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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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New national study into the long-term health impacts of COVID-19 launched

A major UK research study into the long-term health impacts of COVID-19 on hospitalised patients has been launched today. The PHOSP-COVID study has been awarded £8.4million jointly by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). This study is one of a number of COVID-19 studies that have been given […]

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Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial (ACTT): insights with Dr Ashley Price

An international trial which recruited patients in Newcastle Hospitals shows improved recovery rate Results announced last week have shown that patients given the Ebola drug Remdesivir in the Adaptive COVID-19 Treatment Trial (ACTT) trial were found to have a recovery rate that was nearly a third faster than those given placebo. The trial involved more […]

Meet the researcher: Professor Miles Witham

In our second ‘Meet the researcher’ post, we talk to Professor Miles Witham, Deputy theme lead for Ageing Syndromes with the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), as well as Professor of Trials for Older People at Newcastle University. Alongside these roles, he is National Specialty Lead for the NIHR’s Ageing Clinical Research Network (CRN), […]

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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 […]

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 2021. 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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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 […]

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