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Newcastle wins investment into ground-breaking health research

Published on: 15 September 2016

More than £16 million is being invested in ground-breaking treatments, diagnostics, prevention and care for patients with a wide range of ageing and long-term conditions.

The Health Secretary has announced the five years of funding of £16,208,633 for the leading NHS clinicians and top university researchers at the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre.

It’s part of a record £816 million investment in NHS research and Newcastle is amongst the twenty NHS and University partnerships across England to have been awarded funding, through the National Institute for Health Research, boosting growth in cities across the country.

Professor Avan Sayer, Director, NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre & Professor of Geriatric Medicine said: "We are delighted with this latest NIHR Biomedical Research Centre award - our third successful application in this national competition.

"It will provide exceptional opportunities for our early translational research and, excitingly, we will also be able to apply our expertise in long-term conditions to improve the health of growing numbers of older people with ageing syndromes such as sarcopenia - the loss of muscle mass and strength, and frailty."

Prof Avan Sayer

NHS collaboration

Sir Leonard Fenwick, Chief Executive for the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust added: “We are very pleased to learn that Newcastle’s Biomedical Research Centre has been awarded ongoing NIHR funding, allowing us to continue to deliver world class translational research into ageing and long-term conditions.

“We very much see this as a clear mandate to advance our internationally recognised expertise in Lewy Body dementia, liver disease, musculoskeletal disease and neuromuscular disease, as well as skin and oral disease.”

The NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre is a partnership between Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University, working together under the umbrella of the Newcastle Academic Health Partners, delivering a programme of research to improve the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of major common diseases affecting the older population.

The UK is already a world leader in pioneering medical breakthroughs and this record investment will ensure this strong tradition continues. It is estimated that for every £1 the Department of Health invests, hospitals/universities will generate £6 – from public funders of research, charities and industry partners - a boost for the economy.



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