Professor Barbara Hanratty
Deputy Director of Policy Research Unit (Newcastle) and Theme Lead for Long Term Care
Barbara is Professor of Primary Care and Public Health in the Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University and Deputy Director of the Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit. She also leads the Multimorbidity, Ageing and Frailty theme in the North East and North Cumbria NIHR Applied Research Collaboration, and acts as Training Lead for the Newcastle NIHR School for Primary Care Research.
Barbara trained as a general practitioner and public health physician, and has degrees in medicine, public health and health economics. Her research training was supported with fellowships from the Medical Research Council and NIHR, and she now leads a programme of work concerned with the health and wellbeing of older adults. Her work crosses health and social care, with key themes of end of life care, care homes, loneliness and frailty. She supervises students to undertake research project at PhD, masters and undergraduate level and leads a module on the MSc in Public Health.
Professor Fiona Matthews
Assistant Director (Newcastle) and Theme Lead for Frailty, Disability, Multimorbidity and Personalised Healthcare
Fiona is Professor of Epidemiology and Deputy Dean of Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University, currently leading the REF 2021 submission for the medical faculty.
A statistician by training, Fiona has been involved in the design, implementation and analysis of epidemiological studies throughout her career. She moved into ageing research in 1997 at the MRC Biostatistics Unit in Cambridge to work on the Cognitive Function and Ageing Study and is now deputy director and principal statistician on this suite of studies.
Fiona’s portfolio of research involves both the design and analysis of studies on ageing, plus research on development of appropriate statistical methods to cope with complexities of ageing research.
Fiona has received numerous grants from UK funders (NIHR, Research Councils and charities), sits on UKRI grant panels and is chair of the ESRC Grant Assessment panel D. She is an author on more than 250 publications and has lots of experience of supervising PhD students and early career researchers.
Professor Dawn Craig
Methodological Lead for Evidence Synthesis
Dawn leads the Evidence Synthesis Group and is co-Lead of the Health Economic and Evidence Synthesis Theme in the Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University.
Dawn is also the Co-Director of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Innovation Observatory.
Dawn has a background in health economics and evidence synthesis, with over 15 years of research experience. She has a portfolio of funding from a range of funders including, NIHR, DHSC, Public Health England, Norwegian Institute of Public Health, European Commission and WHO.
She currently sits on the Health Care and Research Wales Research for Patient and Public Benefit (RfPPB) funding committee and the NIHR HS&DR Prioritisation Panel. In addition, she sits on the UK PharmaScan Oversight & Governance Committee and is Co-convenor of the Cochrane Campbell Economic Methods Group.
Emeritus Professor Stuart Parker
Clinical Geriatrics Lead
Stuart trained in Geriatric Medicine in Newcastle (1980-93), and worked in Experimental Gerontology in the Netherlands (1990-91) and as a Clinical Senior Lecturer in the University of Leicester (1993-2000).
During his time in Sheffield and Barnsley (2000-2013), he was Professor of Health Care for Older People, Clinical Director for Older People’s Medicine and Director of Research and Development. He led the Sheffield Institute for Studies on Ageing, and was Associate Director of the NIHR CLAHRC for South Yorkshire.
Stuart moved back to Newcastle in 2013 as the William Leach Professor of Geriatric Medicine. From 2015, he served a three-year term as NIHR CRN Theme lead for Ageing, Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases, Neurological Disorders and Genetics.
Stuart has now retired from his University role (2017) and NIHR role (2018) and continues in part-time and occasional clinical practice.
He is now developing a portfolio of post-retirement activities which will use his enthusiasm, experience in clinical and interdisciplinary gerontology to continued effect, including an ongoing relationship with the PRU in Older People and Frailty.
Professor Carol Jagger
Theme Lead for Impact of Population Change on Health and Social Care
Carol Jagger is the AXA Professor of Epidemiology of Ageing at Newcastle University and Deputy Director of the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing.
Carol has over 30 years’ experience of ageing research, and has been involved in the design or analysis of most of the major cohort studies of ageing in the UK and further afield.
She is a Chartered Statistician and Chartered Scientist, a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and the Gerontological Society of America and an Honorary Fellow of the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries.
Carol’s research spans demography and epidemiology with a focus on mental and physical functioning in ageing, and has three themes: Understanding variations in Healthy Active Life Expectancy; Disability and Functioning in Later Life; and Ageing Population Projections for Policy.
She has published widely (over 200 publications) and is the leading UK researcher on healthy life expectancy, having provided evidence to various government committees on this topic. Funding for her projects has mainly been from MRC, ESRC, and the EU.
