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Newcastle Centre for Rare Disease

As a centre of research excellence, Newcastle has a long and distinguished history of research and clinical care in rare disease.

Our vision

We collaborate across disciplines for patient-centred impact and innovation. We improve therapy options, outcomes, and quality of life for people with a rare disease.

Our mission

Newcastle has a stellar track record in rare disease research. We have benefited from decades of collaboration between the University and Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

We have united almost 100 experts from across these organisations to form this Centre. We have built on an ethos of robust patient partnerships. We will continue to improve the quality and impact of our work.

To learn more about our Centre and the work we are doing, we invite you to explore the webpages below or take a look at our new Centre for Rare Disease brochure (PDF: 3.8 MB).

Our goals

The main goals of the Centre are to:

  • consolidate our expertise under a single entity
  • maximise our opportunities for cross-disease and cross-disciplinary research
  • facilitate external collaborations by highlighting our diverse expertise
  • provide a single access point for our research and clinical care communities

Contact us

For enquiries or comments please email

Centre Leads

Dave Jones
Victoria Hedley
Volker Straub
Joris Veltman


Our Steering Group involves our Leads plus the following experts:

Kenny Dalgarno
Sophie Hambleton
Neil Rajan
Michael Wright
Wyatt Yue
James Wason
Pauline McCormack
John Sayer