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Ageing Syndromes

RAMUS (Rheumatoid Arthritis Muscle Study)

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Principal Investigator: Professor John Isaacs

People with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) often have problems with muscle weakness and wasting (sarcopenia) as well as joint inflammation. In fact we think that the…

SARC-NET: Paving the way for public participation in sarcopenia research

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In a project funded by the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), researchers have facilitated patient participation in sarcopenia research through a brand-new dedicated registry.


The NIHR Newcastle BRC is…

Exploring the commonalities in neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease and neuropathic pain to identify areas for therapeutic exploitation: ExCITE study

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Principal Investigator: Emma Beecroft

The study

Parkinson’s Disease (PD) and neuropathic pain (NP) often occur together, both conditions demonstrate an increase in prevalence with age. Pain is one of the most…

Coming together for older people’s medicine: an event to share knowledge and expertise on working as an academic multidisciplinary team

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Colleagues linked to the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) lead a national event for clinicians and researchers, sharing best practice for multidisciplinary teams working with older patients.

At the…

Newcastle BRC Training Fellow is awarded Doctoral Research Fellowship

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Colette Kirk (pictured left), a Senior Dietitian at Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and current Training Fellow with NIHR Newcastle…

Understanding accelerated ageing for people living with HIV: a trainee’s story

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The NIHR Newcastle BRC is committed to advancing the scientific knowledge on the most common age-related diseases and long-term conditions, in order to…

Funding boost to research multimorbidity in hospital patients

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Scientists have been given almost £4m to improve understanding of multimorbidity in hospital patients.

Research led by Newcastle University will focus on multiple long-term conditions in hospitalised patients and is…

Study reveals increased risks of mortality in COVID-19 patients with frailty

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New research featuring input from the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), has revealed for the first time the extent to which frailty increases the risk of mortality in…

Understanding the links between ageing and immune responses: a trainee’s story

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Wezi Sendama is one of our clinical trainees, whose work focusses on the effect of ageing on…

How can we live longer in better health?

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Newcastle experts contribute to House of Lords report on healthy ageing and make recommendations for improvements.

Today (Friday 15th January 2021), the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee

Register now – rescheduled Sarcopenia Conference

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After an initial postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are delighted to present new dates for the inaugural International Sarcopenia Translational Research Conference (ISTRC), to be held virtually.


Using METformin to PREVENT progression to frailty for older people (MET-PREVENT) – a randomised controlled proof-of-concept trial

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Principal Investigator: Professor Miles Witham


The aim of the MET-PREVENT study is to determine whether the drug metformin, commonly used to treat diabetes, can improve physical function in older people…