Facilities

The NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre is a partnership between the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University

More about facilities within the NIHR Newcastle BRC

Using our world-class research facilities, we address the complexities of ageing syndromes through our advanced understanding of the processes involved in ageing and long-term conditions.

The NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre is based at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality; a purpose built site that brings together the NHS, Newcastle University and industry dedicated to improving health care for older people.

Our NIHR funding enables us to offer facilities for experimental medicine, technology platforms and core supporting services, alongside the translational biomedical research embedded in our five core themes, and cross-cutting themes.

We host the CRESTA Clinic and the Clinical Ageing Research Unit (CARU).

The CRESTA Clinic is a NHS staffed clinical facility which provides enhanced care for patients with complex multi-morbidity through a ‘one-stop’ multidisciplinary visit. It is a dedicated facility, staffed by colleagues from the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, to serve the needs of an increasingly aged patient population, as well as being geared at recruitment of such patients for participation in early phase trials.

The primary focus of the Clinical Ageing Research Unit (CARU) is to accommodate research in conditions associated with ageing, and to facilitate the development of early assessment and interventional strategies.

Our NIHR Newcastle BRC supports other facilities including:

We work closely with other parts of NIHR infrastructure, both locally and nationally.

The NIHR funded Clinical Research Facility is based on the Royal Victoria Infirmary site and supports highly-trained staff in setting up and delivering all phases of clinical trials.

The NIHR also funds a Diagnostic Evidence Cooperative (DEC) within Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University – a support service that takes diagnostic medical tests through rigorous clinical and economic evaluation in order to assess their suitability for the market.