Friday 22 April 2016

Woo-hooo!! Desa Lilic and her Team receive Trust Award

Desa and her team in the Clinical Diagnostic Immunology Laboratory at the University Hospital of North Durham, CDDFT NHS Trust received a Trust award for Technology and Enhancement that acknowledges their hard work in satisfying new, tough ISO standards and successfully passing the UKAS/CPA inspection.

Thursday 14 April 2016

Latest Award

Helen Foster, Flora McErlane (NHS), Tim Rapley (IHS) and Wendy Thompson (Manchester University) have received confirmation regarding their JGWP application to fund the CAPTURE pilot work.

Whatever happened to Marta Radwan?

Marta Radwan has a European commission Horizon2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Global Fellowship. She will work in the US for a year then return to MRG in 2017 for a year.

Dr Dr Gary Reynolds

Congratulations to Gary Reynolds who had a successful VIVA on the 15th March 2016 (Supervisors – Cat Hilkens and John Isaacs)

That's NICE: Paediatric Musculoskeletal Matters
Welcome to pmm... pmm is for all clinicians who may encounter children with musculoskeletal problems and aims to raise awareness, knowledge and clinical skills to ...

Paediatric Musculoskeletal Matters - - developed at Newcastle University by a team led by Professor Helen Foster has been endorsed by NICE March 2016

Endorsement statement for resource producer

Paediatric Musculoskeletal Matters

This learning resource supports clinical assessment recommendations in the NICE guidelines on suspected cancer, fever in under 5s and child maltreatment. It also supports the NICE technology appraisal guidance on abatacept, adalimumab, etanercept and tocilizumab for treating juvenile idiopathic arthritis and tocilizumab for the treatment of systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence

March 2016


Please welcome all new staff to MRG

Ioanna Pangou (BRC Tissue Technician - Drew Rowan) Start Date 5.4.16

Rui Chen (Research Associate - Sophie Hambleton)  Soon!

Belinda Njumo (Part-time volunteer Researcher – Drew Rowan) Start Date 4.4.16

Thursday 7 April 2016

NENCCRN Research Practitioner of the Year 2016

Congratulations to Helen Hanson (ARUK NIHR Newcastle Experimental Arthritis Centre Research Nurse for John Isaacs) has just won an award from the North East and North Cumbria Clinical Research Network: Quality Improvement Awards 2016 – Research Practitioner of the Year.  This is for her work promoting Patient and Public Involvement in research and for her project in improving knowledge and awareness of research among all rheumatology staff and not only those staff.

Wednesday 6 April 2016

Varied Fare Today: Chemokines, Protease Inhibitors and Cardiac Monitoring


ICM Research Seminar

Speakers: Beatriz Martinez Burgo (Prof S Ali, Prof J Kirby, Prof N Sheerin)
Dr David Wilkinson (Prof D Rowan)
Nduka Okwose (Prof M Trenell, Dr D Jakovljevic, Dr D Houghton)

Venue: Dental Lecture Theatre F, Dental School
Date and Time: Wednesday 6th April 2016, 13.00 pm – 14.00 pm

Beatriz Martinez Burgo will discuss:

"Chemokine function modulation in the Acute Inflammatory Response: Implications in IRI after Transplantation"

Transplantation is currently the most efficient therapy for treating organ failure. However, one of its major limitations is early-stage inflammation, such as Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury (IRI), which results in increased production of chemokines, and also reactive species that can modify the chemokine function. In particular, CXCL1 and CXCL8 are critical inflammatory mediators in neutrophil migration in a range of surgeries, e.g. kidney transplantation. Understanding chemokine structure-function modulation, how to detect it, and also how to target this modulation may be key for more efficient therapeutic development.


Dr David Wilkinson will discuss:

“Investigating the role of endogenous serine protease inhibitors in cartilage biology”

Cartilage degradation is of critical importance in arthritic disease. Serine proteases are key enzymes involved in the proteolytic cascades leading to cartilage breakdown. Here, the role of endogenous serine protease inhibitors (serpins) is investigated in the context of Cartilage Biology.


Nduka Okwose will discuss:

“Evaluation of non-invasive cardiac function monitoring devices and their feasibility for cardiac rehabilitation”

A presentation of data from a validity study comparing Inert gas re-breathing and Bioreactance techniques for measuring cardiac output.


Chair: David Swan





Tuesday 5 April 2016

Poster prize winner!

Congratulations to Kat Cheung - poster prize winner at the Chester BSMB meeting. Her poster was entitled 'Exploring dynamic histone modifications in chondrogenesis using ChIP-seq.'