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Read about the latest publicly-available research and policy information from a range of institutions and government departments.


Living With and Beyond Cancer

A survey to find cancer research priorities has been extended.

More people in the UK are now living with or beyond cancer. But many people, including carers, are not living well. A lot of research is looking for new cancer treatments, but there’s currently not enough research on living with cancer after a diagnosis.

The National Cancer Research Institute is working on a project to change this. They have opened a survey to identify the most important questions that research should address, in order to help improve the quality of life of people affected by cancer.

If you are a professional that works day-to-day treating or supporting those with cancer, or you are living with cancer, have had a diagnosis in the past, or you are supporting someone that has, the researchers would love to hear from you.

Take part in the survey online, or complete the survey on paper by contacting researchers by emailing, by telephoning 0203 469 6307, or mailing LWBC, NCRI Executive, 407 St John Street, London EC1V 4AD.

The survey will close 15 November 2017. Find out more about the project at

MSc Palliative Care Course Scholarships

The Cicely Saunders Institute, King's College London, has 2 scholarships available for UK-based students with an interest in conducting research in either dementia or stroke. These scholarships would pay for their tuition fees.

The MSc programme is run by the Cicely Saunders Institute and was developed by King's College London in collaboration with St Christopher’s Hospice.

Information about the course is here, and the scholarship page is here.

Deadline for applications are 18th November 2017.

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 the 6th 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:

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.

The survey can be found here:

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.

For questions, please contact :  01902 441934

Upcoming conferences and events

BGS meetings 2017 – dates to save

The British Geriatrics Society has announced its 2017 Autumn Meeting:

London – 22-24th November. Focus on integrated care in community and care home settings. Watch this page for more information.

These meetings attract some 600 - 700 attendees from all over the UK. Most are senior consultants and registrars, and are joined by other health professionals from the UK and internationally, researchers and academics from universities and research institutions, and representatives from leading charities.

If you are interested in supporting the meeting through sponsorship or exhibiting, there is further information in their sponsorship PDF (529KB).

For Later Life Conference 2018- Registration now open

You can now book tickets for Age UK’s 2018 For Later Life conference which will take place on Wednesday 14th March 2018 at Church House, Westminster, London.

Our flagship annual conference is a chance for professionals and volunteers from across the public, voluntary and private sector services, to unite to discuss the latest topics and explore recent developments in age-related policy and practice.

Inspirational talks from expert speakers alongside exhibitors make this conference a must-attend event for anyone interested in public policy and quality services for older people.

Programme announcements will be made in October.

Book now to make sure you don’t miss out on our Early Bird rate.

Join the debate on twitter: @age_uk #forlaterlife

For more information:
Call Age UK on 0800 169 8787

Last updated: Oct 18 2017

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