UK SPINE KE: free flow of knowledge to accelerate innovations in ageing

Human ageing is a complex process with genetic, environmental and socioeconomic drivers. In order to produce a step change in addressing this challenge through medical innovation, a new way of working is required.

Funding opportunities and call for proposals

We are seeking partners and projects interested in applying for funding via our PoC funding stream. Engaged in innovative research into healthy ageing, affordable medicines and/or knowledge exchange then read more here...

UK Knowledge Exchange Spine

The UKSPINE sets out to build a multi-lateral knowledge exchange network, concomitantly bringing together multi-disciplinary expertise from a range of HEIs, industry and the charitable sector, together with strong NHS partnerships focused on a common goal.

The Life Science Industrial Strategy set out to establish the UK as a global hub for clinical research and medical innovation, through novel and efficient partnerships across sectors.  Critical to this mission is knowledge exchange, which is better, faster and bigger.

Pivotal to the UK and all developed nations is the healthcare challenge to improve therapeutics for the elderly, reducing the impact of age related comorbidities, affordably, with accelerated timelines.  The UKSPINE project sets out to improve health in old age, by accelerating the development of new and affordable therapies which overcome the generic processes driving ageing and age related diseases.

Please hold the date for our 2nd annual symposium, which will deliver a day focused on development in the delivery of therapeutics for healthy ageing.

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Spine Partners

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University of Oxford

The University of Oxford are the lead UK SPINE partner and drive the target discovery effort of the UK SPINE by implementing the world-renowned capabilities of the structural genomics consortium.

University of Birmingham

As core partner of the UK SPINE the University of Birmingham drive the development of innovative clinical trials, new regulatory frameworks and patient public engagement within the healthy ageing space.

University of Dundee

As core partner in the UK SPINE the drug discovery unit (DDU) at the University of Dundee drives the development of the drug discovery, drug screening, and lead optimisation portfolio through their world-leading drug discovery pipeline.

Medicines Discovery Catapult

The Medicines Discovery Catapult turn high-impact science into new, high-value products and services that are used to accelerate innovative drug discovery.

The Francis Crick

The Francis Crick Institute is dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease.

University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is a world leader in research for the benefit of society both in the UK and globally. They are the lead UK SPINE partners and drive the target discovery effort of the UK SPINE by implementing the world-renowned capabilities of the structural genomics consortium.

University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham has major expertise in human ageing and age-related inflammatory diseases. As core partner of the UK SPINE they drive the development of innovative clinical trials, new regulatory frameworks and patient public engagement within the healthy ageing space.

University of Dundee

As core partner in the UK SPINE the drug discovery unit (DDU) at the University of Dundee drives the development of the drug discovery, drug screening, and lead optimisation portfolio through their world-leading drug discovery pipeline. Their work with the UKSPINE is funded through the Scottish Funding Council.

Medicines Discovery Catapult

The Medicines Discovery Catapult bring together a fragmented sector of industry, academia, charities, technologists, services, finance companies, SMEs and start-ups in the UK. They turn high-impact science into new, high-value products and services that are used to accelerate innovative drug discovery.

The Francis Crick

The Francis Crick Institute is dedicated to understanding the fundamental biology underlying health and disease. They aim to increase our fundamental understanding of how to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as cancer, heart disease, stroke, infections and neurodegenerative diseases.

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