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Newcastle awarded multimillion investment to establish HealthTech Research Centre

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The NIHR has awarded Newcastle close to £3M of government funding to develop and evaluate new innovative technology solutions for better diagnosis for people across the country.

The funding from…

Survey participants wanted to shape new diagnostics for patients with cystic fibrosis

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Opportunity to ensure that new diagnostics for lung infections are aligned with the needs of people living with cystic fibrosis.

Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is an inherited, chronic and progressive condition…

Evaluating technologies that hope to guide antibiotic use

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The NIHR Newcastle MIC are part of a national partnership awarded over £200,000 to design a platform for assessing tests that aim to steer antibiotic treatment.

Every…

Assessing the accuracy and cost of using near patient tests for influenza

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Faster diagnosis of flu in hospitals, using tests like the Alere i Influenza A & B NPT, could save the NHS money.

Background

Influenza (Flu) is a respiratory illness caused by…

Examining a blood test for detecting severe infection

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The MR-proADM test could help to identify patients with an infection who are deteriorating and at risk of sepsis.

Patients admitted to hospital with an infection have their National Early…

North East Innovation Lab achieves UKAS accreditation in recognition of its high standards

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Delighted to share that the North East Innovation Lab, part of Newcastle Hospitals, has achieved a major milestone with accreditation to an international standard.

The lab has been awarded accreditation…

Supporting the development of a new diagnostic that could guide antibiotic treatment

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We have helped the UK based company Paragraf obtain over £500,000 from Innovate UK to develop their rapid test for distinguishing between viral…

Appraising a new device for diagnosing pneumonia in the Intensive Care Unit

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We have helped an international team, led by the University of Edinburgh, obtain £3 million funding and explored the need for their new diagnostic.

Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) affects 20%…

Evaluating a rapid test for diagnosing a childhood respiratory virus

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Speeding up the diagnosis of respiratory syncytial virus, using tests like the Roche Cobas Liat system, could reduce the spread of infection and produce cost savings for NHS hospitals.

It…

Examining the potential benefits of a near bedside test for Clostridium difficile infection

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Faster diagnosis of Clostridium difficile should reduce the spread of infection and improve use of NHS resources in hospitals.

Clostridium difficile (C.diff) is a bacterium that can infect the bowel…

Examining the unmet clinical needs for COVID-19 testing

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Working with collaborators across the CONDOR partnership we have analysed the views of health and social care professionals and policy makers on COVID-19 tests.

There has been a concerted effort…

Informing the optimal sampling strategies for COVID-19 testing

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Samples for COVID-19 testing by RT-PCR should be taken as soon as symptoms start and from different sites of the body to have the best chance of correct diagnosis.

Accurate…