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Faculty of Medical Sciences

Faculty of Medical Sciences

We're home to a world-leading collaboration of researchers, doctors and teaching professionals.

We excel in tackling challenges in health and healthcare. We're at the forefront of the translational medicine revolution. 

We turn scientific advances into direct benefits for patients. We enjoy strong partnerships with local NHS Trusts.

Our work has led to major advances in patient healthcare regionally, nationally and internationally.

World-class, research-led teaching

We have a long-standing reputation for being one of the best places to study medicine, dentistry and health sciences.

We rank highly across both international and national league tables.

Our vision is to use our strengths in research and teaching to improve the health of the population.

Professor David Burn, Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Medical Sciences

Latest from Newcastle

Thousands to benefit from Newcastle diabetes research

Thousands of people can now access NHS soup and shake weight-loss plans to tackle type 2 diabetes, based on research by Newcastle University.

Published on: 01 September 2020

Understanding the link between hearing loss and dementia

Scientists have developed a new theory as to how hearing loss may cause dementia and believe that tackling this sensory impairment early may help to prevent the disease.

Published on: 01 September 2020

Helping older people stay in their homes for longer

A project to help older people retain independence and stay connected with their families has received support from UK Research and Innovation’s industrial strategy challenge fund for healthy ageing.

Published on: 28 August 2020

National effort by immunologists to search for answers on COVID-19

Experts at Newcastle University are part of a national consortium to answer questions on how COVID-19 affects the body’s immune system to help develop better diagnostics, treatments and vaccines.

Published on: 28 August 2020

Good animal welfare helps lab mice overcome bad things in life

Research has revealed that anxious and depressed laboratory mice are more disappointed when something bad happens, but their low mood has no effect on how elated they are when something good happens.

Published on: 26 August 2020

Top academics shortlisted for prestigious Newton Prize

Leading academics at Newcastle University have been shortlisted for the 2020 Newton Prize for their international study into liver cancer.

Published on: 17 August 2020

Tackling obesity in young people

A new project will investigate the effectiveness of weight management interventions in young people aged 11-18.

Published on: 14 August 2020

Novel organ preservation device to reduce transplant waiting list

A novel system that preserves the condition of donor organs for longer, is easy to transport and affordable, has been developed by Newcastle University and Newcastle Hospital Trust spin-out, ScubaTx™.

Published on: 12 August 2020

Enzyme discovered in the gut could lead to new disease biomarker

Enzymes used by bacteria to break down mucus in the gut could provide a useful biomarker for intestinal diseases, according to new research.

Published on: 11 August 2020

How are teenagers coping with 'lockdown life'?

Researchers want to speak to 13-17 year olds from the North East about their experiences of ‘lockdown life’, as part of a study into how young people have been affected by COVID-19.

Published on: 10 August 2020

Leading scientist receives prestigious award

A world-leading medical scientist has been recognised for his pioneering work into the understanding of mitochondrial disease.

Published on: 04 August 2020

Mercury Prize nomination for Newcastle University colleagues

Hazel Wilde and Bob Allan’s band Lanterns on the Lake has been shortlisted for one of the music industry’s top awards for their album Spook the Herd.

Published on: 27 July 2020

Levothyroxine doesn't improve cardiac function after heart attack

Research reveals that treatment of heart attack patients for a common condition, underactive thyroid, with levothyroxine does not improve heart muscle function, so is unlikely to be of benefit.

Published on: 21 July 2020

New hope for kidney revival for transplant

New research has demonstrated that kidneys can be revived prior to transplantation by delivering a cell therapy directly to the organ.

Published on: 14 July 2020

New website to check if the city centre is busy

A new website has been launched to help people feel safer when they come into the city centre.

Published on: 13 July 2020

COVID-19 safety packs for Newcastle University staff and students

Staff and students at Newcastle University are to receive safety packs to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in the University and local communities.

Published on: 10 July 2020

Newcastle University rises in international ranking

Newcastle University has improved its position as one of the world’s top universities, according to an influential guide.

Published on: 10 July 2020

Covid and Me: Take part to help the NHS find the solution

A series of dramatic monologues are encouraging people from all walks of life to help bring the Covid-19 pandemic under control by taking part in medical research.

Published on: 10 July 2020

New analysis shows that COVID-19 continues to hit North hard

New analysis shows a larger increase in COVID-19 deaths, and from all causes, in the North compared to the South and indicates the efficacy of lockdown has differed across the UK.

Published on: 03 July 2020

New study explores how long can people stay healthy and be in work

People aged 50 in England can expect to be healthy and in work for nine more years, Newcastle University experts estimate in a new study.

Published on: 01 July 2020

Helping firms tap into skills learned from caring for older relatives

The UK’s National Innovation Centre for Ageing (NICA) has partnered with a global EdTech company to launch a new digital training program for employers.

Published on: 01 July 2020

Lifting weights makes your nervous system stronger too

Gym-goers may get frustrated when they don’t see results from weightlifting right away, but their efforts are not in vain: the first few weeks of training strengthen the nervous system, not muscles.

Published on: 30 June 2020

Concern over Covid-19 track, test and trace

Experts are concerned about the UK government’s “ad hoc system” for covid-19 tracking, testing, and contact tracing.

