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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

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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’.

"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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Integrating cancer imaging biomarker clinical research across the UK

Medical experts from Newcastle University are joining world-leading imaging centres across the UK to form standardising and validating cancer imaging biomarkers for clinical use.

COVID-19 Outbreak Parliamentary Expert Database

We are urging academics with relevant research expertise to sign up for a COVID-19 Outbreak Expert Database.

Students giving a helping hand to NHS staff at time of need

Medical students at Newcastle University are giving NHS staff a helping hand during the challenging times of the coronavirus outbreak.

New Director of Newcastle’s Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research

We are delighted to announce that Professor Gráinne Gorman will take over as the new Director of the Wellcome Centre for Mitochondrial Research (WCMR) at Newcastle University.

New project aims to improve effectiveness of therapies for patients

A new €42 million digital health project, led by Newcastle University, will focus on research into a variety of neurodegenerative and inflammatory diseases.

New honour for leading professor

A Newcastle University academic has been recognised as one of the nation’s outstanding leaders in the field of research.

Simple blood test could help reduce heart disease deaths

Scientists at Newcastle University have revealed how a simple blood test could be used to help identify cardiovascular ageing and the risk of heart disease.

Opening doors for new cancer immunotherapies

A first cell atlas of the human thymus gland could lead to new immune therapies to treat cancer and autoimmune diseases, new research has revealed.

Vision for primate neuroimaging to accelerate scientific breakthroughs

Scientists studying the primate brain have released a blueprint for developing more complete “wiring diagrams” of how the brain works that may ultimately improve understanding of brain disorders.

Blood test could help predict progression of Parkinson’s disease

Inflammatory and senescence biomarkers could predict motor progression and dementia in newly diagnosed Parkinson’s disease patients, a new study has revealed.

Computer simulation for understanding brain cancer growth

The growth of brain cancers can be better understood with the help of a new computer simulation by international scientists co-ordinated by Newcastle University.

New insight into brain function

Patterns of brain connectivity take us a step closer to understanding the key principles of cognition.

New light shed on damaging impact of infrared and visible rays on skin

The damage visible and infrared light can do to our skin has been revealed for the first time in new research by scientists at Newcastle University.

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