Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University
The NIHR Newcastle BRC represents a collaboration between the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University.
Newcastle University exists for the public benefit to advance knowledge, provide creative solutions and solve global problems. It has a commitment to being a world class, research-intensive university that builds upon a broad disciplinary base to integrate education with research and engagement.
Medicine has been taught at Newcastle since 1834 and a lot of modern care techniques and technologies were developed here. The University currently has Europe’s largest concentration of ageing-related interdisciplinary researchers (approx 600 staff & 150 students) as well as a well-established expertise around ageing research. This critical mass of academic expertise in the field makes the NIHR Newcastle BRC ideally-placed to be the only BRC in the country to focus on supporting first-in-to-man studies (ie beyond work that may have only been tested on animals) in this field and accelerate it down the pathway to deliver improvements to diagnosis, treatments or interventions and potentially cures for ageing-related conditions.
Ageing research at Newcastle University
1960s: Scientists at Newcastle University identify the major brain biochemical deficit which causes Alzheimer’s disease, making the institution a world leader in ageing research and age-related illness
1994: Institute for the Health of the Elderly established – the first multidisciplinary centre to recognise the complexity of ageing research and its importance as a societal challenge
2004: first purpose-built ageing research building was constructed: the Henry Wellcome Laboratory for Biogerontology Research
2005: the University partnered with the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to establish Campus for Ageing and Vitality
2007: First NIHR Newcastle BRC established – went on to be successful in two successive funding competitions, meaning that a BRC focusing on ageing and long-term conditions has now been here for 12 years
2014: NU successfully bid to host National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA), bringing together academics, the NHS, public and private sector