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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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PhD Studentship – Can AI enhance the ambulance care of suspected stroke patients?

The NIHR Applied Research Collaboration North East North Cumbria is offering a three year full time doctoral fellowship hosted by ourselves and the Newcastle University Stroke Research Group. The main purpose of the studentship is to examine whether artificial intelligence can help to assess suspected stroke patients in an ambulance. Using data from previous clinical […]

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Exploring COVID-19 testing in English care homes

Led by the NIHR London In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative, we have analysed the views of care home staff and identified opportunities for refining COVID-19 testing in care homes. In the first six months of 2020, there were almost 30,000 excess deaths within English and Welsh care homes. Around two thirds of these deaths were associated […]

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Walk All Over Cancer 2021

Our methodologist, Dr Jana Suklan, will be walking 10,000 steps every day this March to raise money for live-saving cancer research. Thousands of steppers across the nation are coming together this March to join the fight against cancer. Jana Suklan, Clinical Test Evaluation Methodologist within the NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (NIHR Newcastle MIC), […]

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Jog 50 miles in March 2021

Dr Joy Allen, our senior methodologist, is aiming to smash the “Jog 50 miles in March” target to raise awareness and funding for Sands, the UK’s leading stillbirth and neonatal death charity. Joy Allen, Senior Clinical Test Evaluation Methodologist at the NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (NIHR Newcastle MIC) is joining others who are […]

Companion diagnostics for advanced therapies webinar

We were delighted to co-host a webinar with the Advanced Therapy Treatment Centre network on the development of companion diagnostics for advanced therapies. Amanda Winter, a Diagnostic Evaluation Healthcare Scientist who is affiliated with the NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operaive (NIHR Newcastle MIC) and currently working at the Integrated COVID Hub North East Innovation […]

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Why is it important to assess new COVID-19 tests?

We wrote a recent opinion article with members of the CONDOR team to answer this question and share the progress we have made so far as part of this partnership. The COVID-19 National Diagnostic Research and Evaluation platform (CONDOR) was established in June 2020 by a national group with expertise in the evaluation of diagnostic […]

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