Prof Neil Pendleton

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I am co- investigator in the University of Manchester Longitudinal Study of Cognition in Normal Healthy Old Age, capturing over 25 year picture of cognitive performance in at inception a cohort of over 6000 adults across the North of England. A subgroup of this cohort makes up the Dyne-Steel DNA archive for cognitive ageing which contains an approximately 1600 individuals. The resources linked to this collection include: imaging of a subgroup of both MRI and PET; a serum/plasma archive; brain archive. The brain archive holds over 110 individual donations stored in the Manchester Brain Bank with some contributing to the Brains for Dementia Research.

I am investigator and deputy director (Manchester) of the NIHR Policy Research Unit for Older Adults and Frailty (OPFPRU)

I am investigator and academic lead for the Healthy Ageing Theme of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester (NIHR ARC GM)

My research included funding by MRC, ESRC, NIHR and EU IMI. Projects include fRaill program 

I am member of the BBSRC pool of experts since 2016

I have successfully supervised 7 PhD and 3 MSc graduates, with 3 current PhD students in study.

I am Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians UK and member of the RCP Fall and Fragility Fracture programmer National Hip Fracture Database advisory and scientific/publications committees

I am member of the British Geriatrics Society Research and Academic Development Committee

I am a co-director of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


I am associate editor of the journal Age and Ageing

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I am a clinical academic in geriatric medicine, working clinically at Salford Royal NHS hospital. My research covers wide spectrum of ageing areas including biomedicine, genetics, epidemiology, cognitive psychological and social sciences. 

Specifically I work on integrating disciplines with examples cognitive genetics and applying genomic approaches to key challengers in ageing.