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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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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 […]

AI tech for neurological diseases

Diagnosis of neurological diseases to benefit from AI

Cutting edge Artificial Intelligence technology for diagnosing neurological disease such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s from eye scans will be tested and scaled in the NHS. The Newcastle University-led project working with partners at the RVI in Newcastle part of the Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust and Sunderland Eye Infirmary is one of the first winners of […]

Matron Aileen Burn

COVID vaccine research at Newcastle Hospitals

In a recent RCN Magazine feature, Matron Aileen Burn has described how nursing colleagues at Newcastle Hospitals have not only been caring for patients during COVID-19, but how their role also extends to vital vaccine trials. She discusses Newcastle Hospital’s role in delivering phase three trials as part of the Oxford COVID-19 study, and how […]

Skin ageing

Linking skin ageing research with industry: a trainee’s story

Our NIHR Newcastle BRC trainees are offered a range of career development opportunities to enhance their prospects beyond their PhD study with us. Roisin Stout, a trainee working across our Skin and Oral Disease and Neuromuscular Disease themes has recently been accepted onto a well-respected market-discovery programme for early career researchers, and she tells us […]


New NHS service enables people to sign up to be contacted for COVID-19 vaccine studies

A new NHS service has been launched today (20 July), helping people across the UK sign up for information on the new COVID-19 vaccine trials. The new NHS Covid-19 vaccine research registry will help large numbers of people be recruited into the trials over the coming months, potentially leading to an effective vaccine being identified […]

Newcastle city centre

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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