University of Bath

Help us study healthy ageing and get a free health check

Learn more about yourself and your body by taking part in our latest health study, which looks at age-related diseases.

Doctor taking patient's blood pressure
Our new health study aims to better understand healthy ageing.

Life expectancy is increasing and with it comes an increased risk of age-related diseases such as late-onset diabetes.

Through this new study our researchers want to understand more about the impact ageing has on immune cells found in different parts of the body. They hope that these findings can help people to stay healthy for as long as possible.

Take part

If you are a healthy man, aged 20-35 or 60-85 and not taking any anti-inflammatory medications or corticosteroids, you can get involved.

What's involved

You will need to travel twice to the University campus for tests.

  1. This will be for eligibility testing followed by a dietary assessment. We will also help you with physical activity monitoring you will do at home.

  2. This will last approximately four hours. You'll be given a liquid meal and asked to rest in bed while measurements are taken.

Throughout your visits you can read, work, use the internet or watch television. No changes in daily routines are required for this study.

What you'll get

For taking part, you will get:

  • overall health feedback using the latest, and most accurate technologies
  • detailed feedback on diet and physical activity
  • the results of a full-body scan for body composition
  • blood measures of cholesterol, glucose, insulin, and inflammatory markers

To take part, email w.v.trim@bath.ac.uk

More about the study

Professor Dylan Thompson, who is leading the research, said: “We need to find ways to help people to avoid chronic illnesses and enjoy good health into old age. This means that we need to understand the biological pathways believed to be involved in normal ageing in humans – and the first step is to establish whether these pathways are actually different in younger and older people.”

“Ultimately, we hope that this research will help inform the development of therapies which will improve health and quality of life in older people”.

This project is funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).