She sits on a number of national and international committees including: Public Health England Productive Healthy Ageing and Dementia Expert Advisory group, the Advisory Board for the University of Liverpool EPSRC Centre for Mathematics in Healthcare, the ONS National Population Projections Expert Advisory Panel, and the Finnish Centre of Excellence in Research on Ageing and Care Expert Advisory group.
Though recently all of Carol’s teaching has been at postgraduate level (15 PhD students supervised), over her career she has designed and delivered training programmes (mainly statistics and epidemiology) at all levels, from undergraduate medical students through training membership examinations of a variety of Faculty and Royal Colleges to postgraduate master’s students in Medical Statistics and HSR.
Professor Dame Louise Robinson
Primary Care Lead
Louise Robinson is an academic GP and Professor of Primary Care and Ageing at Newcastle University. She has 20 years of experience as a health services researcher with expertise in a mixed methods research.
Louise leads a research programme focused on improving quality of life and quality of care for older people, especially those with dementia. She currently leads a NIHR Global Health project on Dementia Care and 1 of only 3 Alzheimer Society national Centres of Excellence in Dementia Care. She is Director of the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing.
Louise was primary care lead for the Prime Minister’s Dementia Challenge and is a member of the national dementia care guidelines development group.
Professor Lynne Corner
Professor Lynne Corner is Director of VOICE, which works with the public to co-develop evidence-based products and services to support healthy ageing, based at the National Innovation Centre for Ageing.
She is also Director of Engagement at the Newcastle University Institute for Ageing and leads the Public Insights Programme at the NIHR Innovation Observatory.
She co-led the NIHR James Lind Alliance Priority Setting Partnership on older people living with multiple conditions, and was a member of NIHR INVOLVE advisory group between 2010 and 17.
Lynne has a special interest in dementia, and works with families with dementia to develop training and support to help people live well with dementia through the Dementia Innovation Hub at Newcastle University.
Fiona is a member of the Evidence Synthesis Team, based in the Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University.
She has a background as an information specialist, and has worked on systematic reviews for many years on a range of topics relating to health, public health and social care. She previously worked for Cochrane and the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination.
Fiona is studying for her PhD part-time by publication, looking at the use of evidence synthesis methods to optimise the use of complex behaviour change interventions.
Dr Gemma Spiers
Senior Research Associate
Gemma has worked in academic research since 2005, beginning in psychology before moving into the field of health and social care research. Having worked previously at York University, Gemma moved to Newcastle University in 2016 and completed her doctoral studies in 2019, which explored the relationship between access to social care and healthcare use by older adults. Her current research interests include the role and impact of health and care systems on equitable access and health outcomes, and ageing and inequalities. Gemma is a mixed methods researcher with a particular focus on systematic review methodology.
Dr Claire Welsh
Senior Research Associate
Claire is a medical statistician who recently joined the university as Senior Research Associate within the Policy Research Unit (Older People and Frailty) of the Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University. Claire holds a PhD in genetic epidemiology from the University of Glasgow and has a number of years’ experience in data analysis and health research across a wide variety of subjects, principally including veterinary medicine and human cardiovascular disease.
Claire is a qualified and experienced veterinary surgeon holding a Masters degree in veterinary science, is a member of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, and was awarded Associate status of the Higher Education Academy for teaching and mentoring of undergraduate and postgraduate students in medicine and veterinary medicine.
Dr David Sinclair
Postdoctoral Research Associate
David is a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Population Health Sciences Institute, Newcastle University, where he specialises in computational and mathematical modelling.
David was previously a Postdoc in the Public Health Dynamics Laboratory, University of Pittsburgh, where he developed simulations of infectious disease spread, drug use and mortality.
David completed a PhD in Astrophysics at the University of Oxford, in which he modelled the performance of the world’s largest radio telescope, the Square Kilometre Array.
Patience earned her Master’s in Public Health from Newcastle University in 2016, where her project focused on appraising and summarising evidence on the effectiveness, costs and cost-effectiveness of alcohol interventions for older people.
Patience is also part of the Evidence Synthesis Group in the Population Health Sciences Institute at Newcastle University.
Prior to her PRU role, Patience worked as an Evidence Synthesis Analyst at NIHR Innovation Observatory. Patience has interests in health and social care and environmental determinants of health and implementation science.
PRU Administrator (Newcastle)
Anosua is the Professional Services lead for the OPF PRU team at Newcastle University.
She has 17 years of experience working in university research supporting a variety of health and sociological research projects, with a long spell based within the ageing theme of the Institute of Health & Society at Newcastle University.
Prior to joining the OPF PRU, Anosua supported the NIHR Research Design Service North East & North Cumbria. While working full-time for the Families & Social Capital ESRC Research Group at London South Bank University, she completed a part-time MA in Media Writing. She spent a three-year hiatus living and working in Kolkata, India where she taught English and supported applicants preparing for the IELTS exam.