Faculty of Medical Sciences

NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre

NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre in Ageing & Chronic Disease

Improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases that affect the older person.

Funded by the National Institute for Health Research, our Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre is delivering a programme of research in order to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of major common diseases affecting the older population.

Newcastle University and The Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are working in partnership to translate scientific advances into direct benefits for patients. We aim to develop ‘personalised medicine’ for the older patient, where the needs and aspirations of the individual direct the provision of healthcare.

Ageing is the single most important factor underpinning the major diseases that affect older people and as we live longer, the burden of age-related diseases continues to increase. We are firmly rooted in the North East of England, its culture and people. With experienced clinicians and leading scientists in world-class facilities we are now in a position to address the complex healthcare needs of the older person based on an advanced understanding of the ageing process.

Our research is at the forefront of Newcastle’s huge basic and clinical research effort to turn advances in areas like genomics and fibrosis into benefit for patients with a range of common age-related diseases including dementia, stroke, diabetes, liver disease and rheumatoid arthritis. We will develop new tests for allowing the early diagnosis of age-related diseases and monitor the effects of new treatments in each of the disease areas.

Our Biomedical Research Centre and Biomedical Research Unit are a significant part of the national infrastructure provided by the Department of Health through the NIHR to support leading edge research focussed on the needs of the patient.

Find out more on the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre website.