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The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative is a member of the NIHR MedTech and In vitro diagnostics Co-operative (MIC) network. We offer expertise in generating high quality evidence that demonstrates the potential value of a new medical test. We have a particular focus on in vitro diagnostic tests. Our aim is to ensure that better diagnostics are delivered more quickly for the benefit of patients and their health.

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Senior Clinical Test Evaluation Methodologist

We have a fantastic opportunity for an experienced researcher to join and co-lead our vibrant team as a senior clinical test evaluation methodologist. This highly rewarding role involves exciting research that delivers real benefit to patients. The successful candidate will co-lead a skilled multidisciplinary team to evaluate clinical tests and medical devices. The work helps […]

Scoping and prioritising the use of near-patient diagnostics in care homes

We have successfully applied for over £50,000 from the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration for the North East and North Cumbria to examine the benefits and challenges of using near-patient testing in care homes. Over 400,000 people live in UK care homes. This group represents some of the most complex and vulnerable […]

Moving the Diagnostics North East conference online in 2021

Recently Diagnostics North East hosted a virtual conference to showcase the unique expertise available within the network for diagnostic developers. Over 180 individuals attended the Diagnostics North East conference on 13 October 2021. The conference was delivered using a bespoke online platform which enabled attendees to network and form new collaborations. The focus of this […]

Meet the methodologist: Kile Green

Kile joined the NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (NIHR Newcastle MIC) in February 2020 as a mixed methodologist. This means his role at the MIC combines quantitative research, where he collects and analyses numerical data, with qualitative research that seeks to understand human behaviour. How have you found your move to the MIC? The […]

Collecting the views of the public through the Multiverse Lab

During a week on the road, the Multiverse Lab team engaged with members of the public and gathered their views on future research. Research into cancer, dementia, and mental health were amongst the most common priorities of the public. Several visitors also felt the need for more research into Crohn’s Disease and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. […]

MedTech Integrates 2021

An expert panel discussed the impact of COVID-19 on the diagnostics sector at a one-day gathering of medical technology organisations, clinicians and regulators. On 22 June 2021 Dr Joy Allen reflected on the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic and the work of the NIHR Newcastle MIC at MedTech Integrates 2021.  As an expert panelist […]

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