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Newcastle University Professor recognised for leading research into ageing

Universities in the North East are leading the way in developing solutions to global challenges such as ageing and productivity. At Newcastle University, Dame Professor Louise Robinson has been recognised for her research into ageing.

Professor Dame Louise Robinson is one of the Nation’s Lifesavers – the top 100 individuals or groups based in universities whose work is saving lives and making a life-changing difference to our health and wellbeing.

They were named as part of Universities UK’s MadeAtUni campaign, which brings to life the impact of universities on everyday lives.

Dame Louise was key in the £40m Government bid for Newcastle University to host the National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) – the first to bring together a collaboration of business, academia and the public to develop products and services to improve lives as we get older.

Her research, published in more than 120 academic papers, focuses on helping people remain independent in old age and facilitating healthy ageing across their lifetime.

By Royal appointment, she received the only Regius Professorship of Ageing and has been made a Dame because of her outstanding contribution to the topic.

Her work to improve the care of those with dementia was recognised with the first NIHR professorship for her ‘Living well with dementia’ programme.

Dame Louise has twice been awarded the National Clinical Champion for Ageing by the Royal College of General Practitioners, she is currently leading a £2m Global Health Research programme.

Dame Louise said: “I have been passionate about improving care for people with dementia since I was a young GP.

“Joining Newcastle University as a Lecturer allowed me to develop a personal research programme in the area of dementia care and witness how my academic career has improved the quality of care for older people, not just at a local level but nationally and internationally.”

The Alzheimer’s Society funded £1.7m for Dame Louise to set up a ‘Centre of Excellence’ at Newcastle University for dementia care research.

Fiona Carragher, Chief Policy and Research Officer at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Professor Dame Louise Robinson is working on the frontline of dementia research, bringing real change to the people who need it the most.

“Her recognition as one of the Nation’s Lifesavers reflects her commitment and passion to tackling dementia as a clinician and a researcher, improving the available support for people with dementia at every step, from diagnosis to end of life.

“We are delighted to be supporting her research through our ground-breaking Centre of Excellence PRI-dem, based at Newcastle University, which aims to end the postcode lottery of dementia care after diagnosis across the UK.

“It is dedicated researchers like Professor Dame Louise Robinson who will pave the way to breakthroughs that will ensure the 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK receive the care they need and can live well.”

The Nation’s Lifesavers are fighting diseases, helping new parents and children enjoy the best start in life, supporting older people and improving our mental health and wellbeing. The selection reveals the amazing use of technology, such as drones to fight malaria, a smart glove for communicating sign language and robots helping older people.

Universities from across the country were invited to nominate an individual or group who has made a significant contribution to the nation’s health and wellbeing. Over 100 universities from Plymouth to Dundee submitted a nomination.

Professor Chris Day, Vice-Chancellor and President of Newcastle University, said: “It is a fantastic honour that Professor Dame Louise Robinson is featured as one of the Nation’s Lifesavers for her world-leading work in dementia research.

“The MadeAtUni campaign is a great chance to celebrate the many ways universities are having a significant impact on our everyday lives.”

Find out more about the ways universities are having a significant impact on our everyday lives at www.madeatuni.org.uk.

The North East’s higher education and further education institutions play a vital role in helping to build a strong regional economy, from their contributions to innovation, social mobility and workplace productivity, to the role they play in bringing skills and investment to the region. Read more about the role of our universities, colleges and educational establishments in the North East Strategic Economic Plan.   

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North East business community and economic partners have their say on Local Industrial Strategy

Businesses in the North East this week contributed to the development of the region’s Local Industrial Strategy (LIS), which will set out how the region and government will work together to deliver increased productivity and living standards in the North East.

During the North East Local Industrial Strategy Summit, co-ordinated by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), plans for the strategy were laid out to an audience which included representatives from the North East business community, academia and local government.

Andrew Hodgson, Chair of the North East LEP, said: “The North East has been selected by Government as one of six areas to be the first to develop Local Industrial Strategies.

“The North East’s strategy will be ambitious and outward-looking, demonstrating how we will use our strengths as a region to increase productivity and improve the earning power and quality of life for people who live here.”

The North East LIS will complement the UK’s overarching Industrial Strategy, which aims to boost UK productivity, and use investment in skills, industry and infrastructure to create jobs and increase the earning power of people across the UK.

The LIS will include details on how the region can capitalise on opportunities presented by sector deals in areas such as clean growth and ageing society, and plans for the North East to forge links in international markets, increase inward investment and capitalise on international trade.

At the summit, businesses took part in a series of discussions themed around topics including infrastructure, energy and advanced manufacturing, contributing their insights and ideas to the development of the strategy.

“At today’s summit we presented the evidence and research which will form the basis of our LIS and we heard from some of the partners who are helping to inform its development.

“This strategy is an opportunity to demonstrate how the North East can capitalise on opportunities and really make its mark on the world, and it’s important that the business community has a say on its development. That’s why it was so encouraging to see so many people, who will be vital in making this vision a reality, actively involved in the event today,” added Andrew Hodgson.

Speakers at the summit included Ariel C Armony, Ph.D, from the University of Pittsburgh in the USA, who shared lessons from the Pittsburgh region’s delivery of increased productivity; Joaquim Oliveira Martins from the OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, who discussed how all regions can benefit from increases in jobs and productivity; Tony Danker from Be The Business, who talked about the UK campaign for productivity and competitiveness; Mayor Jamie Driscoll, North of Tyne Combined Authority; and Cllr Iain Malcolm, Chair of the North East Combined Authority and Leader of South Tyneside Council.

The development of the North East LIS is being led by the North East LEP. The LIS will complement the North East Strategic Economic Plan – the key economic policy document for the region, which sets out the plan for adding 100,000 more and better jobs to the North East economy by 2024.

Find out more about the development of the North East Local Industrial Strategy.