Scientific Programme

Our exciting Conference Programme 2021‌ includes world-leading speakers from a wide range of disciplines. 

CPD credits have been awarded by the Royal College of Physicians (Code 128669).


Day 1: Thursday 10th June




10:00 - 13:00

Virtual Poster Competition


13:30 – 13:50

Session 1 Welcome and introduction



Setting the translational research scene

Professor Avan Aihie Sayer, Newcastle University, UK

13:50 – 14:30

Session 2: The Burden of Sarcopenia



The epidemiology and health costs of sarcopenia

Dr Peggy Cawthon, University of California San Francisco, USA


Sarcopenia and multiple long-term conditions

Dr Richard Dodds, Newcastle University, UK

14:30 – 14:45

Break & Virtual Posters


14:45 – 15:25

Session 3 The Biology of Sarcopenia



Skeletal muscle biology – lessons for sarcopenia 

Professor Miranda Grounds, University of Western Australia, Australia


The biology of ageing – lessons for sarcopenia 

Professor Lynne Cox, University of Oxford, UK 

15:25 – 16:05

Session 4 Insights from Sports Science



Loss of skeletal muscle and development of sarcopenia in ageing - a sports medicine perspective

Professor Michael Kjaer, University of Copenhagen, Denmark


The role of skeletal muscle ‘epi-memory’ in life course influences on sarcopenia 

Professor Claire Stewart, Liverpool John Moores University, UK

16:05 – 16:20

Break & Virtual Posters


16:20 – 17:00

Session 5 Sarcopenia in Clinical Practice



The definition and diagnosis of sarcopenia

Prof Alfonso Cruz-Jentoft, Hospital Universitario Ramón y Cajal (IRYCIS), Spain


Sarcopenia in the acute setting

Dr Thomas Jackson, University of Birmingham, UK


Close of Day



Day 2: Friday 11th June




10:00 – 10:40

Session 6 Lifestyle Interventions



Prescribing exercise for the prevention and treatment of sarcopenia

Prof Robin Daly, Deakin University, Australia


The role of nutrition in the prevention and treatment of sarcopenia

Prof Sian Robinson, Newcastle University, UK

10:40 – 11:40

Session 7: Next Generation Researchers

Selected Abstracts

11:40 – 12:00



12:00 - 12:40

Session 8: Drug Interventions



Drugs for sarcopenia – where are we now and where do we want to be?

Professor John Morley, Saint Louis University, USA


Ageing and sarcopenia research in an industry setting

Dr Tea Shavlakadze, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, USA

12:40 - 13:40



13:40 - 14:20

Session 9 Meet the Speaker Sessions

Small group sessions

14:20 - 15:10

Session 10 Looking Ahead  
  From discovery science to sarcopenia trials for the 21st century

Prof Miles Witham, Newcastle University, UK


Next steps for our translational research community

Q&A Panel

15:10 -15:20

Poster and Oral Abstract Prizes

Prof John Morley

15:20 - 15:30

Closing remarks

Professor Avan Aihie Sayer, Newcastle University, UK