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The National Institute for Health and Care 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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Charlotte Buckland

“Be curious, be brave, achieve more” – Charlotte’s story

Earlier this year, Charlotte Buckland, a frailty clinical specialist physiotherapist at Newcastle Hospitals, was awarded a research internship, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). The funding supported Charlotte to run a six-month research project focussed on ageing-related disease. Sarcopenia is the loss of muscle mass and strength […]

Muzlifah Haniffa and Quentin Anstee

BRC leads listed among world’s most influential researchers

Two senior BRC researchers have been named in a list of the world’s top 1% of researchers, based on their exceptional research influence. Professor Muzlifah Haniffa and Professor Quentin M Anstee, both theme leads for NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Resource Centre (BRC), are listed in Clarivate’s internationally-recognised Highly Cited Researchers 2022 list of the ‘world’s most […]

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Newcastle BRC’s Director co-authors commentary on diagnosis and treatment of sarcopenia

Professor Avan Aihie Sayer, Director of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), and Professor Alfonso Cruz-Jentoft, Professor of Geriatric Medicine at the Hospital Universitario Ramon y Cajal Spain, have published a commentary on the definition, diagnosis and treatment of sarcopenia in Age and Ageing, the Journal of the British Geriatrics Society (BGS). The article […]

Stimulation to visual cortex could reduce hallucinations in blind

Using a non-invasive stimulation on the brain may be effective in reducing the frequency of visual hallucinations in blind patients, a new study has found. A technique called ‘transcranial direct current stimulation’ (tDCS) has been trialled on patients by researchers at Newcastle University and Kings College London, as part of the 18-month study funded by national […]

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Gastroenterology and hepatology research ranked in global top 10

The US News Best Global Universities listing has placed Gastroenterology & Hepatology research at Newcastle University as top 10 in its 2022-23 rankings. Newcastle researchers in Gastroenterology and Hepatology are celebrating being ranked as top 10 in the latest US News Best Global Universities listing, conducted in collaboration with Clarivate. The league table recognises the […]

New multimillion investment to help turn new discoveries into treatments for patients

The Department of Health & Social Care has today awarded Newcastle £23.1m funding for its world-leading research in ageing and multiple long-term conditions. The funding from the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) is for the Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) which combines world-class strengths in ageing and multiple long-term conditions research with […]