Monday 12 March 2018

BRC North showcase an outstanding success

A capacity audience gathered last week at a showcase to hear about the work of the Northern National Institute for Health Research (NIRH) Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs).

The sell-out event, organised and hosted by the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA) allowed NIHR Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) from Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield, to discuss their research expertise and explore potential collaborative opportunities with global health, technology and pharmaceutical companies.

Dr Hakim Yadi, Chief Executive for the NHSA, launched the event by introducing the four BRCs and highlighting the calibre of the life sciences industry in the North.

Following this, each NIHR Biomedical Research Centre Director gave an overview of their research expertise. In this session, NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Director, Professor Avan Sayer presented on Newcastle’s strengths in ageing research.

After a networking refreshment break, a representative from each of the four BRC’s presented on a particular project that had involved the collaboration of other researchers and organisations. From the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre, Dr Arthur Pratt delivered an overview on the outstanding worked related to translational research in Rheumatoid Arthritis in Newcastle, mentioning key work that has been carried out with support from the musculoskeletal disease research theme within the NIHR Newcastle BRC.

Following a networking lunch, the audience were able to take part in two separate panel discussions; Precision Medicine and Biomarker Discovery and, Access to the Patient Population.

Professor Fai Ng and Dr John-Paul Taylor from Newcastle University both took part in panel discussions, while Dr Lynne Corner, Director of Engagement at Newcastle University and Director of VOICE, chaired the panel on PPI.

Professor Avan Sayer commented: “This was a wonderful event that allowed us to present a united front on the strength of life sciences and medical research in the North.
We’re very grateful for the support of the NHSA in bringing together the four Biomedical Research Centres and allowing us to showcase our strength, and the value of the NIHR to industry”.

Image: Photo credit to Manchester Press Photography Limited, photography by Mark Waugh, with thanks from the Northern Health Science Alliance.

Pictured, (L-R): Hakim Yadi, Dr Matthew Hallsworth, Prof Dame Pam Shaw, Prof Ian Bruce, Prof Avan Sayer and Prof Paul Emery