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The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a partnership between Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University. We are the only BRC in the country to focus on the conversion of lab-based research around ageing and long-term conditions into practical and meaningful benefits for patients, the public and the health and care system.

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Leading biomedical scientist elected to prestigious Academy

The Academy of Medical Sciences has elected prominent Newcastle biomedical scientist, Muzlifah Haniffa to their Fellowship. Fellows to the Academy are chosen for their exceptional contributions to advancing biomedical science via world-leading research discoveries, running national science communication and engagement programmes, and translating scientific advances into benefits for patients and the public, all of which […]


NIHR Newcastle BRC’s response to national COVID-19 crisis

Scientists and clinicians working as part of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) share what they are doing in support of the unprecedented challenges during COVID-19 As part of the partnership between Newcastle Hospitals and Newcastle University, colleagues linked to the NIHR Newcastle BRC are well placed to respond through both vital research and […]

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Key nose cells identified as likely COVID-19 entry points

Two specific cell types in the nose have been identified as likely initial infection points for COVID-19, new research has revealed. Scientists, including experts at Newcastle University, have discovered that goblet and ciliated cells in the nose have high levels of the entry proteins that the COVID-19 virus uses to get into our cells. The […]

Professor Ian McKeith

Dementia with Lewy bodies: why early detection is key to care and quest

Ian McKeith is an award winning expert in dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB) and led the dementia with Lewy bodies Consortium in producing key guidelines to detecting the characteristic signs of this type of dementia in 1996, and then further updates in 2005 and 2017. Across a period of 30 years, his work has played […]

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New centre is key to addressing health and social inequalities

A visionary new centre is focused on addressing the health inequalities and medical needs of people in the North East and North Cumbria. Image credit: Visit England Newcastle Health Innovation Partners (NHIP) has been made one of only eight Academic Health Science Centres in the UK, bringing the region’s world-class research, NHS and city partners […]

Multiple long-term conditions (or multimorbidity) – what is it and why is it an issue?

Miles Witham is Professor of Trials for Older People at Newcastle University, and the Ageing Syndromes Deputy Theme Lead with the Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre. Multimorbidity is a hot topic in medicine at the moment, with the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and a range of other medical research funding bodies making it a […]

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