Newcastle University runs a number of facilities in partnership with the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals Trust, delivering clinical research of the highest standard.
Newcastle Hospitals has been the country’s top performing trust for volume of clinical research for the past seven years.
Newcastle Biobanks store a wide range of samples for use in medical research, which are derived from a range of disease areas, including: cancer; mitochondrial disease; orthopaedics; neurodegenerative disease.
Biobank staff also offer a wide range of services and facilities to support researchers with their work.
Biomarker Assay ServiceBiomarker Assay Service
The Biomarker Assay Service is regularly involved in clinical ageing research. Services include: handling of blood samples; generation of suitable conditioned material aliquots for further analysis; analysis of white blood cells; DNA damage and repair capability; telomere length measurements by qPCR and ApoE genotyping.
Cellular Therapies FacilityCellular Therapies Facility
The Newcastle Cellular Therapies Facility is an MHRA licensed clean room complex designed specifically for the production of cellular therapies.
The Facility operates in partnership between Newcastle University and the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, enabling not only research and manufacture, but also the delivery of cell therapy clinical trials.
Cancer Trials Research CentreCancer Trials Research Centre
The Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre carries out all phases of cancer trials, coordinates North of England Cancer Network studies, and is an integral part of the Newcastle Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre.
Based in the regional Northern Centre for Cancer Care at the Freeman Hospital, the Centre is a designated unit for the administration of first in human experimental cancer drugs. The staff are highly experienced in the regulatory submission and running of clinical trials, and a dedicated clinical trials pharmacy ensures safe handling and monitoring of experimental agents.
Clinical Ageing Research UnitClinical Ageing Research Unit
The Clinical Ageing Research Unit (CARU) facilitates the development of early assessment and intervention strategies targeted at age-associated degenerative conditions. CARU provides a ‘one stop shop’ for investigators planning, designing, conducting and analysing trials and other high quality clinical research studies.
Clinical Research FacilityClinical Research Facility
The Clinical Research Facility (CRF) is a collaboration between Newcastle University and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. The CRF's highly-trained staff are capable of setting up, negotiating and delivering all phases of clinical trials in accordance with Good Clinical Practice Standards.
Clinical Trials UnitClinical Trials Unit
The Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit has a vision to facilitate world class clinical trials that impact understanding of human disease and lead to improved diagnostics and therapeutics for patient benefit. The NCTU works in partnership with investigators across all disease types, phases of research and methodologies in order to deliver high quality research.
Dental Clinical Research FacilityDental Clinical Research Facility
The Dental Clinical Research Facility is a dedicated clinical research environment, comprising four fully-equipped dental surgeries. The Facility has a full range of clinical dental research capabilities, including: restorative dentistry; endodontics; periodontics; implant research; dental materials research; paediatric dentistry.
Electroencephalography (EEG)Electroencephalography (EEG)
Electroencephalography (EEG) is a simple, painless, non-invasive technique which measures brain activity from small recording electrodes placed on the scalp either individually or by means of specially designed electrode caps.
As a research tool EEG is very helpful in identifying interactions between different cortical brain areas and as a diagnostic tool it can be used to detect abnormal brain activity.
Magnetic Resonance CentreMagnetic Resonance Centre
The Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre aims to develop and apply novel, non-invasive magnetic resonance methodology to solve important problems of human health.
The Centre is equipped with two high field strength magnetic resonance scanners, and has full facilities throughout for clinical MR research and associated technical developments.
Muscle Performance and Exercise Training LaboratoryMuscle Performance and Exercise Training Laboratory
The Muscle Performance and Exercise Training Laboratory is one of the only clinically qualified research laboratories for the evaluation of muscle performance, physical fitness and physical activity in the UK.
The facility combines state-of-the-art measurement equipment for physical fitness, cardiac function, muscle strength, and body composition, alongside a physical activity and exercise intervention delivery team.
Positron Emission Tomography CentrePositron Emission Tomography Centre
The Newcastle Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Centre is equipped with the latest generation of PET-MR scanners and a PET-CT scanner which provide excellent quality imaging. In both imaging suites there are additional features required for radiotherapy planning, injection of contrast agents and for respiratory gating.