Institute of Cellular Medicine

Staff Profile

Professor Julia Newton

Medical Director - Academic Health Science Network - North East & North Cumbria; Deputy Medical Director - Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; Clinical Professor of Ageing & Medicine



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. Examining the integrity of the ANS in humans is established in my physiology laboratory using relatively simple, inexpensive, non-invasive technologies that allow evaluation of a wide range of parameters that will within the foreseeable future (i.e. in my career life time) be readily transferable into therapeutic interventions for patients. Developing and validating novel methodologies to determine subtle abnormalities in autonomic dysfunction and its consequences is the major aim of my research.


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

Director - Newcastle Academic Health Partners

Deputy Medical Director - Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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

Programme lead for Academic Clinical Fellowship Programme (Geriatric Medicine)

Academic Foundation Programme Mentor

Chair and founding member of the Fatigue Interest group

Director of the Newcastle Fatigue Research Group

Member of the UK CFS Research Collaborative Board 


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

Previous Positions

March 2006 to March 2008: Senior Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Physician

January 2000 to March 2006: Consultant Geriatrician, Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle and Honorary Senior Lecturer in General and Geriatric Medicine, University of Newcastle

August 1998 to January 2000: Specialist Registrar in Geriatric and General Internal Medicine, Northern Deanery

August 1995 to August 1998: Clinical Research Associate, Department of Physiological Sciences, University of Newcastle


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.




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