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Housing Secretary unveils green housing revolution

A new green standard for new build homes will bring an environmental revolution to home building.   A new green standard for new buil...

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Countdown to the UNI Health Newcastle Programme begins!

We’re now just a few days away from the start of Newcastle UNI Health programme week on 30 September. “UNIversity exchange programme cr...

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Catalysing your insights

If you have been to the Newcastle Helix site recently, you will have seen that the Catalyst building is almost ready to open its doors....

  • 13/09/2019
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WHO is establishing technical advisory group and roster of experts on digital health

WHO is establishing a global multi-disciplinary technical group to advise us on issues related to digital health. WHO’s newly-establis...

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Breast cancer diagnosis by AI now as good as human experts

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK. It accounts for 15% of all new cases in the country, and about one in eight women wi...

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What baby boomers can learn from millennials at work – and vice versa

For the first time ever, we have five generations in the workplace at the same time, says entrepreneur Chip Conley. What would happen i...

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Changes to the VOICE Web Platform

New member of the VOICE team: John Dawson As proud as we are of the VOICE website, we have some big plans going ahead to improve the s...

  • 18/07/2019
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WHO releases first guideline on digital health interventions

WHO today released new recommendations on 10 ways that countries can use digital health technology, accessible via mobile phones, table...

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Vacuum cleaner for the brain: doctor’s first-hand account of using groundbreaking stroke treatment

Thrombectomy is a revolutionary stroke treatment where the offending clot is literally sucked out of the patient’s brain. I performed m...

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€50 million digital monitoring project to prevent disease

A European project aims to develop a system of small sensors worn on the body so that how well you walk, a vital sign of health and wel...

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Lab-grown blood vessels given to people who need dialysis

Human blood vessels grown in the lab have successfully been added to circulatory systems in people. The blood vessels are grown from th...

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Expert in ageing receives damehood

Professor Dame Louise Robinson was recognised at Buckingham Palace for her services to Primary Care and for improving older people's qu...

  • 12/04/2019
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Older people are more digitally savvy, but aged care providers need to keep up

Older adults are more digitally connected than ever, even though their uptake of internet-based technologies remains lower than for you...

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Bereaved who take comfort in digital messages from dead loved ones live in fear of losing them

The internet is changing how we converse with the dead. While the bereaved have traditionally visited graves or burial sites to talk to...

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Alone together: how mobile devices have changed family time

There is now widespread concern about the amount of time children spend staring at screens – with many people worried about the negativ...

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New report on emerging technologies to help older Americans maintain independence

On March 5, 2019, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released a report designed to identify innovations with the p...

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Sight-saving imaging tool wins Imperial’s biggest startup competition

A team of Imperial students are hoping to make avoidable blindness a thing of the past with a revolutionary imaging tool. VUI Diagnost...

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Making Conversations Count Newcastle University is improving communication between people with dementia and their loved ones

An estimated 50 million people around the world are living with dementia. Caused by a breakdown of the connections in the brain, dement...

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PMQs: May 'expects BBC to continue free TV licences' for over-75s

Theresa May said taxpayers want the BBC to use "its substantial licence fee income in an appropriate way", when asked about the future ...

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Could smart tattoos soon monitor your health?

What do you get when you cross an engineer, a tattooist, and a dash of creativity? Smart tattoos, of course! It was exciting to s...

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Five new women-led startups building a better future

From pioneering diagnostic tools to next-generation construction materials, Imperial’s female students are at the helm of ground-breaki...

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Artificial intelligence can predict survival of ovarian cancer patients

Researchers have created new machine learning software that can forecast the survival rates and response to treatments of patients with...

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Transatlantic exchange to grow ageing market

A transatlantic exchange is building on the North East’s expertise in ageing, nutrition, digital science and tech. The dynamic founder...

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Accelerator to support new businesses in ageing launched

A new accelerator programme aimed at businesses with the potential to develop solutions to the challenges faced by an ageing population...

  • 19/12/2018
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Older people pick up objects in a different way to younger people

The way we interact with objects is based on what we think they are like - their weight, shape and so on. If our expectations are corre...

