Professor Chris Todd

Director of Policy Research Unit (Manchester) and Theme Lead for Ageing, Frailty and End-of-Life-Care

Chris ToddChris is Professor of Primary Care and Community Health in the School of Health Sciences, The University of Manchester, where he leads the Healthy Ageing Research Group. He is a NIHR Senior Investigator and member of the NIHR College of Senior Investigators.

Chris has some 30 years of research experience. He is a Chartered Psychologist and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Chris has a portfolio of research funding from UK funders (NIHR, Research Councils and Charities) and the European Commission. He sits/or has sat on a number of research funding committees in UK and EU and serves on advisory panels such as Public Health England National Falls Prevention Coordination Group and project panels. Chris is author/co-author of more than 250 publications.

Nearly all of his teaching is at postgraduate level; he has supervised 30+ PhD students and mentored a number of early and mid-career researchers. He also has broad university administrative experience as a School Director of Research (2003 to 2013) and through leading RAE2008 and REF2014 submissions.

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Professor Neil Pendleton

Assistant Director (Manchester) and Theme Lead for Ageing Better Across Life-course

Neil PendletonNeil is Professor of Medical Gerontology in the School of Biological Sciences in The University of Manchester, and consultant physician in Ageing and Complex Medicine at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

He is the Deputy Director of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research in Ageing (MICRA).

Neil has over 25 years’ clinical and research experience. He is consultant geriatrician and Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP). He is a member of the British Geriatrics Society Research and Academic Development Committee and RCP Falls and Fragility Fracture Programme National Hip Fracture Database and Scientific and Publications Committee.

His portfolio of research includes funding from UK funders (NIHR, Research Councils and Charities), the European Commission and National Institutes for Health. Neil is a member of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) panel of experts and National Institute for Clinical Excellence Centre for Guidelines Expert Adviser.

He has published over 215 peer-reviewed journal publications and is associate editor of the journal Age and Ageing. He is/has supervised over 15 doctoral students and is co-director of the ESRC/BBSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Biosocial Research.

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Professor Peter Bower

Theme Lead for Equitable Spread of Health Technology

Peter BowerProfessor Bower is a Professor of Health Services Research, an NIHR Senior Investigator and lead for the NIHR School for Primary Care Research at The University of Manchester.

He has a track record of research in the evaluation of treatments for depression, and on effective ways of improving management of long-term conditions, with a focus on self-management and patient-centred care. He is especially interested in the management of multimorbidity.

He receives research funding mainly from NIHR and MRC, has authored over 250 publications, and has extensive experience of PhD supervision and the mentorship of early career researchers.

He leads the return for Unit of Assessment 2 for REF 2020, and is National Speciality Lead for Health Services Research for the NIHR Clinical Research network.

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Professor Terry O’Neill

Terry O'NeillTerry is Professor of Rheumatology and Clinical Epidemiology in the School of Biology, Medicine and Health, University of Manchester and Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

Terry has over 25 years clinical and research experience. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society. His current research interests focus on musculoskeletal frailty, osteoarthritis and osteoporosis. He has a portfolio of research funding including NIHR, Research Councils and Charities. He is a past Trustee, and Chair of the Clinical and Scientific Committee of the Royal Osteoporosis Society. He is author/co-author of more than 250 publications and has supervised over 15 doctoral students.


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Professor Alistair Burns

Alistair BurnsAlistair Burns is Professor of Old Age Psychiatry at The University of Manchester and an Honorary Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist in the Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust. He is the National Clinical Director for Dementia and Older People’s Mental Health at NHS England and NHS Improvement.

He set up the Memory Clinic in Manchester and helped establish the old age liaison psychiatry service at Wythenshawe Hospital. He is a Past President of the International Psychogeriatric Association. His research and clinical interests are in mental health problems of older people, particularly dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. He has published over 300 papers and 25 books.

He was made an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in 2016, received the lifetime achievement award from their old age Faculty in 2015 and was awarded the CBE in 2016 for contributions to health and social care, in particular dementia.

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Professor Debora Price

Debora is a Professor of Social Gerontology at The University of Manchester.  She is a former Director of MICRA, the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing, and held office as President of the British Society of Gerontology from 2016 – 2019.  She is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in recognition of her research into poverty in later life. 

