How can people remain healthy into old age and continue to take part in the life of society? In view of demographic trends, this is a highly relevant challenge in terms of health science and socioeconomics. Until now, ageing research in Germany has concentrated on understanding and treating diseases associated with ageing. By contrast, the Leibniz Research Alliance on Resilient Ageing takes a health-oriented view, pursuing a paradigm shift towards researching mechanisms that will allow people to remain as functionally healthy as possible, despite advancing ageing processes, so that they can continue to play a part in life physically, mentally and socially into old age. The research of resilience mechanisms in old age focuses on investigating adaptive plasticity phenomena and metabolic processes during ageing.
The idea is to bring together highly complex research data from a wide range of areas within the institutes and to make it usable with the help of a joint digital analysis platform. Researchers from the fields of medicine, psychology, the natural sciences, sociology and economics bring their own perspectives to the interdisciplinary alliance.
Advanced materials exhibit complex and changing properties over their life cycle – a new research alliance of the Leibniz Association, led by INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken and the Leibniz Institute of Polymer Research Dresden e.V., will investigate the effects of such materials on the environment and humans and develop concepts for the production of safe advanced materials
The Leibniz Research Alliance Advanced Materials Safety will begin its work in January 2022, building onto the successful activities of the Leibniz Research Alliance Nanosafety. Over the next four years, 12 Leibniz institutes involved in the development and investigation of advanced materials, the study of the effects of these materials on humans and the environment, research on knowledge transfer, and the development of research data infrastructures will cooperate in several subprojects for this purpose.