Healthy Ageing

The Healthy Ageing pillar brings to Singapore JCU’s established excellence in public health, healthcare and support services providing an important opportunity for aged care industry stakeholders and the health sector to contribute to the development of strategies, innovation and investment that benefit healthy aging processes in the tropics.

Healthy aging begins at birth and the life decisions we make as individuals, families, and societies affect how we age and the needs we have. With every country in the world experiencing growth in both the size and the proportion of older persons in the population, JCU has a clear commitment to finding solutions for a better future.

To view global leaders speaking on current research on healthy ageing matters, check out our recorded webinar series here.

Our Healthy Ageing researchers are devoted to making a difference in tropical communities across a range of investigations. These include but are not limited to the following thematic areas:
Over 40 per cent of the world’s population has some type of allergic sensitivity, and age dramatically impacts how we see allergic reactions. What’s more, allergen sources are the most diverse in the Asia-Pacific region. However, there are still many things that we yet need to understand about allergies.

Prof Andreas Lopata presented “Shellfish allergy - from Mollusk to Crustacean” at the Good Food Institute (GFI) seminar with Singaporean company Shiok Meats. Watch the workshop recording here.

The Good Food Institute (GFI) is a non-profit organisation developing the roadmap for sustainable, secure, and just production of food for the growing world population. Cultivated meat, plant-based products, and fermentation offer exciting opportunities for the production of sustainable food proteins with tremendous positive impacts for the climate and global health.

Singapore is a research leader on the sustainable production of protein. The Singapore Food Agency (SFA) became the first national regulator in the world to ‘green light’ the sale of a cultivated meat product. Local companies are leading the establishment of cell-based seafood and, through the TFI, JCUS is supporting this movement for the production of healthy and safe alternative proteins.

We work with industry partners to explore ways to prevent social isolation and loneliness while improving mobility. Known for our expertise in psychology, JCUS researchers are conducting several studies that explore the impact of social isolation and loneliness amongst older people, both of which are linked to poorer health outcomes and generalised wellbeing.
Professor Caryn West responded immediately to the COVID-19 pandemic with teams either leading or collaborating on projects locally and globally aimed at identifying the impacts of SARS-CoV-2.
Environmental factors are associated with human well-being; our researchers explore various aspects of beneficial or detrimental influences of nature connectedness, place connectedness and social connectedness.

For further information on how to work with JCU to identify innovative ways to address these and other challenges, please send an email to