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VOICE Research Support Group

The VOICE Research Support group is formed of public volunteers who have an interest in research at Newcastle University. The group hav...

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Northern Powerhouse Business Summit - Accenture Design thinking session

As part of the Northern Powerhouse Business Summit, Accenture will be running a Design Thinking Session. The session will be held on t...

  • 29/06/2018
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Rising to the challenge

Leading scientists say Newcastle University will rise to the challenge of the Prime Minister’s new Industrial Strategy. Theresa May sa...

  • 15/06/2018
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Asteroid - the fun 3D eye test

In 2015, I was in the Medical School, and noticed posters for something called Asteroid.  There was a launch event to find out more abo...

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The PPI Café – Open for Ideas

To view the original article, please click here. At the 2018 Imperial Festival we opened the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Café...

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VOICE members views on data sharing

VOICE members took part in a scoping focus group on 27th October 2017 to discuss their attitudes towards Data Sharing. Data Sharing ref...

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VOICE: 10 years and thriving

VOICE North was established in Newcastle back in 2007 – and so in 2018 it seems particularly timely to reflect and celebrate all we hav...

  • 17/01/2018
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New app helps young people when visiting relatives with dementia

Young people who have difficulty talking to older relatives or friends with dementia can now be helped by a smartphone app called Ticke...

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New research shows explaining things to 'normal' people can help scientists be better at their jobs

In times when fake news and alternative facts circulate in society, spreading scientifically based findings is more important than ever...

  • 04/12/2017
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We built a robot care assistant for elderly people – here’s how it works

Not all robots will take over human jobs. My colleagues and I have just unveiled a prototype care robot that we hope could take on some...

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How our new technology will help blind people ‘see’ at the cinema

Sight loss affects around two million people in the UK, a number that is likely to increase to four million by 2050. Losing sight can ...

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Newcastle named as a top UK smart city

Newcastle is the fastest growing region outside of London for digital and technology employment, according to the second UK Smart Citie...

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Meet a Member - Steve Wilkinson

Your chance to meet one of our members, Steve Wilkinson! Hear about what Steve enjoys most about being a member of Voice North and wha...

  • 13/07/2017
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How should technologies be developed for easy engagement?

A project entitled older travellers and technology engagement (OTTE), commissioned by Transport Systems Catapult, funded by Department ...

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Robot revolution: why technology for older people must be designed with care and respect

Published on 1st February 2017 by Nola Ries and Taro Sugihara on The Conversation. Many countries around the world have ageing populat...

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How GPS devices can help find people with dementia when they get lost

Published on 10th January 2017 by Ruth Bartlett on The Conversation. Twenty-four satellites circle the Earth twice a day and transmit ...

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Some brain training programs are backed by evidence. Here’s how to pick them

Published on 23rd February by Tejal Shah on The Conversation. Brain training has been touted as a way to prevent age-related cognitive...

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Do you really want to know what’s lurking in your genome?

Published on 24th February 2017 by Michael Mackley on The Conversation. Would you want to know if you were at a higher risk of getting...

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Smart traffic scheme given the green light

Published on 23rd February Newcastle leading the way on use of digital technology to tackle congestion. A ground-breaking project in ...

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Why medical technology often doesn't make it from drawing board to hospital

Published on 15th February 2017, by Matthew Leming on The Conversation. If there’s something wrong with your brain, how do you spot th...

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Will you feel better after surgery? Now you can find out using this online tool

Published on 10th February 2017 by Andrew Street and Nils Gutacker on The Conversation. The financial crisis facing the NHS is startin...

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Festive Lecture 2015: QuantuMDx

QuantuMDx: tackling the world’s deadliest diseases... Twelve months after Professor Sir John Burn introduced QuantuMDx to a captivated...

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Director's Blog: What is Voice North?

The ‘VOICE’ of Voice North stands for Valuing our Intellectual Capital and Experience. The ‘North’ is because as an organisation we are...

  • 31/10/2016
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New hope for recovery of hand movement for stroke patients

Stroke patients are starting a trial of a new electronic device to recover movement and control of their hand. Neuroscientists at Newc...

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