Specifically concerned with those in between the ages of 65 and 85, this field of study involves international collaboration and a fascinating understanding of both human physiology and technology.

Much of the work in this area concerns the benefits of staying active into later age and how physical exercise or stimulation can aid cognition and alter responses to a raft of conditions.

Multidisciplinary teams often work together in environments custom-built to achieve optimum results for research subjects, not too dissimilar to gyms for elite athletes – yet targeted at older members of society and their needs.

Drilling down further to a molecular level, there is also intensive research into the production and formation of new neurons, generated from the resident population of stem cells in the are of the brain known as the hippocampus.

Explore our groups

UQ Centre for Exercise and Healthy Brain Ageing
The UQ hub for a world leading research project investigating the effects of exercise on cognition in older adults.
Bartlett Group
Focused on identifying the molecular mechanisms that regulate stem cell activation, and on using this knowledge to enhance neurogenesis and ameliorate functional deficits in mouse models of ageing dementia, stroke, anxiety and depression.

Researcher spotlight

Tina's research focuses on reducing cancer progression and improving the disease and treatment related symptoms of people living with and beyond cancer through exercise and nutrition.