The University of Groningen (UG) and the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) are starting a network organization for initiatives related to healthy ageing: the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health.
By Marieke Bos / Translation by Traci White
The Aletta Jacobs school will officially open on Thursday, 15 March. Healthy ageing – how people can remain healthy as they age – is one of the main research focus areas at UMCG and the UG. Although a considerable amount of research into the topic is happening across the north, the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health aims to unify the various regional initiatives and serve as a point of contact.
“’Learning by doing; stay healthy longer together!’ – that is our motto”, says scientific director Jochen Mierau. “We intend to join forces to create a healthier world through research, but also through consultancy: we can apply the knowledge we have gained in practice and in education. We want to train the Alettas of the future, the people who can really make a difference.”
Through its stated research themes – Resilience, Sustainability, Justice, Capability and Participation – the Aletta Jacobs School of Public Health intends to collaborate with national and international healthy ageing initiatives. Researchers and professionals focused on healthy ageing are invited to attend the kick-off celebrations in the Aletta Jacobs Hall at the Zernike campus on 15 March.