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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

Call for money spent on test and trace to be given to local services

A group of doctors is calling on the government to divert the hundreds of millions of pounds being spent on the failing COVID-19 national test and trace scheme into local health services.

Published on: 28 October 2020

Crowd-sourcing optogenetics data to tackle neurological diseases

Around the world, some 50 million people have epilepsy. It’s one of the most common neurological diseases globally, characterised by recurrent seizures in part or all of the body.

Published on: 21 October 2020

Future Leaders Fellowships for Newcastle University academics

Innovative new ways of researching epilepsy and eye disorders will be led by Newcastle University’s two new Future Leaders Fellows.

Published on: 15 October 2020

Medical students staying safe

Medical students know all too well the importance of staying safe during the pandemic and those in the later years have been working safely on clinical placements for weeks.

Published on: 14 October 2020

New scholarship announced to support Black British students

Newcastle University is one of the first universities to sign up to offering a new scholarship for disadvantaged Black British students.

Published on: 07 October 2020

Operation Oak extended to cover every night of the week

Newcastle and Northumbria Universities are working with Northumbria Police to increase the number of high visibility patrols in residential areas with high student density.

Published on: 17 September 2020

Influencing health and tackling inequalities

Funding has been given to pilot a new national scheme that will enable Local Authorities to rapidly evaluate work, aiming to improve health and tackle inequalities in their areas.

Published on: 11 September 2020

Reducing self-harm and suicide in autistic adults

Researchers are inviting partner organisations and charities to work with them to help shape and progress a study to develop new ways of reducing self-harm and suicide in autistic adults.

Published on: 11 September 2020

Diagnosis of neurological diseases to benefit from AI

Cutting edge Artificial Intelligence technology for diagnosing neurological disease such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s from eye scans will be tested and scaled in the NHS.

Published on: 10 September 2020

Newcastle University excels in a leading guide of global universities

Newcastle University has been ranked among the world’s top universities by an influential Higher Education guide.

Published on: 02 September 2020

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

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