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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 six themes.

Professor Avan Sayer

Newcastle BRC Director and Ageing Syndromes Theme 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 Deputy Theme Lead

Professor David Jones

Liver Disease Theme Lead and Industry Lead

Professor Quentin M Anstee

Liver Disease Deputy Theme Lead

Professor John Isaacs

Newcastle BRC Deputy Director and Musculoskeletal Disease Theme Lead. Research Director, Newcastle Hospitals

Professor Wan-Fai Ng

Musculoskeletal Disease Deputy Theme Lead

Professor Grainne Gorman

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

Professor Volker Straub

Neuromuscular Disease Deputy Theme Lead

Professor Muzlifah Haniffa

Skin and Oral Disease Theme Lead, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Champion

Professor Nick Reynolds

Skin and Oral Disease Deputy Theme Lead

Professor Miles Witham

Ageing Syndromes Deputy Theme Lead and National Ageing Speciality Lead, CRN

Professor Andy Fisher

Training Director, Newcastle BRC and Dean of Clinical Medicine, Newcastle University

Professor Lynne Corner

Patient and Public Involvement Director, Newcastle BRC and Director, VOICE

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

Professor of Computer Science