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Strategic Leadership team

The NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre is led by a team of internationally-recognised clinicians and scientists, who provide overarching strategic direction for the BRC as well as specialist oversight for our themes.

Professor Avan Sayer

Newcastle BRC Director & Ageing, Sarcopenia and Multimorbidity Theme co-lead

Martin Dixon

Chief Operating Officer

Dame Jackie Daniel

Chief Executive, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Professor David Burn

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

Professor Andrew Blamire

Dean, Newcastle University Translational and Clinical Research Institute

Professor John-Paul Taylor

Dementia, mental health and neurodegeneration theme lead

Professor Quentin M Anstee

Co-theme lead for Liver Disease, Multimorbidity and Lifestyle

Professor John Isaacs

Newcastle BRC Deputy Director and Research Director, Newcastle Hospitals

Professor Wan-Fai Ng

Musculoskeletal Disease and Inflammation Medicine theme lead

Professor Grainne Gorman

Neuromuscular Disease Theme Lead and Director, Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research

Professor Volker Straub

Neuromuscular Disease co-Theme Lead

Professor Muzlifah Haniffa

Skin disease, oral disease and immunogenomics theme lead, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Champion

Professor Nick Reynolds

Skin disease, oral disease and immunogenomics co-Theme Lead

Professor Miles Witham

Professor of Trials for Older People & Ageing, Sarcopenia and Multimorbidity Theme co-lead

Dr Chris Plummer

Informatics Lead, Newcastle BRC and Chief Clinical Informatics Officer, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Professor Eileen Kaner

Director, NIHR Applied Research Collaboration, North East and North Cumbria

Professor Paul Watson

Director of the National Innovation Centre for Data and co-theme lead for Digital Health, Ageing Innovation and Inclusion

Professor Lynn Rochester

Theme lead for Digital Health, Ageing Innovation and Inclusion

Professor Helen Reeves

Co-theme lead for Liver Disease, Multimorbidity and Lifestyle

Dr Arthur Pratt

Musculoskeletal Disease and Inflammation Medicine theme co-lead

Professor Alastair Burt

Theme lead for Informatics and Precision Care for an Ageing Population

Professor Hamish McAllister-Williams

Theme co-lead for Dementia, Mental Health and Neurodegeneration

Professor Rachel Cooper

McArdle Chair in Ageing, Professor of Translational Epidemiology & BRC Interdisciplinary Research co-lead