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Monitoring power use and AI could help older adults live independently

NICA has partnered with Informetis on disruptive AI-enabled technology which helps older adults stay living at home by using the data from their electricity usage.

Key collaboration dedicated to cancer drugs discovery

Newcastle University has extended its drug discovery alliance with CRUK and Astex Pharmaceuticals to continue its focus on the discovery and development of new cancer drugs.

New Trustee Chair of Association for the Study of Obesity

Congratulations to Dr Nicola Heslehurst who has been appointed as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the UK Association for the Study of Obesity (ASO).

Newcastle University recognised for its work to advance race equality

Newcastle University has been awarded a Race Equality Charter Bronze Award by Advance HE in recognition of its work towards tackling race inequality in higher education.

PHIRST for golden opportunities to create public health evidence

An innovative scheme is enabling local government to work with the UK’s leading public health researchers to rapidly evaluate initiatives that aim to improve health in their communities.

Gastroenterology and hepatology research ranked as top ten

The US News Best Global Universities listing has placed Gastroenterology & Hepatology research at Newcastle University as top 10 in its 2022-23 rankings.

More Covid-19 deaths globally in areas of high deprivation

Mortality rates of Covid-19 across the globe were higher in areas of socioeconomic disadvantage, new research has revealed.

How “chameleon cancers” can change their colours to survive treatment

An international team of scientists has uncovered one of the mechanisms explaining how some leukaemias evade treatment by changing their appearance and identity.

First patient of gene therapy trial for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

A boy has been treated in a gene therapy clinical trial for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) by experts at Newcastle University.

Lights inside the skull shown to modify brain waves

Researchers have developed a system which uses light stimulation to modulate brain waves.

Major government funding boost to enhance patient care

People in the North East will benefit from new treatments and improved delivery of health and care services following a £28.4m boost for medical research and a focus on patient safety challenges.

Newcastle continues to climb in global rankings

Newcastle University has moved up in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the third consecutive year and is now positioned 139th globally.

Differences in pregnancy outcomes ‘unfair’

Experts are highlighting unfair differences in pregnancy outcomes and the critical role that maternity services can play in identifying and adapting approaches for those parents in higher risk groups.

Scientists secure funding to study how technology can improve epilepsy

A new study will use revolutionary seizure tracking technology to monitor and potentially predict patterns in epileptic seizures using brain activity data in those with drug-resistant epilepsy.

Experts urge government to keep focus on levelling-up health

Experts are calling on the government to continue focusing on ‘levelling-up’ health, arguing that reducing the health gap is too important an agenda to abandon.

Stimulation to visual cortex could reduce hallucinations in blind

Using a non-invasive stimulation on the brain may be effective in reducing the frequency of visual hallucinations in blind patients, a new study has found.

Food for our guts: human microbes feed on plant sugars

A carbohydrate commonly found attached to plant proteins is a food source for the bacteria in our gut, new research suggests.

New genetic tests set to advance orthopaedic care

A range of ground-breaking genetic tests that could help predict whether joint replacements succeed or fail have been launched following years of research.

New season of public lectures and concerts unveiled

Newcastle University’s popular series of INSIGHTS Public Lectures and Live Music Concerts in the King’s Hall performances are set to resume with in person events back on campus this autumn.

National recognition for our business and community links

Newcastle University has performed strongly in the national exercise that measures how we share our knowledge and expertise with business, charities and community organisations.

Probiotic prescriptions for premature babies to reduce disease risk

Premature babies in neonatal units could be given personalised prescriptions of bacteria directly into their stomachs to improve health and reduce disease risk, new research has revealed.

People with dementia could be missing out on post-diagnosis care

A new report has found that as many as 85 percent of people with dementia could be missing out on important post-diagnosis care.

Ancient process revealed that makes cells resistant to toxic chemicals

Scientists have been awarded significant new funding to try to unravel the mysterious function of a protein that appears to be able to restore damaged cells.

A lifetime of service and duty

Dr Martin Farr reflects on the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

New partnership to support research and education in Ukraine

Newcastle University has formalised a twinning partnership with the National University of Water and Environmental Engineering (NUWEE), in Ukraine.

