Cardiovascular Research Centre



Partners in research.

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Our goal is to improve the health of our local population and patients as well as those around the world.

We welcome representatives of local patients' support groups and charities to the centre.

We value their support as participants in clinical studies and partners in the design of those studies.

Involvement in research

Patients, Carers and the public can get involved and help us carry out research

 Newcastle Cardiovascular Trials and Research (NECTAR)

NECTAR was established in 2010 with the goal of promoting and carrying out adult clinical cardiovascular research.

As well as carrying out cardiovascular research studies in the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NECTAR is also the organisation that coordinates patient and carer involvement in cardiovasular research

Call +44 (0)191 2448939 or +44 (0)191 2138272 or or email to find out how you can help.

Learn more by visiting Nectar's website.


The Young Persons Advisory Group - North England (YPAG-NE)

The Young Persons Advisory Group provides young people aged 11 to 17 years with the opportunity to be involved in design and delivery of clinical and public health research. The new cardiovascular group is helping to design research studies into congenital heart disease.

If you want to join or are a researcher wanting help contact us

Ask us if you are looking for a group

If you are a researcher looking for a patient group to involve in your research or a member of the public wanting to find a charity or support group, contact us and we will try and pass you to the right team.

Support Groups

Locally based support groups for cardiovascular issues

North East England Cardiomyopathy Support Group

We are the local support group for patients with all types of cardiomyopathy in the North East and are part of the national charity Cardiomyopathy UK.

We aim to be a friendly, welcoming group and a source of support and information to patients with their families from across our region.

We meet regularly at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle. To find out more contact us through the CVRC.


Marfan Association UK: "Support for today with tomorrow in mind"

We are a UK registered charity for individuals and their families affected by the connective tissue disorder Marfan Syndrome.

Pat is our North-East representative. Contact Pat or the Marfan Association UK main office (Tel: 01252 810472) for more details.  



Cardiovascular charities raising money and funding research in the North East

Children's Heart Unit Fund (CHUF)

CHUF’s mission is to make life better for children and young people who are born with or develop heart conditions. 

We support children and families who receive treatment by the Children’s Heart Unit based at Freeman Hospital

We also support the many hospitals providing care for cardiac patients throughout the North of England. We raise funds for facilities and equiptment, specialist support staff and resarch.

We also provide services that help children with heart conditions develop their skills and mature as any healthy child would.

Contact us for more details.