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Learning leadership in mitochondrial disease with FLIER

Professor Gráinne Gorman shares her experience of learning through the Academy of Medical Sciences FLIER programme. Find out how the Newcastle BRC’s Neuromuscular theme lead, and Director of the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research is learning to lead with the FLIER programme. This is a programme designed to equip emerging leaders with the skills to help […]

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Light shed on role of fats and proteins in Lewy Body dementia

Increased levels of certain fats and proteins found in one of the most common forms of dementia, Lewy body dementia, could help with diagnosis and test for the effectiveness of treatments. Researchers at Newcastle University, including those supported and affiliated with the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)’s Dementia Theme, have moved a step closer […]

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Patient recruitment begins for muscle strength study

Recruitment begins for MET-PREVENT; a research trial to examine treatments for older people with muscle weakness. MET-PREVENT is a Newcastle BRC-funded study. It will test whether the medicine metformin can improve physical function in older adults with muscle weakness and frailty. Researchers have just begun to recruit patients to the study, which involves 80 volunteers […]

Healthcare professionals get started in clinical research

Ageing researchers and clinicians host a two-day course for healthcare professionals wishing to embark on clinical research with older people. Professor Miles Witham, Dr Ellen Tullo and Dr Richard Dodds, along with a multi-professional faculty, delivered the two-day (12 and 13 Oct 2021), online course. The aim of ‘Getting Started in Clinical Research with Older […]

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The symptom of fatigue – next steps for a better understanding

Professor Wan-Fai Ng has worked with colleagues to produce a review on fatigue as a symptom of inflammatory rheumatic diseases. The review highlights current knowledge and what needs to be done to help move forward and help patients manage this symptom. Fatigue is a serious and debilitating symptom of rheumatic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, […]

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How blood and immune systems form in developing bone marrow

Researchers have found that in the space of just a few weeks, numerous blood and immune cell types emerge from developing bone marrow, including key white blood cells that protect against bacteria. Professor Muzlifah Haniffa, lead for the Newcastle BRC’s Skin and Oral Disease theme, was part of the first comprehensive analysis of how the […]

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