Centre for In Vivo Imaging

Staff Profiles

Professor Julia Newton

Medical Director - Academic Health Science Network - North East & North Cumbria



My research programme focuses upon the integrity of the autonomic nervous system in health and disease, specifically the role of autonomic dysfunction in the pathogenesis of fatigue and its clinical consequences, namely cognitive impairment.


March 2008 to July 2014: Clinical Professor of Ageing and Medicine, Institute for Ageing and Health, Newcastle University; and Honorary Consultant Physician, Royal Victoria Infirmary.

August 2014 onwards: Clinical Professor of Ageing and Medicine, Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University; and Honorary Consultant Physician, Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Current Roles and Responsibilities

Medical Director, Academic Health Science Network: North East and North Cumbria


MB BS with Honours: June 1990
Diploma of Medical Science: July 1995
PhD: July 1998
CCST Geriatric Medicine and General Internal Medicine: April 2000
FRCP(UK): January 2003


Full member of the British Geriatric Society
Full member of the Association of Physicians for GB and Ireland and Executive Member
Member of the Association of Physicians of Region No 1
Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians

Honours and Awards

Sunderland Prize 1989 for communication skills.
British Geriatric Society Elizabeth Brown prize 1997 for the best scientific presentation.
Prize for the best scientific paper at the First International Meeting of Upper Gastrointestinal Disease in the Elderly, Vicenza, Italy, 1998.
Winner of Best Scientific Presentation at School Research Day 1999.
Best Poster Prize, British Geriatrics Society Meeting 2002.
European Association for the Study of the Liver, Travel Fellowship, 2002.

Vice Chancellors Distinguished Teacher 2010

Newcastle University Innovation Award 2010 

Newcastle University Learning and teaching Excellence Awards - Research Supervisor of the Year 2012

NHS Innovations NE Bright Ideas in Health Award - Winner, Service Improvement 2015

Gresham College Invited Lecture - Standing up for Fatigue 2015



Research Interests

Autonomic function in health and disease, particularly in understanding the pathogenesis of fatigue.




Lead Educator for the Future Learn MOOC - Ageing Well; Falls