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World Arthritis Day

For World Arthritis Day, we are posting this blog on behalf of all members of the Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal A...

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Brace yourself! Announcing a new trial of braces for knee osteoarthritis

Following our previous post, we are delighted to announce that a new clinical trial of braces for knee osteoarthritis has been given th...

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The future of joint replacement surgery and research

A BIG THANK YOU! To patients, the public and musculoskeletal staff for their commitment to delivering research. Newcastle upon Tyne H...

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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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Improving mealtimes for people with dementia

I would like to thank VOICE for helping me to prepare my PhD proposal, on the topic of improving mealtimes for people with dementia in ...

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'My Joints - in health and disease' - Public Engagement Event

Over 40 patients and public joined leading CIMA researchers and scientists at Newcastle University for a fascinating afternoon of talks...

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Health Protection Research Matters: keeping patients and the public safer

A public awareness event organised by the Health Protection Unit (HPRU). The unit is one of 13 centres funded by the National Institut...

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Are you sitting comfortably?

For people who cannot walk long distances, the right seat in the right place can be life changing. If you cannot rest in public spaces ...

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Soapbox Science 2018

On Saturday 16 June 2018 scientists from Newcastle University, Durham University and the University of York brought science to Grey’s M...

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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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Protein for Life Findings

I would like to thank VOICE members for taking part in focus groups as part of the Protein for Life research project. Their participati...

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Trainee Lay Summary Competition Winner

Using our Training to highlight the value of patient and public engagement in research. Our cohort of Biomedical PhD trainees took par...

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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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“Gerrit doon yi, it’ll de yi gudd!”

I am a History Undergraduate with a specialised interest in the history of alcohol and drinking. My Undergraduate dissertation is looki...

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Cycling Without Age

Over the past few months, myself and a small team of volunteers have been working to bring Cycling Without Age to Newcastle. Cycling Wi...

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Blood Matters – Public Engagement event success!

As part of Blood Cancers awareness month in September, Sarah Pagan, Lab Manager in the Institute of Cellular Medicine, organised a publ...

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Can you help us to keep public and patients safer?

I’ve been a member of VOICE from the start and I know how much members can contribute to research projects and how much your advice is ...

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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...

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Real problems that are worth solving

For the past three years I have invited volunteers from Voice north to do a focus group with my medical technology innovation students....

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Festive Lecture 2017

Over 300 year 10 students from schools across the North East and members of VOICE attended the annual flagship, Faculty of Medical Scie...

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Newcastle Smell & Taste Information Day

On Saturday 30th September Newcastle University researchers, Newcastle Hospitals ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat surgery) clinicians, Voice...

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World Arthritis Day

On World Arthritis Day this year, we are talking to the MRC/ Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal ...

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Ageing and Dementia Research Matters - An event to showcase the Clinical Research Network's Ageing and Dementia Research in partnership with Voice North

On Tuesday 25th April 2017, the NIHR Clinical Research Network hosted the inaugural Ageing and Dementia Research Matters event, in coll...

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Can electric bikes empower the future mobility solutions?

This study was carried out as part of the EPSRC-funded LC TRANSFORMS project and aimed for exploring the potential of electric bike (e-...

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Designing the multi-generation kitchen of the future

Our ageing population, combined with socio-economic factors such as the squeeze on income, shortage of affordable housing and the risin...

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Brace yourself! Have your say on a proposed new trial of braces for knee osteoarthritis

The numbers only tell part of the story. 170,000 hip and knee replacements each year. Almost one million people visiting their GP for h...

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Blood Cancers Awareness Month - Public Engagement Event in Newcastle!

September is Blood Cancers awareness month and here at Newcastle University we are raising awareness by holding ‘Blood Matters’, a rese...

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Meet the Researcher - Bethany Bareham

Bethany Bareham, PhD Student, Institute for Health and Society, Newcastle University What is your main area of research? My NIHR Scho...

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Are Group Consultations for me?

A short introduction to being seen by your doctor or nurse in a group rather than a short one to one consultation. What are group cons...

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Meet the Researcher - Professor John Loughlin

Professor John Loughlin, Professor of Musculoskeletal Research What is your main area of research? My group focuses on the genetic ba...

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The role of shared decision making in research: a new researcher's epiphany

I’ve just started my medical doctorate and I find myself in the developing phase of my project. The first few months have been a whirlw...

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'Research has changed my life': How PPI equipped me with new skills and experiences to apply to everyday living

My name is Dave Green and I'm a ‘PPI member’. Now I admit that does sound like a confession to a self-help group, but it does reflect ...

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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...

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Soapboxing Science in the Sun

On a bright, sunny day in Newcastle, Soapbox Science took place on 17th June for the third time in Newcastle’s Monument, supported by t...

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Meet the researcher - Dr Luis Peraza Rodriguez

Dr Luis Peraza Rodriguez, Research Associate in the Institute for Neurosciences. What is your main area of research? I do research on...

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Meet the researcher - Dr Susan Scholes

Dr Susan Scholes is Research Associate in the School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering. Below we learn more about her ageing resear...

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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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Dementia Awareness Week 2017

For Dementia Awareness Week, we look back at the Dementia and Incontinence Matters event held last November as part of Patient Month. ...

