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Major new report connects North’s poor health with poor productivity

Poor health has been linked with the North’s poor productivity for the first time in a major new report by six northern universiti...

World Arthritis Day

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

New toolkit to assess musculoskeletal health in older people

A new way to assess the impact of normal ageing on bones, joints and muscles has been proposed that could provide a benchmark for ...

Social care Japanese style – what we can learn from the world’s oldest population

Japan has long been known for its widespread respect for its seniors and a powerful sense of obligation to care for them. The invo...

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 giv...

Technology for incontinence hasn't developed much since ancient Egyptian times

Today’s healthcare is full of technology that would seem like science fiction to our grandparents. But this is far from true in ev...

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 T...

VOICE Research Support Group

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

  • 02/08/2018
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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 dementi...

Helping women to take control of menopausal hot flushes

Ageing expertise and commercial insight has come together to explore women’s experience of the menopause and propose technology-ba...

'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 ...

British Heart Foundation SENIOR-RITA Trial

Coronary artery disease (CAD), also known as ischemic heart disease, is one of the leading causes of death worldwide. CAD develops...

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 Ins...

Soapbox Science 2018

On Saturday 16 June 2018 scientists from Newcastle University, Durham University and the University of York brought science to Gre...

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...

  • 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 M...

  • 15/06/2018
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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 partic...

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 too...

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)...

  • 24/05/2018
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Global burden of multiple serious illnesses must be urgently addressed

Increasing numbers of people worldwide are suffering life-long disability and dying prematurely due to the ineffective treatment o...

The Menopause: "I don't have time for this"

Writing for Cambridge Consultants, Nicola Millar explains how we are working to develop a drug-free approach for managing menopaus...

Rise of the Helix

Newcastle’s global hub for urban innovation enters next phase in development. A new round of construction and investment is under...

New centre could revolutionise treatment of incurable diseases

A new centre will be set up in Newcastle to look at the development of cell, gene and tissue engineered therapies in the UK. Newc...

Experts call for specialist medical teams for rapidly ageing society

A Newcastle University study has shown that people over the age of 85 are more likely to consult their GP for their medical needs....

Medical student encourages Metro users to walk a stop or two

Research by a Newcastle University medical student could lead to Metro users taking more exercise by ‘walking a stop or two’. Stu...

Number of older people with four or more diseases will double by 2035

Newcastle University research reveals that the number of older people diagnosed with four or more diseases will double between 201...

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...

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 advic...

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 w...

  • 17/01/2018
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New brainstem changes identified in Parkinson’s disease

A pioneering study has found that patients with Parkinson’s disease have more errors in the mitochondrial DNA within the brainstem...

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 stud...

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...

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...

  • 04/12/2017
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New £50m national innovation centre given go-ahead

Permission has been granted for a major new development which will link up university academic talent with industry and the public...

Why we need to talk about incontinence

We rarely hear or speak about incontinence. But the condition – the involuntary loss of urine or faecal matter – is frighteningly ...

Newcastle Smell & Taste Information Day

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

Medication nation: new research shows nearly half of all older people now taking at least five medicines

More and more people are relying on their daily dose of medication for long-term health conditions. Recent figures show that presc...

New approach to ageing: older people lead project to improve later years

By the time the NHS celebrates its 100th birthday in 2048, there will be more than 100,000 centenarians in the UK. This age shift ...

Why are we so afraid of dementia?

Dementia used to be called “the silent epidemic”, but it is no longer silent. It has become the subject of seemingly endless discu...

Why our brain needs sleep, and what happens if we don’t get enough of it

Many of us have experienced the effects of sleep deprivation: feeling tired and cranky, or finding it hard to concentrate. Sleep i...

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...

When it comes to keeping our brains young, we need to rise to new challenges

As we get older, our thinking skills often deteriorate: we get slower, more forgetful, less good at learning new things. Yet not e...

Voice North's Involvement in Hoarding Disorder Questionnaire

Hoarding Disorder (HD) was defined by Frost and Hartl (1996) as the excessive acquisition of and difficulty discarding large quant...

Researchers investigate heart attack treatments in the elderly

Newcastle researchers have been awarded £1.7m to investigate heart attack treatments for patients over 75. A clinical trial suppo...

BBC How to Stay Young

The BBC programme ‘How to stay young’ was carried out with scientists at Newcastle University’s Institute for Ageing. I am a resea...

How to Stay Young

Experts from Newcastle University will be revealing the shocking differences between people’s body age and their actual age in the...

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...

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...

Bored reading science? Let’s change how scientists write

As research scientists, we read a lot of scientific papers. But it may surprise you to learn that a lot of the time we – yes, we ...

