Institute of Neuroscience

Biomarker Assay Service

The Biomarkers Laboratory @ Newcastle University

An established in-house facility offering a bespoke service to enhance your research

The Biomarkers Facility based at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality is regularly involved in clinical and academic research. It offers a wide variety of advice, technical support and biomarker assessment that can expand your research and enhance your project. The capability is beyond that generally offered by hospital, clinical or biochemistry laboratories. Services are tailored to each individual project, please contact the facility to discuss the specifics of your project and how we can work with you.

Biomarkers are used to indicate or quantify a normal or pathogenic biological process. The laboratory was established to translate biologically relevant markers in the field of Ageing and Age-related disease research. Its expertise has now grown and can be applied to a wide range of clinical research areas and academic areas including non-human samples. 

The facility is capable of processing large numbers of samples on a regular basis for instance to fit the needs of clinical research projects with constant recruitment of participants and samples. Its research portfolio includes MRC and BBSRC funded projects such as the Newcastle 85+ study, Newcastle Thousand Families and HALCyon. The facility has collaborated with other national and international Universities (Boston, USA; Leiden, Netherlands; Keio University, Tokyo, Japan; InChianti Study, Parma University, Italy) and with industrial partners (Unilever, Procter and Gamble).

The facility is able to undertake all stages of the process such as:

  • Costings and grant applications
  • Sample handling, collection, labelling and tracking
  • Development and validation of novel assays or enhancement of existing assays
  • Processing a variety of biological material both human and other species
  • Translation of markers between research areas and species
  • Coordination with clinical teams or other study teams
  • Preparing manuscripts for publication.

The following examples illustrate the abilities and breath of our work. Due to the uniqueness of each project we advise you to contact us directly to discuss how we can support your research.

To discuss your project please contact: Dr Carmen Martin-Ruiz, Biomarkers Lab Manager. 
Email: Carmen.Martin-Ruiz@ncl.ac.uk 
Tel: +44 (0) 191 208 1107

Click on the case studies below to see some of the studies we have worked on. If you would like an in depth description of our available services see our blog.  

People in the biomarkers lab