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Promoting physical activity in older age


This call was issued under the auspices of the LLHW programme and led by the Medical Research Council on behalf of:

  • Arts and Humanities Research Council
  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
  • Economic and Social Research Council
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • Chief Scientist Office of the Scottish Government Health and Social Care Directorates
  • National Institute for Health Research
  • Health and Social Care Research & Development Division
  • Public Health Agency, Northern Ireland
  • National Institute for Social Care and Health Research, Wales

Funding total

A total of £3.8M has been awarded by a consortium of MRC, BBSRC, ESRC, EPSRC, NIHR and the CSO, Scotland. Our contribution was £1M.

Number of projects funded

Five projects were awarded.

  1. The consequences of motor unit remodelling for motor control: an important factor in the loss of mobility with old age - Dr Jamie McPhee, Manchester Metropolitan University
  2. SENIORS USP (Seniors - Understanding Sedentary Patterns) - Professor Dawn Skelton, Glasgow Caledonian University
  3. Describing habitual levels of physical activity (PA) in older people in terms of impact loads and how this relates to bone and other systems - Professor Jonathan Tobias, University of Bristol
  4. Characterising patterns and changes in physical activity in older people and their determinants and consequences - Dr Simon Griffin, MRC Epidemiology Unit
  5. Sedentary behaviour in older adults: investigating a new therapeutic paradigm - Dr Thomas Yates, University of Leicester


To support interdisciplinary research into the physiological effects and behaviours associated with physical activity and sedentary behaviour in older adults, which will inform the future development of effective interventions to motivate and sustain activity in this target population.


Louisa Jenkin

tel: 01793 413352
fax: 01793 413234