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Research facilities

To carry out our high quality research projects, we need high quality research facilities.

This page gives you details about the major facilities across our hospital and university sites that are home to our research projects.

Some of our facilities are where patients can attend to get involved in research projects. Others are more for researchers themselves.

Patient-friendly facilities

CRESTA clinicsShow [+]Hide [-]

Cresta clinic receptionCRESTA stands for “Clinics for Research and Service in Themed Assessments”.

Working with Newcastle University, our CRESTA clinics provide a “one-stop” assessment, where patients can see a number of healthcare professionals during fewer appointments. The clinics also identify potential patients to get involved in research and clinical trial projects.

The clinics are held on the ground floor of the “Newcastle Biomedical Research Building”, on the Campus for Ageing and Vitality. The main focus of the clinics is on older patients and those with more complex disorders.


Newcastle Clinical Research FacilityShow [+]Hide [-]

RVI clinical research facilityThe Newcastle Clinical Research Facility (the CRF) is a partnership between Newcastle Hospitals and Newcastle University.

The CRF is a purpose-built facility in the Leazes Wing of the RVI in Newcastle, and it provides space for patients to work with specialist nurses and other staff on a range of research projects.

You can find out more about the Newcastle Clinical Research Facility.




Clinical Ageing Research Unit Show [+]Hide [-]

The Clinical Ageing Research unit (CARU) offers a place where research into conditions associated with ageing can be carried out.

CARU is a patient-friendly unit based at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality. One of the main aims of the unit is research into age-related degenerative conditions, such as Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s Disease.

You can find out more about the Clinical Ageing Research Unit.

Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research CentreShow [+]Hide [-]

Northern Centre for Cancer CareThe Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre is a patient-friendly unit based at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle.

The centre carries out all phases of cancer trials. It also co-ordinates the North of England Cancer Network studies, and is an integral part of the Newcastle Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre.

You can find out more about the Sir Bobby Robson Research Centre.



NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre – Ageing and Long-term Conditions Show [+]Hide [-]

At the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre, we focus on improving lives through translational research in ageing and long-term conditions to meet the health needs of the older person. Our research in long-term conditions focusses on; dementia, liver disease, musculoskeletal disease, neuromuscular disease, skin and oral disease.

The NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre is a partnership between the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Newcastle University. It is based at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality in Newcastle.

Find out more about the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre.

Diagnostic Evidence CentreShow [+]Hide [-]

The Diagnostic Evidence Centre works on research projects to improve the way that diseases are diagnosed, leading to benefits in patient care.

Newcastle Hospitals is working with Newcastle University on the project which will examine the effectiveness of new diagnostic tests for a range of diseases and conditions such as: cancer, heart and lung conditions, musculoskeletal conditions, stroke, infections and transplantations.

You can find out more details about the Diagnostic Evidence Co-operatives.

Facilities for researchers

Newcastle Clinical Trials UnitShow [+]Hide [-]

The Clinical Trials Unit provides researchers with advice and support when planning, conducting and analysing trials and research studies.

Together with Newcastle University, the unit supports trials for pharmaceutical products, devices, surgery and techniques to help improve patient care. You can get more details about the Newcastle Clinical Trials Unit.

Research Design ServiceShow [+]Hide [-]

The Research Design Service is an initiative involving NHS trusts and Newcastle and Durham universities. It offers a range of services including identification of funding sources, grant application assistance, and referral to further sources of support.

For more details, visit the Research Design Service North East website.

Pharmacy clinical trials unitsShow [+]Hide [-]

We have a clinical trials unit at each of the pharmacy departments on our three main sites, the Freeman Hospital, Northern Centre for Cancer Care and the RVI.

These units manage the dispensing and medication-supply process for commercial and non-commercial clinical trials throughout the Trust. We work closely with trials investigators, commercial sponsors and other organisations to set up and co-ordinate the medication supply procedure for clinical trials.

Dispensed clinical trials medication is normally collected from the appropriate dispensary by clinical trials research staff, although for certain trials patients or their representatives may collect if this has been agreed during set-up of the study.

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