Understanding ageing biology to improve the health of older people

The UK Ageing Network (UKAN) is made up of 11 interdisciplinary ageing research networks, bringing together researchers and stakeholders from different disciplines to better understand the biological mechanisms of ageing and their impact on human health.

We aim to promote research to address health inequalities, improve health resilience, and increase health and quality of life in older age. Our network members include ageing researchers spanning multiple academic disciplines as well as other stakeholders including health care practitioners, industry and biotech, policy makers, funders, 3rd sector and the public.

The networks will:

  • build UK capacity in ageing research
  • facilitate new collaborations (within the UK and with international partners)
  • stimulate new research
  • promote knowledge exchange of ageing research

The networks hold workshops, symposia and early career researcher activities, develop information and training materials and provide direct support of research through pump priming funds.

We welcome new members, click here to find out how to Join.

For other ways to stay up to date please visit our Events Calendar – which is a hub for industry-aligned events as well as those belonging to our networks, and you can select an entry and then add it to your own calendar.



Ageing and Nutrient Sensing Network


Interdisciplinary approaches to develop effective and attainable physical activity for older communities living with heath inequalities

ART (Ageing Research Translation) of Healthy Ageing Network

Building the capacity to translate discoveries in ageing biology and epidemiology to intervention studies in humans across the life course

BLAST (Building Links in Ageing Science and Translation)

Developing new knowledge and interventions to improve the health of older people


Improving our understanding of the immunology of ageing

CELLular metabolism Over a life-course in socioeconomically disadvantaged populations

Addressing the biological causes of inequality in healthy ageing .


Harnessing knowledge of lifespan biological, health, environmental and psychosocial mechanisms of cognitive frailty for integrated interventions


Extracellular Matrix (ECM) ageing across the life course interdisciplinary research network

Food4Years: Food for-added-life-years: putting research into action

The development, integration and communication of healthy, affordable foods and diets for all older adults across our food landscape.


We’re a national network of muscle resilience researchers concentrating on research across the life course: from cells to society

Skin Microbiome in Healthy Ageing (SMiHA)

Exploring how changes in the skin microbiome reflect healthy ageing