Scientists develop swab test to identify premature skin ageing

Experts at Newcastle University have developed a personalised non-invasive test that can reveal if somebody’s skin is at risk of ageing prematurely.

Newcastle shortlisted for University of the Year

Newcastle University has been shortlisted for the prestigious Times Higher Education University of the Year award in recognition of its commitment to Environmental and Social Justice.

Leading scientist awarded a prestigious medal by the Royal Society

Newcastle University’s Professor Martin Embley FMedSci FRS has received the Royal Society’s Darwin Medal 2022.

Scientists step closer to low toxicity treatment for childhood cancer

Newly published research carried out using synthetic human bone marrow cells is paving the way for the development of safer and kinder treatments for children with leukaemia.

Novel epigenetic mechanism for oncogene activation identified

New research describes how genetic changes contribute to the development of blood cancers.

First trial to prove a diet supplement can prevent hereditary cancer

A trial in people with high hereditary risk of a wide range of cancers has shown a major preventive effect from resistant starch, found in a range of foods such as oats and slightly green bananas.

Leading museum professional honoured by Newcastle University

American educator and historian, Lonnie G. Bunch III, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, has been awarded an honorary Doctorate in Civil Law (DCL) by Newcastle University.

£2bn cost of mental ill health in the North of England

A report shows that a parallel pandemic of mental ill health has hit the North of England with a £2bn cost to the country at the same time as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Minimum unit alcohol pricing may not curb drinking in most at risk

The introduction of minimum unit pricing (MUP) for alcohol may not be curbing drinking in the heaviest and most vulnerable drinkers in Scotland, research suggests.

New President Elect of the British Society of Gastroenterology

Professor Colin Rees has been appointed as the new President Elect of the British Society of Gastroenterology (BSG).

University Chancellor inaugurated and leading figures honoured

Renowned poet and filmmaker Imtiaz Dharker has been formally installed as Chancellor of Newcastle University.

Funding boost to better connect research to North East communities

A new project led by Newcastle University has received significant funding to maximise opportunities for connecting academic research to the needs of local communities.

Study aims to discover improved treatment for lung transplant patients

Newcastle experts are leading a UK-wide clinical trial that could offer new hope to lung transplant patients.

Prestigious award to fund research into skin cancer treatment

Researcher, Dr Shoba Amarnath, has received the prestigious Lister Institute Research Prize Fellowship in recognition of her excellence as an early-career biomedical scientist.

Up to £1M in additional support for those seeking sanctuary

Newcastle University is increasing its support for students and colleagues escaping war or at risk of persecution.

Mechanism of expanding bacteria revealed

A new study published in Nature has identified a potential Achilles heel in the protective layers surrounding Gram-negative bacteria that could aid in the development of next-generation antibiotics.

£1 million to tackle antimicrobial resistance

More than £1 million has been awarded to a Newcastle University researcher to study how bacteria change form to protect against antibiotics.

Newcastle University celebrates its highest global ranking

Newcastle has achieved its highest ever position, ranking 122nd in the QS World University Rankings 2023.

Queen's Jubilee Honours for University colleagues

Leading cancer researcher Professor Ruth Plummer has been recognised in the Queen's Jubilee Honours, alongside Visiting Professor Iain Watson and friends of the University.

Protein supplement helps control Type 2 diabetes

Drinking a small amount of whey protein before meals has been shown to help people with type 2 diabetes control their blood sugars.

New liver and kidney disease identified

Scientists have identified a new disease in a ground-breaking discovery that could help patients with unexplained liver and kidney problems.

Genetic basis of 3 mitochondrial diseases identified via new approach

New understanding of how mitochondria’s hundreds of proteins work together to generate power and perform other functions offers a promising path to better diagnose and treat mitochondrial disease.

Preventing long term side effects of cancer radiotherapies

A new study has found that a simple, one-off treatment was able to prevent long term side effects of cancer radiotherapies.

Healthy Cities?

A new book by a Newcastle University expert looks at how where we live influences our health – for better and for worse.

New research unit to help organ donation and transplantation patients

Newcastle University is receiving almost £2 million for a cutting-edge research unit focused on organ donation to help improve the outcomes for patients waiting for and receiving transplants.