Gindo Tampubolon


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Global healthy ageing using large scale longitudinal ageing surveys

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Supervision areas

I supervise research students and postdocs studying healthy ageing in particular cognitive ageing using longitudinal ageing studies from around the world including the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, the US Health and Retirement Study, the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe, the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study and the Chinese Longitudinal Healthy Longevity Survey.

I also supervise research students studying healthy digital dividends particularly how different digital technologies deliver varying benefits to different groups in society and through what mechanisms.

Former PhD students: Dave Griffiths, Yanuar Nugroho, Joana Almodovar, Necla Acik-Toprak, Paul Widdop, Sujarwoto, Adrian Leguina Ruzzi, Adi Pierewan, Devi Femina, Asri Maharani, Wulung Hanandita, Robert Eendebak, Syed Zahiruddin.

Current PhD students: Guannan Li, Sam Anderson (Biotechnology & Biological Science Research Council). 


Ir, MM, MSc, PhD

Senior lecturer in Global Health at the Global Development Institute.

Deputy director, Rory and Elizabeth Brooks Doctoral college.

Deputy director, MSc Programme in International Development.

Previously on research leave in spring 2009 and 2012 at the Harvard School of Public Health. 

Research interests

Specific research interests:

  • Scale-up of a primary care intervention for cardiovascular risk management in Indonesia. The George Institute, Sydney, Brawijaya, BPJS Kesehatan, Manchester. $756K Funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council (Australia) & the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases.
  • Policy Research Unit on Older People and Frailty. Manchester, Newcastle, LSE. £4.9M Funded by the National Institute of Health Research.
  • The combined impact of dementia, age-related hearing and vision impairment: SENSE-Cog: Promoting health for eyes, ears and mind, led by the University of Manchester. €5.9M Funded by European Horizon2020.
  • Neighbourhood and dementia. Keady: PI; Burns, Challis, Davies, Leroi, Nazroo, Pendleton, Reeves, Reilly, Swarbrick, Tampubolon, Taylor, Young: Co-PIs. £4.8M. Funded by the National Institute of Health Research.
  • Inequalities in later life, frailty and wellbeing: an interdisciplinary approach to causality. (James Nazroo: PI; Burns, Chandola, Goodacre, Horan, Pendleton, Tampubolon, Wu: Co-PIs. £2.4M. Funded by the Medical Research Council.

Brain structure and function and their relations with sensory impairments using UK Biobank's imaging-derived endophenotypes, especially magnetic resonance images and diffusion tensor images.

Genome-wide association studies and epigenetic studies of depression, cognition, probable sarcopenia and frailty in older adults using the US Health and Retirement Survey and the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.


On understanding the challenge of population ageing using large scale data in around the world, including the challenge's scale, shape and timing. Also on healthy digital dividends particularly how different digital technologies deliver varying benefits to different groups in society and through what mechanisms. There is no scholarship on offer at the moment.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Global Development Institute
  • Healthier Futures
  • Global inequalities
  • Dementia@Manchester
  • Digital Futures
  • Manchester Institute for Collaborative Research on Ageing


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