An important day for recognising excellence in ageing research, and an honorary award for Angela Rippon

Lead Educator for Ageing Well: Falls, Professor Julia Newton has had a busy couple of days, and you can read why here:

JuliaToday saw two important announcements for Newcastle and our ageing research.

The Newcastle University Institute for Ageing was launched at the Great North Museum here in Newcastle by the wonderful TV presenter Angela Rippon OBE. Angela was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Civil Law for her work highlighting the importance of Alzheimers, dementia and ensuring the patient voice is heard. Angela delivered a fantastic speech at the graduation ceremony to the audience of over 130 Newcastle University graduands where she described her career and how her father would have been particularly proud of her award (being from County Durham down the road from Newcastle).
The second came in the Chancellors Autumn statement (p88 !) delivered in the House of Commons when a £20million investment in a National Institute for Ageing which will be based in Newcastle was announced.
Wonderful recognition of the important research that is being carried out in Newcastle and how working collaboratively can lead to important advances in our understanding of how we age and strategies to improve quality of life.
Julia Newton
Dean of Clinical Medicine & Professor of Ageing and Medicine Clinical Academic Office The Medical School Newcastle University

You can watch Angela receive her award (45 minutes and 8 seconds) and see her speech (45 minutes 50 seconds) in the congregation video at: See if you can spot Julia who was there in the second row behind where Angela was sitting.

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