Institute of Cellular Medicine

Staff Profile

Emeritus Professor Oliver James

Emeritus Professor


Roles and Responsibilities

University:Honorary Degrees Committee
Faculty: Faculty Policy and Resources Committee, Structure Committee
Clinical: Consultant Physician Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust
Deputy Director Institute for Ageing and Health
Trustee: Help the Aged, Sir James Knott Trust


BA Physiology 1964; MA, BM, BCh 1967;MRCP 1970; FRCP 1981; F.Acad.Med.Sci 1998

Previous Positions

Senior Vice-President Royal College of Physicians 1997-99
Head of Geriatric Medicine, University of Newcastle 1985-94


British Geriatrics Society
British Society of Gastroenterology
British Association for the Study of the Liver (President 1992-94)
European Association for the Study of the Liver
American Association for the Study of Liver Disease
Internation Association for the Study of the Liver
Association of Physicians
Association of Clinical Professors of Medicine
Academy of Medical Sciences


Research Interests

Primary Biliary Cirrhosis: natural history and epidemiology, risk/pathogenic factors, quality of life
Liver Disease: susceptibility/clinical course of alcoholic and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis, genetics of liver disease

Other Expertise

Stroke, pharmacokinetics in the elderly, digestive disease in the elderly

Future Research

Primary Biliary Cirrhosis: continue geographic and genetic studies, quality of life studies and carry out a "patient centred" control trial of treatment
Study of over 85 year olds in Newcastle
Alcohol and the elderly


Wellcome Trust Training Fellowship £136,920 (with Human Genetics)
MRC Research Career Award £126,000
NHS R&D Research Training Fellowing £83,000 (with Prof C Day)
National Lottery £138,000 (with Prof A Jacoby and Dr D Jones)