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Health & Social Care Research Across North East & North Cumbria.


Meet the Team

In collaboration with charities, academic institutions and the life sciences industry, ageing research focuses on the mechanisms of ageing, specific interventional clinical trials and the effectiveness of ageing research both in and out of hospital settings.

Research areas of focus include; frailty, health promotion, early markers of poor health, links between disease and social functioning, environmental factors that influence ageing well and the effectiveness of current care models. 

Gillian Johnson

Research delivery manager

CRN North East and North Cumbria

Claire McDonald

Ageing specialty group lead

Newcastle University

Gillian Johnson's research experience

I have experience in leading and supporting both commercial and non commercial research opportunities across a number of medical specialities, including ageing, dermatology, gastroenterology, infection, liver, neurological and respiratory disorders working collaboratively with our local NHS trusts, universities and stakeholders to increase recruitment to National Institute for Health and Care Research portfolio studies through novel ways of working.

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Claire McDonald's research experience

I am a geriatrician and clinical lecturer with an interest in autonomic dysfunction and cognitive impairment in older adults and people with Parkinson’s disease. In 2006 I completed my undergraduate medical studies at Newcastle University.

I have trained clinically throughout the North East of England and in 2011 took time out of clinical training to undertake a PhD examining the prevalence and associations of neuro-cardiovascular instability in older adults. In 2014 I became a registrar in geriatric medicine and in 2015 was awarded a post as a NIHR academic clinical lecturer

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How to get involved





Visit the national specialty page here

Commercial research

Contact our industry operations manager if you would like to collaborate on a study maximise the inclusion of older people and those with multiple long term conditions.

Get in touch

Contact Newcastle’s Biomedical Research Centre if you are a clinician or academic looking to collaborate with world leading universities and NHS trusts.

Be Part of Research

Signpost your patients to Be Part of Research as research cannot happen without volunteers!

Be aware of research inequalities

Familiarise yourself with the INCLUDE guidance, which can help identify the needs of the ageing population and other under-served groups who could benefit from research.