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Our people

At the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) we bring together investigators across different career stages; from those with significant and world-leading experimental medicine expertise in our theme areas, to early-career academics and clinicians, as well as students and first-time researchers keen to work in the field of ageing and long-term conditions.

They are supported by a team of specialist professional services staff who look after core functions, including performance and reporting, training provision, public and patient involvement and engagement, finance and governance, and communications.

Constructive advice and guidance is provided by our key strategic partners within the Newcastle Hospitals Trust and Newcastle University, as well as an External Advisory Group, which has been convened to review the NIHR Newcastle BRC’s performance, including research, training and PPIE.

See our people:

Dr Paul Donaghy

Intermediate Clinical Fellow

Dr Alison Yarnall

Intermediate Clinical Fellow

Dr Kate Hallsworth

Development Skills Enhancement Awardee

Leanne Cork

Performance Manager

Dr Lisa Robinson

BRC Training Network Member

Dr Michael Drinnan

BRC Training Network Member

Linda Tinkler

BRC Training Network Member

Helen Foley

Communications Manager

Professor Lynn Rochester

BRC-supported researcher

Professor Avan Sayer

Director and Ageing Syndromes Theme Lead

Professor Miles Witham

Ageing Syndromes Deputy Theme Lead

Professor David Burn

Dementia Theme Lead and Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Medical Sciences at Newcastle University

Professor John-Paul Taylor

Dementia Deputy Theme Lead

Professor David Jones

Liver Disease Theme Lead

Professor Quentin M Anstee

Liver Disease Deputy Theme Lead

Professor John Isaacs

Musculoskeletal Disease Theme Lead

Professor Wan-Fai Ng

Musculoskeletal Disease Deputy Theme Lead

Professor Grainne Gorman

Neuromuscular Disease Theme Lead

Professor Volker Straub

Neuromuscular Disease Deputy Theme Lead

Professor Muzlifah Haniffa

Skin and Oral Disease Theme Lead

Professor Nick Reynolds

Skin and Oral Disease Deputy Theme Lead

Professor John Simpson

Scientific Director

Professor Lynne Corner

Patient and Public Involvement Director

Professor Andy Fisher

Academic Director for Training

Dr Chris Plummer

Informatics Lead

Stuart Maitland

Trainee (Doctor/Dentist)

Naw April Phaw

Trainee (Doctor/Dentist)

Thomas Creasey

Trainee (Doctor/Dentist)

Jamie Coulter

Trainee (Doctor/Dentist)

Fareeha Tariq

Trainee (Biomedical Researcher)

Wezi Sendama

Trainee (Doctor/Dentist)

Siobhan Muthiah

Trainee (Doctor/Dentist)

Lisa Richardson

Clerical Assistant

Rachael Gray

BRC Information Officer and Newcastle BioResource Project Assistant

Dame Jackie Daniel

Chief Executive, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Chris Day

Vice-Chancellor, Newcastle University

Yang Bai

Trainee (Biomedical Researcher)

Samantha Waite

Trainee (Biomedical Researcher)

Sadaf Iqbal

Trainee (Biomedical Researcher)

Roisin Stout

Trainee (Biomedical Researcher)

Ramtin Mehraram

Trainee (Biomedical Researcher)

Nana-Jane Chipampe

Trainee (Biomedical Scientist)

Matthew Hunt

Trainee (Biomedical Researcher)

Lucy Gee

Trainee (Biomedical Researcher)

Leena Habiballa

Trainee (Biomedical Researcher)

Jadine Scragg

Trainee (Biomedical Researcher)

Ian Herron

Trainee (Biomedical Researcher)

Daniel Maunder

Trainee (Biomedical Researcher)

Christopher Dowson

Trainee (Biomedical Researcher)

Laura Haigh

Trainee (NMAHP)

Matthew Birkbeck

Trainee (Clinical Scientist)

Dr Richard Dodds

Principal Investigator

Martin Dixon

Chief Operating Officer

Kasia Kurowska

Involvement Manager

Dr Antoneta Granic

Principal Investigator

Dr James Frith

Principal Investigator

Dr Neil Rajan

Principal Investigator

Miriam Lowes

Administrator

Dr Ellen Tullo

Academic Training Lead