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Adults at risk from heavy drinking bought much more in lockdowns

New study reveals those already at risk of harm from heavy drinking bought significantly more alcohol during Covid-19 lockdowns.

Dementia protein changes found in childhood disease

In a world-first, researchers at Newcastle University have identified dementia protein changes in a terminal childhood disease.

First melanoma test to offer reassurance of low risk of cancer spread

A pioneering test which reliably predicts the spread or return of the most deadly form of skin cancer has been developed by a team of Newcastle scientists and clinicians.

New report shows almost £30bn health cost of England’s most deprived

People in England’s most deprived neighbourhoods work longer hours but live shorter lives with more years in ill health costing an estimated £29.8bn a year to the economy in lost productivity.

Breakthrough into the cause of male infertility

Scientists at Newcastle University have identified a new genetic mechanism that can cause severe forms of male infertility.

New Years Honours for University colleagues

University colleagues have been recognised in the Queen's New Year's Honours.

Reduction in psychiatric beds associated with rise in prison numbers

A 90% decrease in the number of NHS psychiatric beds is linked to a trebling of the total prison population, new research has revealed.

Prestigious award for early career researcher

An early career medical researcher has been awarded the prestigious 2022 Fleming Prize for his outstanding work in his field.

Experts call on government to put health at centre of levelling up

Public health experts at Newcastle University are urging government to put health at the centre of its levelling up agenda.

Study could lead to advancements in rare disease treatment

A new study has solved the old enigma in mitochondrial DNA disorders and advances the prospect of enhanced treatments for patients.

Nose cells could be key target in fight against severe Covid-19

Scientists have shed new light on early events in the battle between Covid-19 and the immune system in the nose, a key entry point for the virus.

Post-pandemic widening of inequalities for children in the North

A major new report paints a stark picture of widening inequalities for children in the North of England which cost billions, increases poverty and costs children’s lives.

THE Awards

The University has won Outstanding Estates Team and Outstanding Technician of the Year at Times Higher Education Awards 2021.

Urine test can detect cancers in Lynch Syndrome patients

Researchers have shown for the first time it is possible to detect signs of urothelial cancer using a simple urine test in Lynch Syndrome patients who are at high risk of developing tumours.

Light shed on role of fats and proteins in Lewy Body dementia

Increased levels of certain fats and proteins found in one of the most common forms of dementia, Lewy body dementia, could help with diagnosis and test for the effectiveness of treatments.

Whole genome sequencing improves diagnosis of rare diseases

A world-first scientific study has shown that whole genome sequencing can uncover new diagnoses for people across a variety of rare diseases and may deliver enormous benefits to the NHS.

Study identifies genetic risk factors for leukaemia

Researchers have discovered that there is a genetic susceptibility to developing acute myeloid leukaemia, a cancer of the white blood cells.

Estimated pulse wave velocity predicts severe Covid

Assessing the stiffness of the arteries could help identify patients most at risk of dying from Covid-19, new research has revealed.

How blood and immune systems form in developing bone marrow

Researchers have found that in the space of just a few weeks, numerous blood and immune cell types emerge from developing bone marrow, including key white blood cells that protect against bacteria.

Scientists targeting high-grade childhood brain tumour

New research led by experts at Newcastle University is targeting high-grade childhood brain tumour.

World’s largest ever randomised controlled trial in organ donation

The world’s biggest donor intervention study has been launched in the UK to look at improving the quality of donated organs.

School for Public Health Research awarded £25 Million from NIHR

Research into children, families, public mental health and places and communities has been boosted with £25 milllion for the NIHR School for Public Health Research.

Development study reveals origins of inflammatory bowel disease

Many diseases have their origin in early human development, and today, two publications in Nature reveal how researchers from the Human Cell Atlas consortium are advancing understanding of this.

North inequalities cost UK economy £7.3bn in pandemic

Northerners were more likely to die from Covid, spent nearly six weeks more in lockdowns, suffered worse mental health and were made poorer than the rest of England in the first year of the pandemic.

Type 2 diabetes - remission defined across the world

The definition of remission from type 2 diabetes has been re-written for medics in America, Europe and Britain thanks in part to the work of Newcastle University’s Professor Roy Taylor.

Comment: Covid: long-lasting symptoms rarer in children than in adults

Writing for The Conversation, Dr Sunil Bhopal discusses new research looking at the effects of Covid-19 in children.

Scientists identify new rare brain disorder of young patient

Little Addison Black has had a difficult start to life as she has battled a rare condition that only affects a handful of youngsters worldwide.

Experts call for focus in funding long Covid research

Funding bodies and governments are being told to focus research in key areas of airways diseases to help patients with long Covid.

Dendrimers: The tiny tentacles shown to evade our immune response

Tiny synthetic particles known as dendrimers avoid detection by our immune system and could help develop a new way to deliver drugs into the body without triggering a reaction.

Newcastle students to study across the globe as part of Turing Scheme

Newcastle University has received £1.45M funding to support students to study and work abroad as part of the government’s new Turing Scheme.


The Antony Gormley sculpture CLASP, is to be removed temporarily from Newcastle University’s campus for maintenance work and for the application of a protective surface coating.

New Years Honours for University colleagues

University colleagues have been recognised in the Queen's New Year's Honours.

Cup of tea brightens the day and the mind

If you’re enjoying a cup of tea and mince pie this festive season, you may be refreshing more than your palate, as research shows a good brew improves the attention span in those over 85-years-old.

Virtual Nuffield research placements

Segen Tecle, an A-level student, describes her experience as a Nuffield foundation research placement student in 2020.

Children with cystic fibrosis suffer mild illness from Covid-19

Children with cystic fibrosis who do not have pre-existing severe lung damage have mild or asymptomatic illness when infected with Covid-19, a new study has revealed.

North hit harder by both Covid-19 and Spanish flu pandemic

Northern England, which was worst hit by the first wave of coronavirus, also suffered more than the South during the Spanish flu outbreak more than 100 years ago, according to new research.

Prestigious position for Head of Pharmacy

Head of the School of Pharmacy has been appointed the chair of a national society to lead its Education and Standards Committee.

Diagnostic hope for NAFLD

Two proteins have been identified which have great potential as a new blood test for the severity of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Research will look at impact of Covid-19 on where we live

Researchers from the North East selected to take part in a programme on understanding the impact of COVID-19 on service change and health inequalities.

Newcastle experts join climate change panel

Two Newcastle University experts have been appointed to advise on efforts to tackle climate change in the North East.

‘First of its kind’ clinical trial to help lung cancer patients

A group of scientists have been awarded £900,000 from Cancer Research UK to launch a groundbreaking clinical trial for people with lung cancer.

Exploring pharmacists’ role in spotting early signs of oral cancer

Region-wide study unveiled during Mouth Cancer Action Month

Breakthrough in childhood brain cancer will save lives

A scientific breakthrough has enabled experts to predict relapse in a common childhood cancer and means doctors can tailor treatment for each individual child and improve prognosis.

Newcastle recognised as global climate leader

Newcastle has been named a global 'climate leader' for its efforts to become carbon neutral by 2030.

SIGNET - a breakthrough study in organ donor research and management

Professor John Dark explains more about SIGNET - Statins for Improving orGan outcomE in Transplantation - a new £1.3m NIHR funded trial.

COVID-19 report reveals major hit to the North’s health and economy

The North has been hit harder than the rest of the country during Covid-19 and this has increased inequality in England, a new study involving Newcastle University has revealed.

Prestigious prize for study into liver cancer diagnosis and treatment

Leading academics at Newcastle University have won a prestigious 2020 Newton Prize for their international study into liver cancer.

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.

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.

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.