Soapbox Science Newcastle 2017 Highlights Video

On Saturday 17 June 2017 Newcastle city centre was transformed into a hub for science and discovery as top female scientists from ...

Tracing the links between basic research and real-world applications

What does hailing a ride with Uber have to do with 19th-century geometry and Einstein’s theory of relativity? Quite a bit, it turn...

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...

Importance of health research recognised for NHS Trusts

Figures published show how the North East has maintained its leading position in driving health research. The figures have been p...

Scientists and patient volunteers reunite after 12 years for new study

Patients who took part in research into bowel health more than a decade ago have reunited for a follow-up study to help experts ga...

A prescription of activities shown to improve health and well-being

Gyms, walking groups, gardening, cooking clubs and volunteering have all been shown to work in improving the health and well-being...

Millions awarded for Global Health Research into dementia

Experts in ageing have been awarded £2 million from the Department of Health to focus on dementia care and prevention on a global ...

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 genet...

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 w...

'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 ref...

Gerontologist receives national recognition

Leading Newcastle University researcher, Professor Thomas von Zglinicki has received Britain’s highest award for services to geron...

Online Course - Ageing Well: Falls

Every day in the UK, almost 10,000 people aged over 65 will fall down. The personal costs are staggering, with falls resulting in ...

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 an...

  • 13/07/2017
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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...

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 resear...

What is ‘cognitive reserve’? How we can protect our brains from memory loss and dementia

As we get older we have a greater risk of developing impairments in areas of cognitive function – such as memory, reasoning and ve...

Alzheimer’s Society gives £1.7m to dementia research

Alzheimer’s Society has announced today that it has committed almost £1.7m to Newcastle University, as part of its biggest single ...

New international guidelines to identify dementia with Lewy bodies

New guidelines have been published on the clinical and physical indicators to help ensure patients with dementia with Lewy bodies ...

Childhood research project set up 70 years ago is still going strong

They have been part of one of the longest ever studies into health, and now the ‘Red Spot’ babies are marking their 70th birthdays...

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 r...

Call for mandatory screening to cut the risk of malnutrition in older people

Old age comes with many challenges, including concerning levels of malnutrition. The issue is particularly worrying among older pe...

What it's really like to live with dementia

More than 225,000 people develop dementia every year – that’s roughly one person every three minute. At the moment, 850,000 people...

What science tells us about successful ageing

There have been some noteworthy examples of successful human ageing in the press recently. It was announced that Prince Phillip wi...

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 Mon...

Placebos work even when patients know what they are

Lying to patients is almost always unethical. But, in order for placebos to work, we have to believe they are “real” treatments, w...

The Truth About...Stress

On Thursday 4th May the BBC broadcast 'The Truth About...Stress'.  Professor Thomas Von Zglinicki, Scientific Director, Newcastle...

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. B...

Stimulating your brain can help you stay mentally healthy in older age

Stimulating the brain by taking on leadership roles at work or staying on in education help people stay mentally healthy in later ...

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 u...

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 uniqu...

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 uniqu...

Here’s why some Dutch university students are living in nursing homes

Published on 29th November 2016, by Johanna Harris on The Conversation. In today’s society both young and old increasingly find t...

Shaping the future of health innovation

Published on 31st March 2017 Future advances in healthcare will be aided by a new £10 million facility - the National Institute f...

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 fr...

Do you really need to eat ten portions of fruit and veg a day?

Published on 14th March by Geoff Webb on The Conversation. Only a quarter of UK adults manage to eat the officially recommended f...

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 po...

Killing ‘zombie’ cells to improve health in old age

Published on 17th March 2017 by Dominick Burton on The Conversation. Imagine a world where you could take just a single pill for ...

Why worms and fish are good models for epilepsy

Published on 23rd March 2017 by Alistair Jones on The Conversation. Epilepsy is the most common neurological disorder in the UK –...

Epilepsy research at Newcastle University

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

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 tran...

Air pollution exposure may increase risk of dementia

Published on 27th February 2017 by Caleb Finch and Jiu-Chiuan Chen on The Conversation. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brai...

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 cogn...

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 benef...

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...

How vitamin D can improve muscle strength

Published on 16th February 2017 by Zaki Hassan-Smith on The Conversation. One of the most important vitamins for your health is v...

What's happening in our bodies as we age?

Published on 22nd January 2017, by Lisa Lee on The Conversation. As we reach adulthood, we notice changes in our bodies at every ...

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 ...

GP career choice is associated with undergraduate GP exposure

Published on 28th February 2017 Universities urgently need to address the current GP recruitment crisis by giving students more e...

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 ge...

Pioneering neurologist receives knighthood

Published on 14th February A world-leading neurologist who has devoted his career to the treatment and research of mitochondrial ...

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 majo...

