The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) has appointed Miles Witham, Professor of trials for older people at Newcastle University, as the national speciality lead for ageing for the NIHR’s Clinical Research Network. Professor Witham will hold the role until the end of March 2022 and he has taken over from Professor Helen Roberts from Southampton, who stepped down at the end of May following four years in the role.

In his new position Miles will be looking to better enable a research environment where more collaborators are trained and equipped to deliver more studies for more older people, using the best that big data and methodological innovation can provide to facilitate participation by as wide a range of older people as possible, in a range of settings that reflect health need and clinical activity. He has been the local ageing clinical lead for CRN North East North Cumbria for the last year.