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NIHA Public Launch event summary


The Public Launch of the Norwich Institute of Healthy Ageing (NIHA) took place on the evening of the 26th November 2020.

Photo above: Adam Clark, Norwich City Council; Prof Anne-Marie Minihane, UEA; George MacGinnis, UKRI and Prof Wendy Hardeman, UEA

Photo below: Keynote Speaker George MacGinnis, UKRI – one of the most important goals for improving healthy ageing – 5 more healthy life years per person by 2035

We are delighted so many people (140+) were able to participate, listen to what we hope were informative presentations on health, ageing and innovations in the field, and a full Questions and Answers session.  A recording of the event is available here if you wanted to review any of the presentations or missed part of the evening.

We hope that many of you have already visited the website https://healthyageingnorwich.com/ or our Twitter account @NorwichHealth and made contact to find out how you can become involved with the Institute. For those of you active in healthy ageing research, we are now planning an Initial Partner Symposium for the 1st February 2021 (13.00-16.35) and are delighted to announce that Prof Sir Michael Marmot FRCP, UCL Institute of Health Equity will be our Keynote Speaker and will give a talk entitled ‘Social justice, health equity and Covid-19’.You can read the abstract of his talk below. You can also register for the Symposium here: https://cutt.ly/NIHA or contact Dr Karen Smith at Karen.L.Smith@uea.ac.uk if you have any queries.


Taking action to reduce health inequalities is a matter of social justice. In developing strategies for tackling health inequalities we need to confront the social gradient in health not just the difference between the worst off and everybody else.  There is clear evidence when we look across countries that national policies make a difference and that much can be done in cities, towns and local areas. But policies and interventions must not be confined to the health care system; they need to address the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age.  The evidence shows that economic circumstances are important but are not the only drivers of health inequalities. Tackling the health gap will take action, based on sound evidence, across the whole of society.  The pandemic has exposed and amplified underlying inequalities in society that lead to inequalities in health.

To find out more about the UKRI Healthy Ageing Catalyst Awards, as mentioned by George MacGinnis our keynote speaker, go to https://www.zinc.vc/catalyst. The awards are for UK-based researchers to develop innovative ideas that reach beyond academia. The awards offer up to £62,500 (fEC) (£50k UKRI + the remainder host institution contribution) and Zinc’s programme of support to help you translate your research to create positive and lasting change on an ambitious scale, whether through a business, charity, social movement, policy & regulatory activity or organisational change.