Faculty of Medical Sciences

Staff Profile

Dr Jolanta Weaver

Senior Lecturer



My interests relate to regenerative medicine, endothelial progenitor cells, their function in relation to modifiable risk factors for cardiovascular disease in diabetes and endocrine disorders. The research carried out within my Endothelial Progenitor Cell Group explores the mechanism involved in stem cells therapies with an aim to shorten the time from bench to patient. Whilst leading on modulation of vascular repair in Diabetes and Endocrinology in Newcastle University I have provided training for 10 PhD/MD/Msc students and colaborated across the continents. Endothelial Progenitor Cell Group is carying out cardiovascular investigations between of Institute of Cellular Medicine, North East Stem Cells Institute and Clinical Research Facility in Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle applying both preclinical and clinical approach.
In 2010 I have been appointed Visiting Professor in King Abdul Aziz University in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
My clinical training commenced in the Royal London Hospital Medical college, where subsequently I have completed research leading to award of  PhD at London University on the subject of "Central and peripheral neuroendocrine function in obesity and molecular approach to insulin resistance " I then continued my specialist training at The Royal London Hospital and later at Royal Victoria Infirmary and Freeman Road Hospital, Newcastle before being appointed to Senior Lecturer in Diabetes Medicine. 




Diabetes UK
British Thyroid Foundation
American Heart Association
Society for Endocrinology
British Medical Association
Association of Physician, Northern Region , UK


English, Polish, Russian, German

Informal Interests

Windsurfing, Skiing down hill and x country, running Half and Full Marathons


Research Interests

Adult Stem Cells
Postnatal vasculogenesis
Endothelial progenitor cells

Other Expertise

Glucocorticoid receptor polymorphism
Subclinical Hypothyroidism
Health Status in Subclinical hypothyroidism
Radioiodine therapy in Thyroid disease
Reduction of cardiovascular risk factors in Diabetes and Thyroid Disease
Glucocorticoid sensitivity
Cortisol metabolism
Metabolic syndrome

Current Work

Endothelial progenitor cells in type 1 Diabetes Mellitus and Subclinical hypothyroidism
Postnatal vasculogenesis
Endothelial progenitor cells biology
Patients reported outcomes in thyroid disease
Effect of stress on glycaemic control in Diabetes
Glucocorticoids and metabolic syndrome

Future Research

Stem cell therapies

Research Roles

PI on many national and international studies

Postgraduate Supervision

PhD supervisor
MD supervisor
Mres/Msc supervisor

Esteem Indicators

Editor of CME bulletin in Diabetes and Endocrinology
Associate Editor (Europe)Journal of Vascular Health and Risk Management
Chair Of Specialist Training Committee ( Diabetes, Endocrinology and General Internal Medicine)
Chair Of Northern Region Diabetes Service Advisory Group
Chair of Northern Region Diabetes Audit Group
Chair of First Neuroendocrine Conference, Newcastle
Invited Lecturer at Conference on Diabetes Frontiers, Prague
Invited Lecturer, Hypertensive Society
Invited Lecturer, General Practitioners forum
Lecturer on Diabetes Warwick Course
Lecturer Northern Region Continuing Medical Education meetings in Diabetes and Endocrinology


1. Endothelial progenitor cells and Diabetes.
Diabetes Charity, Gateshead, UK.
2. FISH (Fatique in Subclinical Hypothyroidism) Investigating the mechanisms of fatigue in a common thyroid condition.
BUPA Charitable Foundation, UK.
3. Studies on endothelial progenitor cells in Diabetes Mellitus
Research and Development, NHS, UK.
4.Whickham thyroid study 30 years follow up of cardiovascular risk factors(longest epidemilogical follow up of thyroid population study)
British Thyroid Foundation, UK.
5. Eliminating periodontal infection in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: impact on glycemic control, inflammation and quality of life.
Dunhill Medical Research Trust, UK.
6. Endothelial progenitor cells in thyroid disease
Research and Development, NHS and Charity, UK.
7. MITRE study:Minimally-Invasive Technology Role and Evaluation of monitoring in Diabetes Mellitus.
MRC/NHS Health Technology Assessment Commissioning Board Department of Health.
and many others


Undergraduate Teaching

Lead for Clinical Skills Course. Gateshead
Lead for Students selected options Gateshead
Lead for CIDR (Chronic Illness, Disability and Rehabilitation) Newcastle and Gateshead
Teacher of Final Year students

Postgraduate Teaching

PACES examiner since 2005
PACES organiser 2006
Personal Tutor
Foundation Tutor
Chair of Specialist Training Committee in Diabetes and Endocrinology
Specialty Educational Supervisor