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The National Institute for Health and Care 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 benefits 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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Examining the views of the UK ambulance services on COVID-19 testing

At the height of the pandemic, we analysed the opinions of service staff on the practicalities and potential value of testing for SARS-CoV-2 in an ambulance. The life science industry made a massive contribution to the worldwide response to the COVID-19 pandemic including manufacturing tests for SARS-CoV-2. Some of these tests included lateral flow devices, […]

Evidence Generation for Diagnostics Developers

We introduced key concepts associated with evaluating new diagnostics to over 40 individuals from a variety of organisations at our training course. On 26-27 October 2022 we delivered a two-day online course which introduced key concepts associated with evaluating diagnostics. We provided an overview of the portfolio of evidence that needs to be generated before […]

Supporting the prevention and management of cardiovascular disease

In collaboration with the Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria, we have produced an overview of near-patient tests for cholesterol. Heart and circulatory disease, also known as cardiovascular disease, causes a quarter of all deaths in the UK. The NHS Long Term Plan aims to tackle this by identifying more […]

Meet the MIC: Clare Lendrem

Dr Clare Lendrem started working with the NIHR Newcastle In Vitro Diagnostics Co-operative (NIHR Newcastle MIC) five years ago as a statistical methodologist. Clare is now a senior methodologist and co-leads our core team. Can you tell us a bit about your background and why you joined the MIC? Sure – I have a PhD […]

From bench to bedside: Collaboration with the North East Innovation Lab, part of Newcastle Hospitals

In partnership, we have secured approximately £20,000 to enhance our expert support to diagnostic test developers. This funding will enable us to work jointly with innovators to accelerate the development of their diagnostics for tackling a wide range of health conditions in the region, nationally and internationally. The NIHR Newcastle MIC, a partnership between Newcastle […]

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Professor Chris Price

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Dr Lisa Shaw

Clinical Advisor and Collaborator

Rosemary Nicholls

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Dr Cameron Williams

Clinical Test Evaluation Methodologist