Published on: 26 June 2020

First nationwide study of the neurological complications of COVID-19

While stroke was the most common neurological complication in hospitalised COVID-19 patients, many younger patients developed an altered mental state, new research has revealed.

Published on: 25 June 2020

How the North East is leading a mobile revolution in volunteering

Older adults in Newcastle are set to benefit from an innovative volunteering app being piloted in the region with the help of Newcastle University.

Published on: 24 June 2020

Prestigious fellowship for North East paramedic

A paramedic has been awarded a rare post-doctoral fellowship at Newcastle University to continue his research into improving outcomes for stroke patients.

Published on: 23 June 2020

Urine test reveals quality of your diet

Scientists have completed large-scale tests on a new type of five-minute urine test that measures the health of your diet and produces a unique urine ‘fingerprint’.

Published on: 23 June 2020

"Employer with heart" - Support for parents of premature babies

Newcastle is the first University to sign up to the 'Employer with Heart' Charter, committing to provide extra support and extended leave for parents of premature babies.

Published on: 19 June 2020

New director for the national Innovation Observatory, NIHRIO

The national centre which helps accelerate access to new medicines, devices and diagnostics and services to patients has a new director, Professor Dawn Craig.

Published on: 19 June 2020

Challenging time for urgent dental care services

Research revealed that setting up urgent dental care services at the start of COVID-19 was challenging as dentists shut their practices overnight, leaving some travelling over 100 miles for treatment.

Published on: 12 June 2020

An aspirin a day keeps the bowel doctor away

A regular dose of aspirin to reduce the risk of inherited bowel cancer lasts at least 10 years after stopping treatment, research has revealed.

Published on: 12 June 2020

Newcastle fertility expert shortlisted for national award

A leading fertility specialist has been named a finalist in this year’s Asian Women of Achievements Awards.

Published on: 02 June 2020

Bacteria show their metal: An evolutionary path to survival

An investigation of two closely related proteins from a pathogenic bacterium has illustrated for the first time how evolution can shape the use of essential metals by enzymes.

Published on: 01 June 2020

Support for research into pressures faced by community pharmacists

A student is researching into the pressures faced by community and independent pharmacists, including the impact of COVID-19.

Published on: 29 May 2020

Funding boost for new cancer trials design team

A leading charity is funding a new team based at Newcastle University, and working closely with NHS Trusts across the North East, to develop cancer research projects.

Published on: 28 May 2020

Loss of smell and taste added to COVID-19 symptoms

Loss of smell and taste has officially been recognised in the UK as a symptom of COVID-19, putting us in line with Europe, America and the World Health Organisation.

Published on: 18 May 2020

Leading biomedical and health scientists elected to esteemed Academy

The Academy of Medical Sciences has elected prominent Newcastle University biomedical and health scientists to their Fellowship, it has been announced today.

Published on: 13 May 2020

Newcastle experts join global study into COVID-19 loss of smell

People who have recently experienced loss of smell are being urged to participate in a survey as a new global research group investigates the symptom as a marker of COVID-19.

Published on: 07 May 2020

The John Isaacs PhD scholarship announced

The charity, Versus Arthritis has announced a new package of support with the John Isaacs PhD Scholarship which is awarded for their highest scoring PhD application.

Published on: 07 May 2020

Newcastle researchers 1,000 mile at home challenge to fight cancer

Cancer research scientists in Newcastle are joining forces to carry on the fight against the disease as part of the Race for Life at Home challenge.

Published on: 05 May 2020

New £3.4m health data initiative to address health challenges

A new £3.4m health data initiative involving Newcastle University will help to address some of the most challenging issues facing patients and the NHS.

Published on: 29 April 2020

Key nose cells identified as likely COVID-19 entry points

Two specific cell types in the nose have been identified as likely initial infection points for COVID-19, new research has revealed.

Published on: 23 April 2020

COVID-19 screening of healthcare workers offers reassurance

Timely research from Newcastle Hospitals and University has shown that the rate of infection among NHS staff treating patients is no higher than for those in non-clinical roles.

Published on: 22 April 2020

New centre is key to addressing health and social inequalities

A visionary new centre is focused on addressing the health inequalities and medical needs of people in the North East and North Cumbria.

Published on: 20 April 2020

Origins of language pathway in the brain at least 25 million years old

Scientists have discovered an earlier origin to the human language pathway in the brain, pushing back its evolutionary origin by at least 20 million years.

Published on: 20 April 2020

Innovation Centre turned into Nightingale Hospital

A building which was to house a centre led by Newcastle University is being repurposed into the new NHS Nightingale Hospital of the North East.

Published on: 17 April 2020

Insights public lectures now available online for all

Newcastle University is revisiting its extensive archive of free public lectures and sharing some of the highlights of the last nine years.

Published on: 16 April 2020

Medical graduates given heart-warming messages of support

Messages of support have flooded in to congratulate Newcastle University medical students who have graduated early to start work on the frontline during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published on: 14 April 2020

Virtual graduation to mark momentous day for medical students

For the first time, hundreds of medical students at Newcastle University will graduate virtually as they embark on their careers helping patients during the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic.

Published on: 03 April 2020

Congratulations to graduating medical students

We are rightly proud of the contribution our final year MBBS students are making to the NHS at this critical time.

Published on: 31 March 2020

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