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Healthy Ageing research group: projects

Below is a list of research projects undertaken by the Healthy Ageing Research Group that have been awarded from 2017 onwards.

If you are interested in our extensive work prior to this, please get in touch.


A multi-centre randomised controlled trial of a peer-volunteering, active ageing, community programme for people at risk of mobility disability. The ACE (Active, Connected, Engaged) study.

Funding body: NIHR PHR

Researchers:  Stathi (PI), Hawley-Hague (PI UoM), Todd (CI), Boulton (CI)

Period of award: 1 Feb 2021 (ongoing for 42 months)


Fall risk assessment and prevention in acute hospital settings: A realist evaluation

Funding body: NIHR HS&DR

Researchers:  Randell (PI), Dowding (CI), Todd (CI)

Period of award: 1 July 2020 (ongoing for 24 months)


Development of a Frailty Index using Standard Laboratory Tests and its Utility in Predicting Adverse Health Outcomes

Funding body: Dunhill Medical  RPGF1902d

Researchers:  O’Neill (PI), Todd (CI)


Assembling the data jigsaw: powering robust research on the causes, determinants and outcomes of MSK disease

Funding body: The Nuffield Foundation

Researchers:  Dixon (PI), Dowding (CI)

Period of award: 1 May 2020 to 31 October 2023


Further development of a gamified strength and balance training and healthy literacy platform (Keep-On-Keep-Up) for older adults living in the community

Funding body: Innovate UK

Researcher: Stanmore (PI)

Period of award: May 2020 to March 2022


NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Greater Manchester

Funding body:  NIHR

Researchers:  Cullum (PI), Todd (CI), Dowding (CI)
See website for full list of non-HARG member Cis.

Period of award: Sept 2019 to Aug 2024


Empowering people with frailty programme: Scaling up of an innovative telerehabilitative intervention for older adults on Rehab wards

Funding body: The Burdett Trust

Researchers: Stanmore (PI), Briggs (CI), Hurst (CI), Chillala (CI)

Period of award: Jan 2019 to Jan 2022


Older People and Frailty Policy Research Unit - collaboration between The University of Manchester, Newcastle University and LSE

Funding body: Department of Health & Social Care/NIHR PR-PRU

Researchers: Todd (PI), Hanratty (PI NU), Knapp (PI LSE)
A list of CIs for each institution is on the unit website.

Period of award: Jan 2019 to Dec 2023


The PreCare project - preventive interventions and implementation of individualised services through a population health management platform.

Funding body: Innovation Fund Denmark

Researchers: Pedersen (PI), Stanmore (CI), Dewick (CI)

Period of award: March 2018 to Feb 2022


Understanding the opportunities and challenges of remote physiotherapy consultations and rehabilitation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Funding body: Chartered Society of Physiotherapy

Researchers: Hawley-Hague (PI), Tyson (CI), Stanmore (CI), Lasrado (CI)

Period of award: July 2020 to July 2021


Greater Manchester Active Ageing Evaluation

Funding body: Greater Sport

Researchers: French (PI), Todd (CI), Boulton (CI)

Period of award: May 2018 to April 2019


Preventing the slide into frailty: marrying human contact and artificial intelligence to improve post hospital discharge outcomes for older adults.

Funding body: Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund- Seedcorn funding

Researchers: Hawley-Hague (PI), Hall (CI), Nenadic (CI), Whittaker(CI), Ramlogan (CI)

Period of award: March 2019 to June 2019


A gamified platform to increase health literacy, exercise & prevent falls in older people

Funding body: Health Innovation Manchester

Researchers: Stanmore (PI), Dewick P (CI)

Period of award: April 2018 to March 2019


Development, refinement, and acceptability of an educational intervention for informal carers of patients with breathlessness in advanced disease (Learning about Breathlessness Study 2: LaB2)

Funding body:  NIHR RfPB

Researchers: Farquhar (PI), Todd (CI)

Period of award: May 2018 to Oct 2019


Working with local areas to increase provision and uptake of local strength and balance training programmes – Raising the bar on strength and balance: the importance of community provision

Funding body:  Centre for Ageing Better

Researchers: Todd (PI), McDermott (CI), Boulton (CI), Hawley-Hague (CI), Stanmore (CI)

Period of award: March 2018 to August 2018


Engaging and supporting older people in fall prevention in the community: International implementation study

Funding body: NHMRC Australia (Delbaere PI (UNSW Australia)

Researchers: Todd (PI)

Period of award: 36 months, commencing 2018


Development of Keep On Keep Up – a gamified platform to improve health literacy and prevent falls

Funding body: ESRC / GM AHSN

Researchers: Stanmore (PI), Dewick (CI)

Period of award: April 2017 to May 2018


Systematic review and meta-analysis of the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of inpatient specialist palliative care in acute hospitals for adults with advanced illness and their caregivers

Funding body: NIHR HS&DR

Researchers: Bajwah (PI), Todd (CI)

Period of award: May 2017 to May 2018


Investigating the role of parenteral nutrition in managing inoperable bowel obstruction in women with ovarian cancer.

Funding body: Marie Curie Cancer Care

Researchers: Burden (PI), Todd (CI)

Period of award: June 2016 to May 2017


Can smartphone and teleconferencing technology be used to deliver an effective home exercise intervention to prevent falls amongst community dwelling older people? A feasibility RCT.

Funding body: NIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship (PDF)

Researcher: Hawley-Hague (PI)

Period of award: January 2016 to October 2020