We have access to high quality research facilities across our hospital sites and at partners’ sites, including Newcastle University.
Our research takes place across facilities accessible to patients involved in studies, in addition to purely focused areas where researchers undertake their work – such as the Life Science Centre.
Researchers can find details of support available for new and ongoing studies at the Newcastle Joint Research Office website.
Working with Newcastle University, our clinics provide a ‘one-stop’ assessment, where patients can see a number of healthcare professionals during fewer appointments.
The clinics mainly see older patients or those with more complex conditions and can identify potential patients to get involved in research and clinical trials.
Newcastle Clinical Research Facility
Supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Newcastle Clinical Research Facility – a partnership between Newcastle Hospitals and Newcastle University – carries out cutting-edge, complex medical research in adults and children.
The facility actively involves patients and members of the public in all stages of research. Research takes place across three main sites:
- The purpose-built Newcastle Clinical Research Facility in the Leazes Wing of the Royal Victoria Infirmary
- The Clinical Ageing Research Unit (CARU), a patient-friendly facility which focuses on ageing and age-related conditions such as dementia, on the Campus for Ageing and Vitality in Newcastle.
- The Newcastle Dental Hospital and School of Dental Sciences.
The Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre
Clinical trials play a key role in the development of new cancer treatments and Newcastle is internationally renowned for contribution and innovation in successful cancer research. This patient-friendly unit at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle carries out all phases of cancer trials, alongside coordinating North of England Cancer Network studies.
We are proud that experts in Newcastle have developed major new cancer drugs in recent years and are leading the way in stem cell harvesting.
Within the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, the Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Research Centre (supported by the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and the generosity of local people) focusses on clinical research into new anti-cancer drug therapies and techniques. Patients at the centre can be the first to benefit from ground-breaking new treatments.
Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre – ageing and long-term conditions
At Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre, based at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality, researchers focus on improving lives through testing and developing new approaches to tackling health problems associated with ageing and long-term conditions.
Funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), the Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a partnership between Newcastle Hospitals and Newcastle University.
It is the only BRC in the country to focus on the conversion of lab-based research into practical and meaningful benefits for patients, the public and the health and care system.
Research subjects include: dementia, liver disease, musculoskeletal disease, neuromuscular disease, skin and oral disease.