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Neuromuscular Disease

Newcastle BRC deputy theme lead named National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Senior Investigator

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A researcher from the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) has been named as Senior Investigator in the latest round of appointments by the NIHR.

It continues Newcastle’s consistent success…

Using imaging technology to better understand diseases

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An NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) funded project has used a novel imaging technique, which allows closer examination of tissue samples, to better understand the mechanisms behind key…

Meet the researcher: Professor Volker Straub

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In our third ‘Meet the researcher’ post, we talk to Professor Volker Straub, Professor of Neuromuscular Genetics at Newcastle…

Wishing Professor Doug Turnbull a very happy retirement as he prepares to leave Newcastle University

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Professor Sir Doug, who co-founded the Mitochondrial Research Group at Newcastle University with Professor Robert Lightowlers thirty years ago, has had a remarkable career dedicated to improving the lives…

Linking skin ageing research with industry: a trainee’s story

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During her PhD, Roisin Stout, a trainee working across our Skin and Oral Disease and Neuromuscular Disease theme was accepted onto a well-respected market-discovery programme for…

Professor of Neurology wins Buchanan Medal

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Professor Sir Doug Turnbull has been awarded this year’s Buchanan Medal, for outstanding contributions to biomedicine, particularly in the field of mitochondrial disease.

The Buchanan Medal is awarded for distinguished…

Deputy Lead appointed President of the World Muscle Society

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Deputy Lead for the NIHR Newcastle BRC’s Neuromuscular theme, Professor Volker Straub, has been appointed President of the World Muscle Society

Professor Straub was unanimously elected from the 1st May,…

Relationship between skeletal muscle disorders and neurodegeneration

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In this NIHR Newcastle BRC funded study, researchers examine what links can be made between sarcopenia, an age-associated progressive muscle disorder, and neurodegenerative conditions such as Parkinson’s disease (PD)


Muscle function as a mediator of ageing phenotype in people living with HIV: a basis for stratified intervention

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Matthew Hunt

HIV is now a chronic manageable condition, but health span is less well preserved than lifespan. People living with HIV (PLWH) present a valuable model in which to…

Interrogating mitochondrial dysfunction in human facial appearance and ageing

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Roisin Stout

The main objective of this project is to investigate the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in ageing- specifically in relation to the skin.

The Study

Mitochondria are the batteries of the…

Age-related bladder dysfunction and mitochondrial biology

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Nana-Jane Chipampe

This project aims to establish the suitability of measuring mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) by sequencing Non-muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer patients’ urine.

The Study

Bladder cancer is the most common urinary tract…

Developing novel biomarkers of motor system changes in ageing humans.

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Stuart Maitland

Neurophysiology of age-related muscle weakness

The Study

As we grow old, we lose muscle bulk and strength. This muscle loss, termed ‘sarcopenia’, is a major burden on the health and…