Avan Aihie Sayer graduated in medicine from the University of London and following general medical training, won a 4 year Wellcome Clinical Training Fellowship. She completed an MSc in Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and then a PhD on the developmental origins of ageing at the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit. 

She finished higher specialist medical training in Wessex and became a Consultant in Geriatric Medicine in Southampton in 1998. She returned to the MRC as a Clinical Scientist in 2000 and was appointed to an Honorary Chair in Geriatric Medicine at the University of Southampton in 2007.

She leads an interdisciplinary ageing research group that integrates clinical, epidemiological, basic and social science, and is involved in a wide range of national and international collaborations. Key features of her research are summarized below:

  • The research involves older people across the health spectrum from those who are healthy and community dwelling to those who are acutely unwell and hospitalised
  • It focuses on muscle strength across the lifecourse as loss of muscle strength is a key feature of major geriatric syndromes such as sarcopenia, frailty, falls and fracture
  • Her approach integrates research with clinical practice to translate findings into beneficial healthcare interventions
    The group includes a flourishing NIHR funded academic geriatric medicine training programme