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The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative aims to ensure that better diagnostics are available as quickly as possible for patients. Our highly skilled methodologists efficiently evaluate new diagnostics. We work collaboratively with developers to generate a portfolio of evidence as they bring their diagnostics to the UK healthcare market. We are a member of the NIHR MedTech and In vitro diagnostics Co-operative (MIC) network and a partnership between Newcastle University and the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Additional partners include LifeArc and our Insight Panel for Patients, Public and Carers.

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Newcastle awarded multimillion investment to establish HealthTech Research Centre

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 the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) will commence on 1 April 2024 and support a five-year programme across Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals […]

Meet the MIC: Jay Hall

Jay is a postgraduate student at Newcastle University. Jay joined the MIC team in 2022 as part of her master’s degree in neuroscience. Her dissertation focused on understanding the diagnosis of depression and bipolar disorder. Jay is continuing this research through a PhD project. For World Mental Health Day, on 10 October, Jay discusses her […]

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

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 accounting for 10,000 hospital admissions each year in the UK. People with CF experience flare-ups when symptoms suddenly worsen. These flare-ups are caused by a […]

Meet the MIC: Sara Pretorius

Sara joined the NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (NIHR Newcastle MIC) as a methodologist in August 2022. Sara’s role at the MIC so far has focused on care pathway analysis and contributing towards the development and evaluation of novel diagnostics. Can you tell us a bit about your background and why you joined the […]

Survey participants wanted to prioritise unmet diagnostics needs in care homes

Opportunity to help prioritise the use of diagnostics in care homes. In June 2021, we successfully applied for over £50,000 from the National Institute for Health and Care Research Applied Research Collaboration for the North East and North Cumbria to examine the benefits and challenges of using diagnostic testing in care homes. The research is […]


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Tim Hicks

Clinical Scientist

Professor Chris Price

Clinical Advisor and Collaborator

Professor Nick Reynolds

Personalised and Stratified Medicine Theme Lead

Alf Bennett

Insight Panel Member