REGISTRATION OPEN! – CFIN Conference and Sandpit Event – 24-25 June 2024

April 8, 2024

We would like to invite you to the second Cognitive Frailty Interdisciplinary Network conference, which will be held at Lancaster University Health Innovation campus in June 2024. Join us to develop CFIN activities to increase understanding of cognitive frailty and interventions to target population health improvement across the lifespan.

The conference will be held in person at Lancaster University; however, some elements of the conference will be available online as well. The conference will consist of research presentations and a Sandpit activity on the second day with an emphasis on Earlier Career Researchers leading proposals for small project funding (“pump priming”), with more experienced mentors supporting.

Some funding is available to cover accommodation at Lancaster for 24th June 2024 and we can cover reasonable travel expenses within the UK. This funding is limited in terms of numbers of people so please apply early.

If you are a researcher or practitioner, we invite you to submit an abstract for presentation. Conference registration and abstract submission are free of charge.


The programme will feature:

Day 1:  Research presentations

  • Researchers in diverse disciplines will present their approach and how their work contributes to our understanding of cognitive frailty, ranging from the underlying biological mechanisms through to the impact on cognitive function and how this knowledge can be translated to interventions and policy changes. The research talks will take place at the Health and Innovation One Lecture Theatre at Lancaster University, but we are planning to livestream the talks for online participants. We can also welcome online talks.
  • Presentation of the Delphi study: expert opinion on potential multisystem interventions.
  • Presentation of evidence synthesis on interactions of biological mechanisms and external factors that impact cognitive frailty.

Day 2: Sandpit event

  • Discussion groups for further research activities including grant proposal preparation.
  • Opportunities for ECRs to submit small proposals to support development of research proposals. Proposal submission deadline will be shortly after the conference (preliminary deadline 5th July).

The Sandpit event will take place in person at the Innovation Lab at Health Innovation One at Lancaster University, but we are open to create online discussion groups if there is an interest, please indicate this when submitting your abstract.

You can download the Preliminary programme here: CFIN Conference and sandpit event Preliminary schedule

Registration and abstract submission open: 8th April 2024

Abstract submission deadline: 17th May 2024

Registration deadline: 14th June 2024

 Please note that we can offer limited spaces for accommodation, and we will need to prioritise those who present at the conference AND planning to attend the Sandpit event on 25th June.

 To apply, please fill in the following application form:

Please note that if you are planning to submit an abstract, you will need to do so as part of the application form, so please have it ready. If you need to make any changes to the abstract later, you can send the updated version to


The Cognitive Frailty Interdisciplinary Network harnesses knowledge of biological, health, environmental and psychosocial mechanisms of cognitive frailty across the lifespan so that we can develop integrated interventions.
The network is one of 11 Interdisciplinary Ageing Across the Life Course networks with the aim of transforming ageing research in the UK and integrating expertise and knowledge across disciplines. For more information about CFIN and the UK Ageing Networks, please visit

Cognitive frailty is a condition characterised by the simultaneous presence of physical frailty and age-related cognitive impairment without existing dementia. There is a wealth of knowledge available on cognitive ageing, but there has been little progress in recent years in finding multi-dimensional interventions to prevent, rehabilitate, or reduce progression in cognitive frailty.

This network aims to bridge the gaps between basic, clinical and social science research. This will allow us to better understand how biological mechanisms relate to lifestyle factors, such as educational attainment, and environmental inequalities that correlate with cognitive frailty later in life.