About us

The NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre improves lives through world-class research in ageing and long-term conditions

About the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre

Our vision is to improve lives through world-class research in ageing and long-term conditions.

The NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a partnership between the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University.

It is one of 20 BRCs across England awarded major funding from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to carry out world-class translational research and experimental medicine that benefits patients.

The BRCs are formed through partnerships between leading NHS organisations and universities throughout England and they share the NIHR remit of translating scientific breakthroughs into improving the health and wealth of the nation.

Our vision

Our vision is improving lives through world-class research in ageing and long-term conditions.

Our purpose

Our purpose is to build on and harness experimental medicine expertise in individual long-term conditions, to advance the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of ageing syndromes such as sarcopenia, frailty and multimorbidity. Ageing syndromes are conditions that adversely affect the health of large numbers of older people, yet they are not always recognised in clinical practice and therefore approaches to diagnosis, treatment and prevention are not well developed. Our BRC will be able to address this important area of unmet health need.

Overall aim

The overall aim of the NIHR Newcastle BRC is to build on excellence in experimental medicine in five key research themes; dementia, liver disease, musculoskeletal disease, neuromuscular disease, and skin and oral disease. We will apply advances in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of these individual long-term conditions, to ageing syndromes such as sarcopenia, frailty and multimorbidity.

 

Working in partnership

The NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a partnership between the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University, where we work with Patient and Public Involvement to translate scientific research into direct benefits for patients.

We are committed to training the next generation of translational researchers in ageing and long-term conditions. NIHR Training is an integral part of our strategy for research training and career development through studentships, workshops, online and face-to-face training.

Our values

Our values are: Focus – Collaboration – Creativity – Delivery – Integrity

These values underpin our partnership with NIHR, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University and with the patients and members of the public who are central to our Biomedical Research Centre.