The program Ageing and Morbidity aims to combat the negative effects of ageing and age-related disorders, such as osteopenia and sarcopenia, osteoarthritis, and of chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases, on musculoskeletal health, movement and physical performance.
The research in this program is grouped in 3 themes:
- Musculoskeletal Health, addressing the impact, prevention and treatment of common musculoskeletal and dental disorders that are associated with ageing, on movement and physical performance. Targeted in this theme are frequent (painful) musculoskeletal conditions among the population, osteoarthritis, dental wear and loss.
- Mobility and Ageing, aiming to preserve musculoskeletal tissue quality, counteracting osteopenia and sarcopenia, and to optimize physical performance and safe mobility to maintain societal participation during ageing, with specific emphasis on vulnerable elderly.
- Physical Functioning in Major Disease, conducting research into the beneficial effects of movement in critical illness and chronic diseases. Targeted in this theme are post-intensive care syndrome, rheumatic diseases, diabetes (including diabetic foot complications), oncological and cardiovascular diseases.