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Meet the researcher - Dr Bruce Davenport

Dr Bruce Davenport is Research Associate in Media, Culture and Heritage, based in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Below ...

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Members' Blog: An Interesting Opportunity

These days I find myself hunting for a word and not finding it - especially when trying to do the Guardian quick crossword which used t...

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200 years of Parkinson’s

For Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017 (10-16 April), we're publishing a series of blogs throughout the week which will provide unique ins...

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Meet the Clinician – Professor Nicola Pavese

For Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017 (10-16 April), we're publishing a series of blogs throughout the week which will provide unique ins...

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Cutting edge technology in healthcare research: Coming on in leaps and bounds

For Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017 (10-16 April), we're publishing a series of blogs throughout the week which will provide unique ins...

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Parkinson's Research: Keeping the research fires burning

For Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017 (10-16 April), we're publishing a series of blogs throughout the week which will provide unique ins...

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Holding On: My Journey with Parkinson’s

For Parkinson's Awareness Week 2017 (10-16 April), we're publishing a series of blogs throughout the week which will provide unique ins...

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Meet the researcher - Dr Sheena Ramsay

Meet Dr Sheena Ramsay, Clinical Senior Lecturer, Institute for Health and Society. She tells us what attracted her to Newcastle from UC...

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Epilepsy research at Newcastle University

Newcastle is an exciting place for epilepsy research, with several world-leading laboratories, a strong collaboration between Newcastle...

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Brain Awareness Week 2017

13th-19th March 2017 is Brain Awareness Week. This is the global campaign to increase public awareness of the progress and benefits o...

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A potential drug target in Kidney disease

Thursday 9th March - World Kidney Day Most forms of Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) result in renal fibrosis. Renal fibrosis is when the ...

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Members' Blog: NOT Acting Our Age

As part of International Women’s day we would like to celebrate this by featuring a blog written by one of our members, Irene Soulsby. ...

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Free Thinking experts take part in festival

BBC Radio 3’s Free Thinking festival is returning to the Sage Gateshead next month and Newcastle University's academics will be playi...

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Osteoarthritis – it’s not just wear and tear of our joints

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a slow, progressive joint disease causing mobility problems resulting in reduced quality of life and a major cau...

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Newcastle University Researchers at the "Bones" Exhibition

The “Bones” exhibition gets into full swing this half term at the Great North Museum in Newcastle.  Featuring displays of more than 10...

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Members' Blog: NU-AGE

NU-AGE is a Newcastle University course for undergraduates and aims to introduce students to the importance of ageing in the 21st centu...

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How old is old, and what to wear: the value of PPI

Before I started my PhD, I had no idea about patient and public involvement and how important it is for research projects. This quickly...

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International Epilepsy Day: CANDO Epilepsy Event

On International Epilepsy Day we look back on the CANDO Epilepsy Event held as part of the Newcastle Academic Health Partners Patient M...

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World Cancer Day 2017 "An Act of Unity"

Professor Ruth Plummer - Clinical Professor of Experimental Cancer Medicine Newcastle is an exciting and vibrant place to do cancer re...

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Members' Blog: What does Voice North do for me?

Adds years to my life - according to the 5 ways to stay well in later life. Stay connected - I get out of the house and make new frien...

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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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Assessing Dementia Risk

I am a GP trainee with a special interest in dementia research - passionate about supporting people living with dementia to be diagnose...

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Emotions and Parkinson’s Disease – SPiEs study.

Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive neurological disorder affecting 1 in every 500 people in the UK. The most noticeable symptoms of t...

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Voice North Members’ Involvement in Older Driver Study

Older drivers, as a group, are suffering from age-related functional deteriorations and a higher fatality rate than the average driver....

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Influencing design: Voice North Osteoarthritis Workshops

The Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design is an inclusive design and co-design organisation, which is based at the Royal College of Art in Lon...

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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...

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Members' Blog: Joining Voice North & becoming a lay representative

I first became involved with Voice North in September 2013 via the British Science Festival held in Newcastle. I went to a presentation...

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Members' Blog: A chance meeting can lead to a variety of fascinating opportunities!

A few chance meetings finally led me to VOICENorth... I took part in a LiveWell project in Gateshead. It was all about healthy eating,...

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Members' Blog: Research outside academic walls

It was a moment of jubilation when I learned that my idea for a research project, submitted to the Research in the Third Age competitio...

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Voice North's Involvement in Clinical Skills Training

I'm Emma McAllister, Clinical Skills lead for the Phase 1 Medical Students at Newcastle University. Members of voice north are involved...

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The Dentists of Tomorrow: Involving the public in the interview process

The School of Dental Sciences runs two undergraduate courses, a five year Bachelor of Dental Surgery course (71 places) and a three yea...

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The Enterprise Challenge: Addressing the demands and opportunities posed by an ageing population

The role of Rise Up, Newcastle Careers Service, is to support students in enhancing enterprise skills and developing business ideas. It...

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NU-AGE: An innovative module to learn more about ageing

Newcastle University is internationally renowned for its research about ageing. However, much of this pioneering activity is focussed a...

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