Jim Edwardson

Founding Director of the Institute for Ageing and Health at Newcastle University

“None of us is as smart as all of us – I don’t know who first said this, but it’s true, and it is the reason why NICA will surely succeed as it harnesses the knowledge, life experiences and wisdom of a global older population.”


Jim was the founding Director of the Institute for Ageing and Health – Newcastle University’s first research institute – and co-founded VOICE with Lynne Corner. After a PhD at the Institute of Psychiatry and posts at Imperial College, and St George’s Hospital Medical School, he returned to Tyneside as Director of the MRC Neurochemical Pathology Unit and Professor of Neuroendocrinology at Newcastle University.

Active in the early growth of the Alzheimer’s Society he is an honorary Vice President of the society. Jim’s involvement with carers and people with dementia brought home the vital importance of public engagement. He was the first Chairman of the NE Regional Forum on Ageing – strapline ‘nothing about us, without us’.

Jim is now Chair of Newcastle University’s Retired Staff Society and actively involved in VOICE.


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