We are pleased to announce that Bella Starling is the Chair of our new in-depth inquiry into ageing.

Bella is the Director of Vocal (formerly Public Programmes) at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust and a Wellcome Trust Engagement Fellow.

Bella’s career has spanned neuroscience, stem cell and genetic research, science writing, biomedical ethics, public engagement, patient involvement, and science policy, both as a practitioner and strategic adviser. Her current focus is on public engagement in translational science with a strong emphasis on inclusion: ensuring that research reaches out and listens to diverse parts of society, with the aim that the benefits of science and innovation reach those who need them the most.

Of the new appointment, Bella Starling said:

“I am delighted to take on the role of Chair of this important inquiry. Never has it been more important to consider what it means to live well in older age, in the context of scientific, technological, and social innovation. It will be an honour to interrogate this complex area with the Council and colleagues with diverse and lived experience, over the coming months.”

Our in-depth inquiry into ageing will explore the ethical implications of the emerging role of science and technology in helping people live well in old age.