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Musculoskeletal Disease

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.


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…