BIOGRAPHY - Professor Thomas Kirkwood - EN

Researcher at Newcastle University / Head of the Institute for Ageing & Health, School of Clinical Medical Sciences.

  • Since January 1st 2013, he is Chairman of the AXA Research Fund Scientific Board.

  • Tom Kirkwood is Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Ageing at Newcastle University, having previously been Director of the Institute for Ageing and Health from 2004-2011.

  • Educated in biology and mathematics at Cambridge and Oxford, he worked at the National Institute for Medical Research, where he formed and led a new research division, until in 1993 he became Professor of Biological Gerontology at the University of Manchester.

  • His research is focused on the basic science of ageing and on understanding how genes as well as non-genetic factors, such as nutrition, influence longevity and health in old age. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a Senior Investigator of the UK National Institute for Health Research.

  • He was European President (Biology) of the International Association of Geriatrics and Gerontology, chaired the UK Foresight Task Force on ‘Healthcare and Older People' in 1995, led the project on ‘Mental Capital Through Life' within the recent Foresight programme on Mental Capital and Well-Being, was Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Science & Technology Select Committee inquiry into ‘Ageing: Scientific Aspects' and has served on the Councils of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and of the Academy of Medical Sciences. Tom Kirkwood has published more than 300 scientific papers and won several international prizes for his research.

  • He is a frequent contributor to television, radio and press discussion of scientific issues. His books include the award-winning ‘Time of Our Lives: The Science of Human Ageing', ‘Chance, Development and Ageing' (with Caleb Finch) and ‘The End of Age' based on his BBC Reith Lectures in 2001.