Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (Aston University)


Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (Aston University)


ARCHA takes a multidisciplinary approach to understanding and promoting successful ageing by asking how biological, technological, strategic, therapeutic and psychosocial strategies can be employed to understand and therefore improve age-related decline.

Our mission is to facilitate research that helps understand, predict and prevent age-related degeneration, using knowledge and expertise from researchers across the university to make older age better for everyone.

The ARCHA Biology group work on a range of studies including fundamental biological mechanisms of ageing, cell-based systems to model age-related diseases and population-based studies in healthy cohorts to identify and understand factors that influence the ageing process.


  • Dr Cathy Slack (Lead) – Dr Slack’s research includes understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms that govern how an animal ages using the fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, as a model system.
  • Professor Andrew Devitt – Professor Devitt’s research includes work on defining the functional surface of extracellular vesicles and inflammation in dementia.
  • Dr James Brown – Dr Brown works on frailty and metabolism in ageing, and trying to understand the links between body composition and successful ageing.
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