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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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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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Combining research and clinical care in dermatology: a trainee’s story

Dr Siobhan Muthiah is a Consultant with Newcastle Hospitals, who took part in a research project funded by the NIHR Newcastle BRC. She tells us how this has shaped her clinical career and her research plans for the future. Dr Muthiah worked on ‘Scratching the surface: Gene signatures in pigmented skin lesions’ with Principal Investigator, […]

Multiverse Lab in South Shields - The Map of Now

The public share their health research priorities

Cancer, dementia and mental health are amongst the most common priorities for the people of the region, the Multiverse Lab has found. The Multiverse Lab tour has come to an end after a week on the road, hearing the public’s views on priorities for health and social care research. We wanted to know from people […]

Making ageing a focus for the future

Latest Government Vision document reflects the importance of ageing for the future of healthcare The Government’s Life Sciences Vision, released 6 July by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), sets out the life science sector’s ambitions. The document describes a focus on the UK’s most significant health challenges, including cancer, obesity, dementia […]

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Researchers provide a new understanding of serious health conditions

Researchers at Newcastle University have been able to establish how critical cell processes that are shown to be missing in some people, may provide a deeper understanding of several health conditions such as neurological disorders and cancer. Research was led by Robert Taylor, Professor of Mitochondrial Pathology, and the lead author of the paper, published […]

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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 […]

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Sadaf Iqbal

Trainee (Biomedical Researcher)

Professor Quentin M Anstee

Liver Disease Deputy Theme Lead

Dr Chris Plummer

Informatics Lead, Newcastle BRC and Chief Clinical Informatics Officer, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Eileen Kaner

Director, NIHR Applied Research Collaboration, North East and North Cumbria