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NIHR in Newcastle

In addition to the Newcastle BRC, the NIHR fund a range of research activity across the North East, with the goal of improving the health of everyone in the region. The Newcastle BRC closely collaborates with other centres and networks in order to facilitate the translation of research to healthcare settings, patients and the public.

Other NIHR funded areas include:

NIHR BioResource Centre Newcastle

NIHR BioResource Centre Newcastle contributes to a national initiative of 13 BioResource centres – with more than 100,000 volunteers – across the UK, designed to fight against both common conditions and rare diseases that are affecting people throughout England.

The NIHR BioResource was established to further clinical research within the UK by assisting researchers with volunteer recruitment specifically by genotype and/or phenotype. Researchers can apply to the NIHR BioResource if they are interested in recalling volunteers from the panel.

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NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (Newcastle MIC)

The NIHR also funds the NIHR Newcastle MIC within Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University – one of 11 such support services across the country that takes diagnostic medical tests through rigorous clinical and economic evaluation in order to assess their suitability for the market.

The NIHR Newcastle MIC work with technology developers in academia and industry to deliver high quality scientific evidence on their in vitro diagnostic tests and medical devices. Their work is focused on the analysis of the care pathway (the journey of a patient with a specific condition in the healthcare system), economic modelling and clinical evaluations. It increases the chances that the test is fit for purpose and, thus, adopted into the NHS. The NIHR Newcastle MIC have a particular focus on tests where there are currently unmet clinical needs, and these include: ageing and long-term chronic conditions; infectious diseases and stratified (personalised) medicine.

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NIHR Newcastle Clinical Research Facility (CRF)

The NIHR funded Clinical Research Facility is a partnership between Newcastle University and the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, based at the Royal Victoria Infirmary. The CRF’s highly-trained staff are capable of setting up, negotiating and delivering all phases of clinical trials in accordance with Good Clinical Practice Standards.

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NIHR Translational Research Collaborations

Working alongside a number of different Partner organisations, the NIHR has established ready-formed networks of the UK’s leading universities, NHS trusts and research centres in order to carry out early phase translational research and tackle experimental medicine challenges in selected therapeutic themes.
These collaborations are set-up to support and work with the life sciences industry, charities, researchers and other funders and partners.

Investigators at the NIHR Newcastle BRC benefit from close working relationships with the TRCs for:

  1. Dementia
  2. Diet and Activity Research Translation (DART)
  3. Joint and Related Inflammatory Disease

Other local and national NIHR infrastructure

We work closely with other parts of NIHR infrastructure, both locally and nationally.

  • NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North East North Cumbria
  • NIHR Policy Research Unit – Older People and Frailty  (PRU)
  • NIHR Policy Research Unit – Behavioural Science (PRU)
  • NIHR Innovation Observatory
  • NIHR Local Clinical Research Network North East North Cumbria
  • NIHR Clinical Research Network Speciality Cluster
  • NIHR Health Protection Research Unit
  • NIHR Blood and Transplant Research Unit in Organ Donation and Transplantation
  • NIHR Research Design Service North East
  • NIHR School for Public Health Research
  • NIHR School for Primary Care Research