Healthy ageing is a lifelong process that starts even before conception, with parents who pass on their genes and with them the risks and opportunities for a healthy life course, or the occurrence of illness later in life. Lifestyle, food patterns and environmental factors influence the development of health. However, new knowledge is required about the influence of these factors, and how they interact with one another.
Research into ageing calls for a multidisciplinary approach. In Groningen Healthy Ageing is seen as a joint research challenge for the UMCG, the University of Groningen, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, and various regional, national and international partners.
The multidisciplinary research extends from fundamental biological and (pre)clinical research through to applied research into social-societal effects of disease and health. In this way results can be translated rapidly into adequate and/or improved prevention and treatment methods. This in turn leads to new products in the field of medication and medical technology for making diagnoses, and for example for the development of new nutritional products – another aspect in which this research is of vital importance.