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Musculoskeletal Disease

Autologous Tolerogenic Dendritic Cells for Rheumatoid Arthritis (AuToDeCRA)

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Currently we rely on general dampening of immune responses (immunosuppression). At best, these approaches lead to symptom control, but they do not address the underlying cause and often…

Remote monitoring of disease and physical activity in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: a pilot study

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Principal Investigator: Dr Kenneth Baker

Rheumatoid arthritis is a common disease affecting 1 in 100 UK adults, causing joint pain, stiffness and fatigue. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis need close monitoring…

Meet the Researcher: Dr Ken Baker

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Dr Ken Baker is an NIHR Clinical Lecturer in Rheumatology at Newcastle University. He also has clinical responsibilities at Newcastle Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, where he sees patients as…

Research into better outcomes for early Rheumatoid Arthritis patients: a trainee’s story

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Dr Faye Cooles is an NIHR clinical lecturer in Rheumatology. She received part-funding from the NIHR Newcastle BRC during her PhD to carry out research into type 1 interferons…

The symptom of fatigue – next steps for a better understanding

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Professor Wan-Fai Ng has worked with colleagues to produce a review on fatigue as a symptom of inflammatory rheumatic diseases.

The review highlights current knowledge and what needs to…

Newcastle experts receive funding to help diagnose and treat long-COVID

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Researchers at Newcastle University are amongst experts across England to receive part of £19.6m of funding to improve understanding of the condition, from diagnosis and treatment, to rehabilitation and…

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…

Meet the researcher: Professor Fai Ng

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In our fifth ‘Meet the researcher’ post, we talk to Wan-Fai Ng, Professor Professor of Rheumatology at Newcastle University and Consultant Rheumatology at the Freeman Hospital, part of

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.

The…