyword in the abstract.
  2. 10,000 people, 40 studies: Clinical trials and studies in the Ageing specialty that were funded by AMRC member charities (1 Apr 2013 to 31 March 2018). Data from the NIHR CRN: Open Data Platform (ODP).
  3. Map: apportioned value of awards from subset described above (1). 1% had unknown locations.

To learn more about the projects and partnerships featured in this report, follow these links:

  1. Tackling age-related hearing loss
  2. Predicting and preventing Parkinson’s
  3. Preventing age-related vision loss
  4. Improving strength in ageing muscles
  5. Managing chronic pain to improve quality of life in an ageing society