Debora’s work focuses on social policy for an ageing society, especially at the intersection of financial wellbeing and health. She is also a Deputy Director of the UK Data Service. She works closely with stakeholders across government, local government, NGOs and industry to embed research evidence into our understanding of later life. 

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Dr Elisabeth Boulton

Research Fellow

Lis BoultonLis is a Research Fellow in the School of Health Sciences at The University of Manchester, working in the NIHR Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit and on various projects in the Healthy Ageing Research Group.

She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has supervisory responsibilities for undergraduate, MRes and PhD students.

Lis moved into research in 2010, following a successful career in management in the health and social care sector. She has worked in local government and various charities, as both a service provider and commissioner. As a commissioner, she sought to involve community members in developing services and the subsequent PhD considered the involvement of older adults in designing and implementing interventions to promote physical activity.

Lis has worked on several EU and UK based research projects promoting physical activity in daily life and harnessing technology to promote healthy ageing and has a particular interest in the translation of evidence into practice.

She is author/co-author of 27 publications, including reports for the European Commission and UK Government. Lis is Chair of the Board of Age UK Calderdale & Kirklees, and is a member of Age UK’s national Policy Panel, advising on campaigns and policy implementation.

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Dr Alex Hall

Research Associate

Alex HallAlex is a Research Associate in the School of Health Sciences, working in the NIHR Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit.

His research focuses on a range of topics relating to end-of-life, dementia, and long-term care, including supporting family carers of people with life-limiting illnesses, advance care planning, and the development and implementation of health technologies. He also has an interest in mental capacity and the management of personal finances in later life.

Alex has experience in policy research, having been a member of the Health Organisation, Policy and Economics group at the University of Manchester, and having held a policy fellowship with the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

Alongside his research roles, Alex is a member of a university Research Ethics Committee, and contributes regularly to teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students. He is a member of the British Society of Gerontology.

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Dr Asri Maharani

Research associate

Asri MaharaniAsri is a research associate in the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit.

Her research focuses on healthy ageing, cognitive function, epidemiology and research methods. She has experience in analysing data using advance statistic methods such as multilevel model, multilevel structural equation model, panel data analysis, and longitudinal data analysis.

Asri currently supervises two PhD students and three Masters’ students.

Asri also has experience as a practising physician, a hospital manager and an educator in the field of public health in Indonesia.

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Jane McDermott

PRU Manager

Jane McDermottJane has a portfolio career which involves working across a number of organisations as a consultant and senior programme manager in the fields of healthy ageing, policy research and social inclusion. As well as Managing the Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit (OPFPRU), she has been working with the Centre for Ageing Better over the past 2 years supporting the work of the Healthy Ageing priority theme, contributing to the vision of creating a society where everyone enjoys a good later life. 

A member of the Healthy Ageing Research Group within the School of Health Sciences, Jane’s work focuses on translational research promoting evidence based implementation and practice. Jane has been working across Europe, as a member of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP AHA) within Action Group 2 – Falls Prevention, and programme lead for European Commission funded Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination (ProFouND). A founder member and key operational lead for the European Falls Festival and contributing member of the Greater Manchester Active and Healthy Ageing EIPAHA Group, recently awarded 4 star reference site status. Jane is a practicing Leadership Coach, working with senior figures from across charitable, public and third party organisations supporting transformational change. Outside of work, Jane and her family have acted as foster parents to early career Paralympic swimmers based at the British Para-Olympic National Performance Centre in Manchester. She is a keen fell walker, wild-swimmer, cyclist and cook.

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Shaun Seale-Finch

PRU Administrator (Manchester)

Shaun Seale-FinchShaun is the administrator for the Manchester contingent of the Policy Research Unit.

He has worked for eight different higher education institutions located in the north-west including the University of Liverpool and the Royal Northern College of Music.

Shaun is an Edge Hill Psychology graduate and started his career teaching Psychology and Health and Social Care A-Level in Further Education colleges. He then moved to work with the NHS in 2017 at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, where he organised and co-ordinated two wards dedicated to patient discharges.

Shaun then moved to Manchester to work for a mental health hospital before eventually joining The University of Manchester in the Policy Research Unit. His skill set leans towards modern technology and IT with a flair for data analysis and spreadsheets.





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