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Using our world-class research facilities, supported by the NIHR, we address the complex needs of the older person through our advanced understanding of the processes involved in ageing and chronic disease.

The infrastructure provided through the Biomedical Research Centre and Unit will provide support for shared facilities, platforms and technologies that will underpin translational research in ageing and chronic disease. This will act as a catalyst for multidisciplinary research and training, providing leverage for substantial external funding. Our research will utilise state-of-the-art facilities supported by well-established clinical services.

The Biomedical Research Centre and Unit will support innovative research on the purpose built Campus for Ageing and Vitality, that brings together the NHS, Newcastle University and industry dedicated to improving healthcare for older people. Each strand of the Biomedical Centre focuses on the effects of age and ageing on organ dysfunction with considerable cross fertilisation at the basic science and clinical levels between the eight themes involving researchers in the Institute for Ageing, the Institute of Cellular Medicine, the Institute of Health & Society and the Institute of Genetic Medicine.

Key developments supporting our translational research programme include a Clinical Research Facility at the Royal Victoria Infirmary site, the Clinical Ageing Research Unit on the Campus for Ageing and Vitality at the Newcastle General Hospital, adjacent to Magnetic Resonance and Positron Emission Tomography imaging in the Newcastle Imaging Centre.

The NIHR also funds a Diagnostic Evidence Cooperative (DEC) within Newcastle University and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – a support service that takes diagnostic medical tests through rigorous clinical and economic evaluation in order to asses their suitability in the market.

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