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 sp...

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 th...

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 st...

Preventative medicine: the argument for and against

Published on 2nd February 2017 by James Brown and Opeolu Ojo on The Conversation. Preventative medicine has long used drugs to pr...

Are you getting enough vitamin B1 to help fend off Alzheimer's?

Published on 27th January 2017 by Richard Hoffman on The Conversation. A feeling of apathy or being a little forgetful from time ...

How research can lead to some extraordinary (and very unlikely) discoveries

Published on 8th February 2017 by Philip Cohen on The Conversation. When it comes to research, you never really know in which fan...

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 qu...

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 Pati...

Public member opportunities at the NIHR Central Commissioning Facility

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Central Commissioning Facility (CCF) is currently looking for patients and membe...

Cancer Research UK: Right Now campaign

Cancer Research UK’s Right Now campaign features a series of powerful and emotive TV adverts as well as radio, billboard and dig...

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 canc...

The Small Circle of Life - Festive Lecture 2016

Over 300 Year 10 students from Schools across the North East and members of the public were riveted by the demonstration of how ...

Scientists have unlocked the secret of making tomatoes taste of something again

If you shop in a supermarket you may well have asked why the fruit and veg you buy there is so tasteless, especially if you’ve als...

Dental Problems at A&E: why it matters

Charlotte Currie, Clinical Fellow in Oral Surgery at the Centre for Oral Health Research, School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle U...

Five common myths about the ageing brain and body

The world’s population, and Australia’s, is ageing. The number of adults aged 65 and over is increasing, as is the proportion of t...

MiLAN Film Festival 2017: From Medicine With Love

An exploration of the role of love in health and mental wellbeing is being explored during a week-long film festival. The MiLAN (...

£35m blood disorder project aims for faster, better patient care

A new project involving Newcastle University experts aims to create better outcomes for patients with blood disorders. The £35 mi...

Festive Lecture 2015: QuantuMDx

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

Always forget to keep your New Year's resolutions? Smoking and drinking could be why

Given that the New Year is just around the corner, now might be a good time to come up with a resolution to reduce your drinking, ...

Why we become more forgetful with age - and what you can do about it

How is it that we are able to remember some events in great detail whereas other memories seem to fade away over time? Our memory ...

Assessing Dementia Risk

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

Scientists set to get £7.9m boost for cancer research

Newcastle scientists and clinicians are set to receive a major cash injection from Cancer Research UK. The charity plans to inves...

Newcastle applies for world's first mitochondrial license

Newcastle experts behind pioneering IVF-based technique confirm that they have applied for a licence to help patients who risk tra...

How bucket lists help the terminally ill - and those around them

Buckets lists – inventories of things to do before you die – are often developed by people who know they have little time left. It...

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...

Wellcome invests £6.3m in its Centre for Mitochondrial Research

Wellcome has today announced £6.3m of funding for its Centre for Mitochondrial Research at Newcastle University over the next five...

Review welcomed as “a step closer to reproductive choice"

A ground-breaking IVF technique developed by experts at Newcastle University, to reduce the risk that babies born will have mitoch...

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 i...

Biological vs chronological age: how old are you really?

Researchers are developing tests to calculate your true biological age. They claim that such tests can measure how well your body ...

Institute for Ageing event Starts Patient Month

November’s Patient Month got off to a fantastic start with the Ageing Well in Newcastle event. Patient Month is a series of event...

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 w...

  • 31/10/2016
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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 present...

Inside Skin: Conversations between Art & Science

Professor Muzlifah Haniffa, is a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellow in Clinical Science at Newcastle University and her research was rec...

How even our brains get ‘slacker’ as we age

Losing the youthful firmness and elasticity in our skin is one of the first outward signs of ageing. Now it seems it’s not just ou...

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...

115 might be as old as we can get thanks to our bodies’ limits

Maximum lifespan is not rising in step with average lifespan. It could be that the human body has innate limits that prevent most ...

Newcastle Academic Health Partners: Patient Month 2016

Newcastle Academic Health Partners (NAHP) harnesses clinical and academic expertise to make sure patients benefit sooner from new ...

Improved vitamin test could help millions

A new technique that gives quicker and more accurate information about a person's levels of vitamin A could help improve the healt...

Bacterial cell walls, antibiotics and the origins of life

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek, the 17th-century Dutch scientist, was the first person to see single-celled organisms through a microscop...

Spice of life

Trust Me, I'm a Doctor study shows how cooking with turmeric might reduce cancer risk. Newcastle University has taken part in an ...

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 inv...

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 thre...

Ageing in harmony: why the third act of life should be musical

It’s never too late to pick up a musical instrument. In fact there are many reasons why it’s a great idea, particularly in old age...

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