Meet the Teams

Neurodegeneration

Newcastle has a 30 year track record of international excellence and achievement into brain ageing research, particularly the in fields of neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer type dementia and dementia with Lewy body.

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Neurogenetics Group

Newcastle is a centre of excellence for research in neurology with expertise in the genetic basis of inherited disorders, particularly those arising from mitochondrial dysfunction, with Newcastle being a national referral centre for rare mitochondrial disorders.

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Neuromuscular

The neuromuscular research group within the Institute of Human Genetics is a multidisciplinary team involving clinical and laboratory-based researchers. Our research in neuromuscular genetics embraces clinical and molecular genetic studies of inherited muscle diseases, and mitochondrial genetics.

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The Mitochondrial Group

The Mitochondrial Research Group (MRG) has developed into a major centre in Newcastle, which aims to use molecular and cell biology techniques to understand inherited neuromuscular diseases.

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Cognitive Group

The Cognition group conducts world leading research on higher order auditory processing, as well as brain slice based neurophysiology. Clinical specialist clinics are offered for adult and paediatric cognitive disorders.

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Epilepsy Group

The growth of the epilepsy group is reflected in the recent establishment of an annual epilepsy conference at a local venue, bringing together the various scientists and clinicians involved in epilepsy. Research themes include the pathophysiological oscillations in human epileptic cortical networks and addressing the pathogenic mechanisms underlying epilepsy associated with auto-immune encephalitis.

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Neurovascular Group

Newcastle has particular strengths in academic stroke medicine, led by Professor Ford, and as an internationally recognised training centre for vascular radiology. High ratings are also achieved for clinical stroke care.

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Movement Disorders Group

The movement disorders group has particular strengths in the neurophysiology of motor control in both the normal and diseased state, and in Parkinson's Disease.

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MS Group

The MS groups spans both clinical trial and basic science work. Further information is contained below.

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Sleep Group

The sleep group consists of one of the largest integrated clinical sleep services in the UK, based at the Freeman Hospital and research groups with both the Universities of Newcastle and Northumbria, the latter focussing on psychological aspects and therapies for sleep disorders.

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