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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.

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Five steps for action from the International Sarcopenia Translational Research Conference 2021

Following a successful event, jointly hosted by the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (Newcastle BRC) and Newcastle University’s AGE Research Group, we look at the key messages for interdisciplinary translational sarcopenia research. The virtual conference took place 10-11 June 2021 and welcomed nearly 200 delegates from 25 countries worldwide. Guests and speakers came from a […]

Clinical Research with Older People

Funding available for healthcare professionals

The NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Centre plans to fund a small number of partial scholarships for the Clinical Research with Older People Masters module starting in January 2022. This funding is to encourage healthcare professionals with an interest in the health of older people and in clinical research to consider further academic opportunities. All details of […]

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Detecting Lewy body dementia using heart scans

Research supported by the Newcastle BRC gathers evidence on the accuracy of a heart scan for diagnosing Lewy body dementia at its earliest stages. Funded by Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) and supported by the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (Newcastle BRC), a team led by Professor Alan Thomas of Newcastle University, compared brain scan data […]

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BRC trainee receives Rising Star Award

Dr Kate Hallsworth has been awarded a prestigious Rising Star Award from the European Association for the Study of Liver (EASL). Dr Hallsworth (pictured below) is an NIHR Newcastle BRC funded trainee, and a Senior Research Physiotherapist with Newcastle Hospitals. She has published world-leading research in the field of lifestyle management for patients with non-alcoholic […]

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Key milestone: first UK patient enrolled in DMD gene therapy trial at DMD Hub site

Pfizer has announced that the first UK-based DMD patient has been enrolled in a gene therapy trial at Newcastle Hospitals, a DMD Hub site. Pfizer have announced the enrolment of their first participant in a Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) gene therapy trial in the UK. This is the first time a DMD patient in the […]

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BRC-funded researcher investigates long term effects of COVID-19 on the heart

Funded almost £150,000 by a national charity, this project will focus on investigating long-term inflammation of the heart following COVID-19 infection. Around 10% of COVID-19 patients in the UK will suffer from so-called ‘long-covid’, where symptoms continue for more than three months. Ioakim Spyridopoulos, Professor of Cardiovascular Gerontology at Newcastle University has been awarded a […]

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