On 5th and 6th October 2023, we hosted the second International Sarcopenia Translational Research Conference in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.  We were delighted to welcome almost 100 researchers and clinicians from across the world to Newcastle University for this event.

The theme of the conference was “Where Worlds Meet” and our aim was to highlight the importance of sarcopenia and advance our knowledge through encouraging interdisciplinary collaborations and supporting the development of early career researchers.

A fantastic scientific programme underpinned the event, spanning the full translational pathway from epidemiology and biology through to clinical trials, interventions, and digital innovations. You can read the conference abstracts published in December's Journal of Frailty, Sarcopenia & Falls here.

Researchers from the AGE Research Group hosted two group workshops; ‘Building interdisciplinary research teams’ delivered by Dr Antoneta Granic, and ‘New ways of characterising skeletal muscle’ delivered by Dr Karen Suetterlin.

Speakers from Brazil, Australia, Europe, Cameroon, Singapore, USA,  Ireland and the UK gave a wide lens focus and highlighted the global nature of sarcopenia research today. In addition to invited talks, over 50 delegates submitted oral or poster abstracts, showcasing a diverse and high-quality body of international work.

The ART (Ageing Research Translation) of Healthy Ageing Network and the (NIHR) Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) awarded funding to 12 Early Career Researchers to support their attendance at the conference. Please click here to learn more about these Early Career Researchers, the conference prize winners and the ART of Healthy Ageing Networking breakfast, held at the start of the second day of the meeting.

Many productive connections were made, and the excellent feedback from delegates showed that the conference clearly achieved its aims:

  1. To advance understanding of sarcopenia for translation into interventions.
  2. To develop effective global collaborations across discipline boundaries.
  3. To encourage and support the development of early career researchers.
  4. To highlight the importance of sarcopenia research for clinical practice.

 Delegate highlights

 “The breadth and quality of talks including both the oral abstracts and the longer lectures.”

“The interdisciplinary nature of the conference was excellent.”

“The chance to speak to researchers at my level and more senior PIs.”

“An atmosphere of friendly collaboration was set at the beginning.”

“It reinforced elements of good clinical practice”

“A very good variety of topics covered and presented by researchers at different career stages.”

“Really fantastic conference - left with lots of food for thought. Was extremely encouraged by the representation from around the globe.”

More information about the conference, including the digital posters, and details of the prize winners, will be available on this website in due course.

You can also browse through #ISTRC2023 social media posts for a real flavour of the energy and collegiate nature of this international event.


Professor Avan Aihie Sayer


William Leech Professor of Geriatric Medicine

Director NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre