The first ever International Sarcopenia Translational Research Conference will will be held in NewcastleGateshead 11 – 12 June this year, to help tackle the challenges of a growing population living with ageing-related muscle loss, frailty and multiple long-term conditions.
The conference will take place at The Catalyst, a facility in the heart of Newcastle, which is home to the UK National Innovation Centre for Ageing and the National Innovation Centre for Data. The facility is part of Newcastle Helix, a 24-acre hybrid site built specifically for tech and innovation and home to some of the highest tier research and education facilities in the country.
An estimated 200 academic researchers and clinical practitioners from around the world will attend the two-day event, which is the brainchild of Professor Avan Sayer, director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) and professor of geriatric medicine at Newcastle University.
Professor Sayer said: “The UK has seen dramatic gains in life expectancy, with the number of people aged 85 or above predicted to increase from 1.7 to 3.7 million over the next 20 years, bringing with it, significant new health and care challenges. It has never been more important for us to come together across areas of research to find solutions – as the inaugural International Sarcopenia Translational Research Conference aims to do.”
Paul Szomoru, director of tourism and business events at NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau, said: “The research facilities of the ‘Outstanding’ rated Newcastle Hospitals Trust and Newcastle University, combined with the wealth of talent in ageing research and new infrastructure such as the National Innovation Centre for Ageing definitely explains why NewcastleGateshead was really the only choice to hold the first conference on translational sarcopenia research.”