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Musculoskeletal Disease

Musculoskeletal Remote pAtient centred cARe (MSK RADAR)

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Principal Investigator: Dr Arthur Pratt

Full project title: Musculoskeletal Remote pAtient centred cARe (MSK RADAR): A service delivery project to integrate remotely reported patient outcomes with the electronic record for…

Flow cytometry profiling of circulating flare-related lymphocytes to predict and understand flare and drug-free remission in rheumatoid arthritis

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Principal Investigator: Dr Ken Baker

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a common disease affecting 1 in 100 UK adults, characterised by joint pain and swelling. With modern arthritis drugs, many patients…

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…

Newcastle Clinical Research Facility appoints new Director

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We are delighted for our colleague Professor Fai Ng, who has been appointed as Director of the NIHR Newcastle Clinical Research Facility (CFR).

As Deputy Lead for the NIHR…

Series of films on fatigue, available to the public

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Experts across healthcare and academia in Newcastle have produced a number of short patient education films aimed at supporting people with symptoms of fatigue as they recover from COVID-19.


Newcastle BRC theme lead engages with thousands at online conference

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Professor of Clinical Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Disease theme lead with the NIHR Newcastle BRC engaged with thousands of online conference delegates as he presented at the virtual EULAR Congress…

The John Isaacs PhD scholarship announced

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Development of a diagnostic and therapeutic response biomarker for patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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Ian Herron 

The aim of this project is to develop and optimise a clinically feasible assay to detect a 3-gene biomarker and then test whether this biomarker has diagnostic, as…

Detection of somatic mutations in rheumatoid arthritis

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Fareeha Tariq 

The project takes a novel approach at the interface of a long-term condition (RA) and ageing.

The Study

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease most commonly diagnosed in aging…

Investigating the role of Langhans type multinucleated giant cells in giant cell arteritis.

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Daniel Maunder 

The aim of this project is to investigate the formation & function of Langhans-type multinucleated giant cells to improve our understanding of giant cell arteritis.

The Study

Giant cell arteritis…

Research and industry collaborate to learn more about fatigue

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In a NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre funded project Professor Wan-Fai Ng and colleagues have collaborated with industry partners GSK to use wearable devices to explore the potential benefits…