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Research and Newcastle Hospitals

These pages give you details about the healthcare research at Newcastle Hospitals.

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Newcastle Academic Health Partners

A new partnership which harnesses world-class expertise will ensure patients in the North East will benefit sooner from new treatments, diagnostics and prevention strategies.


Bringing together Newcastle Hospitals and Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trusts with Newcastle University, the newly-formed ‘Newcastle Academic Health Partners’ will deliver world-class healthcare through collaborative scientific research, education and patient care and mobilise the collective capabilities of the three organisations in support of economic growth.

The alliance will focus on delivering scientific advances that improve physical and mental health in common age-related chronic diseases, such as dementia and musculoskeletal disease.  It will also specialise in improving understanding and treatment of cancer, diseases that affect the brain and those affecting children.

Working across the two trusts, Newcastle Academic Health Partners will translate clinical research into practice developing improved diagnostic, prevention and treatment strategies as well as an innovative health education programme. 

Find out more here.

Latest news

Two of our occupational therapists have received awards at the College of Occupational Therapists Annual Awards Ceremony.

Occupational Therapist AwardDr Niina Kolehmainen received a College of Occupational Therapists Merit Award.

"The Merit Awards are for occupational therapists who have been recognised by their peers in the occupational therapy community for excellence in their sphere of work. Niina is a post-doctoral researcher who has forged a clinical academic career pathway as a paediatric occupational therapist, by securing prestigious grants and fellowships from the Medical Research Council and the Scottish Executive Chief Scientist Office. Furthermore she mentors and advises other nurse, midwife and allied Health professionals supporting them to bridge the gap between their clinical roles and research."

Ms Kate Hackett who is currently an ARUK funded PhD Fellow and works clinically in the Fatigue CRESTA Clinic was awarded the United Kingdom Occupational Therapy Research Foundation Early Researcher Award. 

This award is given for the best oral presentation from a Masters or PhD student at the College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference 2015 – which was held in Brighton in early June.

Kate is an occupational therapist and an Arthritis Research UK AHP PhD Training Fellow. Her award was for her oral presentation “Identifying participation barriers and key intervention targets for an autoimmune disease”. This forms part of her PhD research which is developing non-pharmacological interventions for primary Sjögren’s syndrome.

In the news

Our research projects often hit the headlines. You can find out about some of the projects to make the news recently:

Research projects

You can find out more about research at Newcastle Hospitals and some of the specific research projects we're involved in:

                           Liver research                            Children's research                        Skin research

    Liver research                                   Children's Research                                Skin research

                           More about our liver research.                    More about our children's research.            More about our skin research.


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