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Professor Loranne Agius

Professor of Metabolic Chemistry

Area of interest

Research interest in liver metabolism in diabetes and insulin resistance. Current focus on understanding the link between intracellular metabolites and gene expression towards new therapeutic targets. The therapeutic potential for Glucokinase Activators in non-alcoholic liver disease is being explored.

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Catherine Arden

Research Fellow

Area of interest

Researching the mechanisms of glucose-sensing in the pancreatic beta-cell with a specific focus on maintenance of function and mass in models of type 2 diabetes.

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Professor Johannes Attems

Professor of Neuropathology and Honorary Consultant Pathologist for Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital Foundations Trust

Area of interest

Main research focus is on clinico-pathological correlative studies in the field of age associated neurodegeneration e.g. Alzheimer’s disease and Lewy body dementias.

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Mark Baker

Consultant Clinical Neurophysiologist and Neurologist at Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Newcastle University

Area of interest

Research uses electrophysiological methods to: 1. Better understand the pathophysiology of degenerative neurological diseases; 2. Develop novel methods of screening for subclinical disease and monitoring disease progression; and 3. Develop therapeutic non-invasive neuromodulatory therapeutic interventions.

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Professor Mark Birch-Machin

Professor of Molecular Dermatology and Associate Dean of Business Development and Commercial Interface

Area of interest

Research into the response of human skin to UVR (skin ageing, nonmelanoma skin cancer). Mitochondrial DNA as a biomarker of UVR exposure. Also research interests in oxidative stress, sunscreens and effects of nutritional status on skin.

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David Brooks

Professor David Brooks

Professor of Clinical PET Research

Area of interest

Research involves the use of positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging to aid the diagnosis and study the progression of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease and to validate their use as biomarkers in therapeutic trials.

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Professor David Burn

Professor of Movement Disorder Neurology at Newcastle University and Honorary Consultant Neurologist for Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Area of interest

Research interest in improving the diagnosis and management of Parkinson’s disease, the Lewy body dementias and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP). I played a key role in an International Task Force to develop the first set of Diagnostic Criteria for Dementia associated with Parkinson's disease and the International Consortium to define new diagnostic criteria for Dementia with Lewy Bodies. My group is identifying predictors of dementia in Parkinson's disease, supported by a programme grant from Parkinson's UK to identify people with Parkinson's disease at high risk of incident dementia (ICICLE-PD).

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Mark Cunningham

Mark Cunningham

Senior Lectureship in Neuronal Dynamics

Area of interest

Research group works on neuronal oscillations in cortical circuits using a trans-species approach. Mark focuses on the pathophysiology of neuronal oscillations pertaining to neuropsychiatric disease and in particular epileptiform activities generated by cortical tissue from patients with epilepsy.

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Professor Anne Dickinson

Professor of Marrow Transplant Biology

Area of interest

Research includes haematopoietic stem cell transplant immunobiology, graft versus host disease immunobiology and immunomodulation, non-HLA immunogenetics and relevance to transplant outcome, cord blood transplantation and human haematopoietic stem cell differentiation.

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Professor Peter Farr

Professor of Clinical Photobiology

Area of interest

Research interests in photobiology, psoriasis and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma

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Helen Foster

Professor Helen Foster

Professor of Paediatric Rheumatology & Paediatrics Lead for the North East and North Cumbria Clinical Local Research Network

Area of interest

Research interests include barriers to specialist care, evaluation of educational strategies, biomarkers and prognostic indicators of rheumatic disease.

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Mike Gray

Michael Gray

Reader in Cellular Physiology

Area of interest

Research expertise in endocrine cell electrophysiology and access to comparative models of cystic fibrosis-related diabetes.

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Phil Hampton

Phil Hampton

Consultant Dermatologist

Area of interest

Research interests in psoriasis, pemphigus, pemphigoid and rosacea

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Muzlifah Haniffa

Senior Clinical Lecturer/ Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellow

Area of interest

Research interests in peripheral tissue immune regulation, antigen presentation in the skin and human mononuclear phagocyte biology

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Professor Philip Home

Professor of Diabetes Medicine

Area of interest

Research interests in insulin and diabetes drug developments, evaluations, implementations and evidence-based guidelines.

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