Vrije Universiteit Brussel

 

Frailty in Ageing research department

General

Description

The Frailty in Ageing (FRIA) research department at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel is a clinical and research team that typically represents multidisciplinary competence, needed for both fundamental and clinical research on frailty in the elderly.

Frailty is a complex geriatric syndrome characterised by a state of increased vulnerability at higher age. There is growing evidence for the involvement of inflammatory processes in the development of frailty. Frail elderly subjects show several clinical manifestations such as sarcopenia, dynapenia, fatigue, sedentary lifestyle, malnutrition, cognitive decline and disability in activities of daily life. Frailty is a typically unstable condition, which can be aggravated by a multitude of triggers of clinical (disease, trauma, etc) and psychosocial (life events) origin.

The aims of FRIA's research activities are to untangle the underlying mechanisms and to develop interventions for prevention and rehabilitation of frailty in the aged.

Contact

Frailty in Ageing research department (FRIA)
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Laarbeeklaan 103
B-1090 Brussels, Belgium

Tel. +32 2 477 42 08 or +32 2 477 42 07 or +32 2 477 63 66
Fax. +32 2 477 63 64

E-mail: secrfria@vub.ac.be

 

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