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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 in ageing and long-term conditions, into practical and meaningful benefits for patients, the public and the health and care system.

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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 […]

Multiverse Lab in South Shields - The Map of Now

New Multiverse Live Tour dates announced

As promised, the Multiverse Lab is heading back out on the road this Autumn, where we will be talking to the public about what health research matters most to them. To add your voice to the Multiverse Lab and share your health research priorities, see below for venues, dates and times: Tues 28 Sept, 9.30am-5.30pm […]

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Professor Avan Sayer ranked in top 10 global ageing research experts

Professor Avan Sayer, Director of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre is recognised as one of the leading experts in sarcopenia globally, according to a recent list published by Expertscape. Professor Sayer is one of several NIHR Newcastle BRC researchers to have been recognised in the list, demonstrating that Newcastle University is leading the way, […]

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Development study reveals origins of inflammatory bowel disease

A development study, led by one of Newcastle BRC’s theme leads, has produced publications outlining the origins of several diseases. The papers, published in Nature, are the work of the Human Cell Atlas consortium; a group of scientific experts from across the globe, including Professor Muzlifah Haniffa, Skin and Oral Disease theme lead for the […]

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