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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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Dementia with Lewy bodies and COVID-19

Understanding neurological impacts of COVID-19

Deputy Lead for for the Newcastle BRC’s Dementia theme, Professor John-Paul Taylor, joins Newcastle colleagues to become part of a nationwide consortium to understand more about the neurological impact of COVID-19. The consortium, named COVID-CNS (COVID Clinical Neuroscience Study), is a biomarker study which involves neurologists, psychiatrists and psychologists. Led by Dr Benedict Michael (Liverpool) […]

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Changing healthcare through patient-led research: a trainee’s story

A recent study conducted by Newcastle BRC’s Liver Disease theme PhD student, Jadine Scragg, and supervised by NIHR Clinical Lecturer, Dr Kate Hallsworth has showed that delivery of a very low calorie diet (VLCD) is feasible, acceptable and a potential treatment option for some individuals living with Non-alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD). Jadine gives us […]

Newcastle University ranks top 30 in the world for liver disease research performance

In a recently published list of University rankings, Newcastle University ranked 30th for gastroenterology and hepatology across the world, as well as second in the world for numbers of highly cited papers. Best Global Universities Ranking is a report by U.S News and World, and was created to provide insight into how universities compare globally. […]

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Newcastle BRC partners with European Consortium to prevent undernutrition in older age

Newcastle University experts who are part of the NIHR Newcastle BRC, are set to lead the UK arm of a new European consortium. The consortium has been funded 1.2 million euro for three years, under the Joint Programming Initiative ‘Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’, to run the APPETITE project.  Bringing together researchers across six […]

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Multiverse Lab: new online experience for patient involvement in the North East

Residents living north of the Tyne are being asked to take part in a new interactive, online experience called Multiverse Lab that will shape the future of health research in North East England. Created by the award-winning Unfolding Theatre, Multiverse Lab will gather the opinions of 2,000 people in order to find out what matters […]

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Supporting older people with COVID-19: The Newcastle COVOP Report

A collaborated approach to supporting Newcastle’s older vulnerable population with COVID-19 Earlier this year health and social care organisations across Newcastle upon Tyne (Collaborative Newcastle) were focused on how to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. There was already evidence emerging that older people, especially those living with frailty and multiple long-term conditions, were at greatest […]

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