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Alzheimer's Research UK: Do you want to know more about Dementia?

Lindisfarne Room, Kings Road Centre, NE1 7RU
14.00-17.00, 14 September 2016  

Free Public event with short talks on Alzheimer's and other dementias, current treatments and latest research.

Talk Title


2.00-2.10: Welcome & Introductory Remarks

Prof Raj Kalaria

Network Centre Coordinator, Inst of Neuroscience

2.10-2.30: Funding world class research

Dr Laura Phipps, Alzheimer’s Research UK

2.30-2.50: What happens in a Memory Clinic?

Dr Pat Mynt, NTW, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust

2.50-3.10: Can telling the absolute truth be unhelpful for people with dementia?

Dr Roberta Caiazza, NTW, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust

3.10-3.30:A memorable cup of tea!

Dr Edward Okello, School of Agriculture, Food & Rural development, Newcastle University

3.30-3.45: Newcastle Dementia Studies: The CogFASTstudy website

Ms Sarah Barnfield

Graduate Student, Newcastle University

3.50pm TeaBreak

Q & A, Newcastle Brain Bank and General Discussion (~30 min)

The event is free but please register as places are limited. Email: Sally.Warburton@ncl.ac.uk Tel: 0191 208 1342





MRes Poster Evening (plus light refreshments)

On Tuesday 2nd August, this year's MRes students will be presenting their work in poster format. All are invited to join students in celebrating the end of their MRes degree. 

The event will begin at 5.00pm with drinks and nibbles and will conclude at 6.30pm with the announcement of this year's poster prize winner. 

Date: Tuesday 2nd August
Time: 5.00-6.30 pm
Venue: Sports Centre 

Santander Mobility Awards for 2016/17

Santander Universities has made available a grant to support Newcastle University staff or students (both undergraduates and postgraduates) who wish to undertake a period of research or study in any country within the Banco Santander network as listed: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, UAE, UK, Uruguay, or the USA.
The Mobility Award is provided by Santander to be used as outlined below:
1. a minimum of 10 awards with a maximum value of £1,400
Where the panel believes that a proposal does not represent value for money yet wishes to partially support the activity, funding may be offered at a reduced level. 


The principal criterion for the award of a grant in 2016/17 is that the proposed travel project will make a demonstrable and tangible contribution to the applicant’s studies or research. Applicants must explain how the proposed travel will satisfy this requirement. From 2016/17 onwards the funds will be used to support staff and students across all three faculties. We welcome applications from students for whom travel abroad would facilitate and augment existing extra-curricular learning initiatives or directly benefit their course. Successful applicants will be required to report on their experiences abroad via Blog Posts to http://blogs.ncl.ac.uk/internationalisation. 



  • Newcastle University staff and students studying at all levels are eligible for these awards.
  • Preference will be given to students who demonstrate that the proposed mobility will benefit their course of study or other extra-curricular learning initiatives being pursued.
  • Travel must be to one of the following countries: Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Germany, Ghana, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, UAE, UK, Uruguay, and USA.
  • Awards must be taken up within the 2016/17 academic year and travel must take place by August 31st 2017.
  • The value of the scholarship will be paid directly to the scholarship holder and can be used as a contribution towards the costs of travel, accommodation, subsistence or the attendance at courses. 


How to Apply

Please complete the following online form: http://forms.ncl.ac.uk/form.php?id=10237 other applications will not be accepted.
The first round deadline for applications in the 2016/17 academic year is:
14 October 2016 

Selection Panel

The Selection Panel, which reports to University Internationalisation Committee (UIC), meets within one month of each application deadline to review the applications on the basis of the fund criteria. The decision on the application, including any conditions, will be communicated to the proposer by the panel secretary no later than six weeks after the application deadline.
The Selection Panel is comprised of representatives from the following Faculties as well as teams supporting the University’s student scholarship, mobility and international agendas:


  • Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Medical Sciences
  • Faculty of Science, Agriculture & Engineering
  • International Relations
  • Language Resource Centre
  • NU Advancement
  • Student Mobility & Integration
  • Student Wellbeing Service
  • Santander Universities 


The University reserves the right to vary all or any scholarship awards at its sole discretion.
Scholarship winners will be invited to attend the University’s Scholarship Reception Event in April 2017. 

Transfer of Durham School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health to Newcastle

Following an extensive consultation exercise with school staff and students, Durham University has agreed a transfer of its School of Medicine, Pharmacy and Health to Newcastle University. Read more.



Drug Target Identification Intern at C4X Discovery Manchester


C4X are now offering TWO PIPS placements in Manchester and TWO in Central London  - all running from mid-Sept to mid-December 2016

C4X Discovery aspires to become the world’s most productive drug discovery company. Using our unique NMR-based technique, we are improving the efficiency of the drug discovery process, both in partnership with the pharmaceutical industry and across our own pipeline of high-value therapeutic targets.

C4X Discovery is a spin-out company from the University of Manchester and currently employs 25 staff, comprising NMR spectroscopists, chemists, biologists and software developers. In Oct 2014 we raised £11m in an Initial Public Offering on the London AIM stock exchange.

In this project, you will make a vital contribution to real-world drug discovery programs at their initiation, helping us decide which targets to pursue next in our pipeline. The key aim of the project is to undertake reviews of potential drug discovery targets to assess the mechanism of action of existing compounds, the strength of linkage to disease and the competitor landscape. Your reviews will involve an evaluation of publically available information in scientific journals, patents and databases. You will be exposed to target evaluation across a broad range of disease areas including oncology and inflammation and will be expected to regularly present your findings in both written reports and slide presentations. This is an exciting opportunity to be trained in how to conduct target reviews in the pharmaceutical industry and select the best targets for drug development, key skills sought after in today’s competitive life-sciences workplace.

Closing date to apply to  charles.blundell@c4xdiscovery.com is 12th August 2016.

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