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New director of Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing

12 Oct 2015

Debora Price joins Manchester from King’s College London

Debora Price

Debora Price has been appointed the new director of the Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing (MICRA).

Dr Price will take up the position of Professor of Social Gerontology in the School of Social Sciences on 1 February 2016. She joins the University from King’s College London where she was Reader in Social Gerontology and Deputy Director of the Institute of Gerontology.  

Professor Price said: “I am delighted to be joining MICRA, now well established as a centre of excellence in ageing research at one of the UK’s leading research universities.”

Formerly a barrister, her primary research interest is in poverty and inequality in later life, specialising in the study of pensions, funding later life and the sociology of money over the life-course. In 2016, she begins a three-year term as President of the British Society of Gerontology. 

“Whether we are thinking about family life, communities and work, biosciences, medicine, healthcare, ethics, technology, the design of our cities, politics or economics, we need the kind of robust research undertaken at MICRA to understand how we maximise quality of life for everyone in such a rapidly changing world,” said Professor Price. “MICRA’s research makes a real difference to the lives of older people, and I very much look forward to being part of its future.”

Professor Price will take over the leadership of MICRA from the current Director Chris Phillipson, Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology. Professor Phillipson will remain at Manchester leading on research collaborations with Greater Manchester and Manchester City Council. He is also developing a programme of research (with a number of colleagues) on age-friendly cities, work and retirement, and the impact of globalisation on ageing populations.

Professor Phillipson said: ‘The appointment of Professor Price is hugely significant for the Institute and will help support a major expansion in age-related research across The University of Manchester. Professor Price has established an international reputation for her research into key areas of concern to older people. Her appointment demonstrates the commitment of the University to support MICRA’s development as a world-class centre for work on the study of ageing populations.”

Neil Pendleton, recently appointed Professor of Medical Gerontology, takes on the new role of MICRA Deputy Director. Professor Pendleton is principal investigator in The University of Manchester Longitudinal Study of Cognition in Normal Healthy Old Age, a geriatrician at Salford Royal Foundation Trust and leads the age and ageing theme in the Greater Manchester NIHR Clinical Research network.