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Free online course on musculoskeletal ageing

The MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) is running a free online course to help educate and inform the public about the risks and prevention tactics of musculoskeletal ageing.

‘The Science of the Staying Active into Old Age' launches on 6 November 2017 (sign up is now open) and features contributions from academics from the University of Liverpool, University of Sheffield and Newcastle University. The course examines how musculoskeletal ageing changes throughout the life course, how physical activity can benefit musculoskeletal health and what effect nutrition can have.

A previous run of the course in 2016 saw 500 learners pledging behaviour change in terms of their approach to exercise, diet and lifestyle. The new run will see a greater focus on measuring that change with two learner surveys to record impact and evidence change.

The course is hosted on Futurelearn, an online learning platform from the Open University, which encourages social learning and is available to anybody in the world with an internet connection and an urge to learn. The course materials are free to access with an optional paid upgrade to engage with quizzes and to receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

To learn more about the course, preview course content and sign up please visit the Futurelearn website:

The Musculoskeletal System: The Science of Staying Active into Old Age

Age and Ageing research survey

NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) West Midlands is asking if you could spare a few minutes to complete a survey regarding your knowledge of and involvement with research within the Age and Ageing specialty.

Within the survey, there are questions regarding if you would like to join the CRN Age and Ageing Specialty group, your interest in research, "Join Dementia Research" and an invitation to an upcoming Age and Ageing CPD accredited event in October.

Take part in the survey

For questions, please contact 01902 441934

Upcoming conferences and events

Keeping up with the science: the future of health and care in the UK 

Registration is now open for Institute for Public Policy's event on Wednesday, 31 January 2018, in London. The event will address how we can ensure that the NHS takes advantage of new science, technology and innovation in the 21st Century.

Get more information or register

Research grant opportunities

Foundation for Medical Research Grants

Research grants that will be awarded by the BMA Foundation in 2018 range from £50,000-£65,000 for research projects ranging from asthma to technology and much in between

Online applications will open on 1 January 2018 and close on 2 March 2018.

If you would like to receive alerts about the BMA Foundation grants or find out more information about the 2018 grants available, please email Youc an also get more information on the BMA Foundation grants website.

For more information:
Call Age UK on 0800 169 8787


Last updated: Dec 18 2017

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