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Newcastle Molecular Pathology Node

The Newcastle Molecular Pathology Node is an exciting partnership between Newcastle University and Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals (NUTH) NHS Foundation Trust to drive advances in Molecular Pathology and bring research back into the heart of pathology laboratories.

Funded by the Medical Research Council and Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, and working with Newcastle Academic Health Partners, the Newcastle Molecular Pathology Node has been established to address key challenges currently facing Molecular Pathology in order to support the development of stratified medicine in the UK.

The scale of the distancing of Pathology from the clinical research base is demonstrated, in part, by the erosion in the number of Pathology and infection/microbiology specialist medical clinical academics in UK medical schools from a total of c. 372 FTEs in 2000 to c. 138 in 2013, representing a 41 per cent reduction. The background reduction in total medical clinical academics over the same period was 12 per cent, as presented in A Survey of Staffing Levels of Medical Clinical Academics in UK Medical Schools as at 31 July 2013.

This survey also identified an increasing age profile of clinical academic staff, reinforcing the need to enhance academic training programmes for effective succession planning, and noted that Pathology required particular attention, due to the small number of academic trainees in this speciality. These figures exemplify the challenge in ensuring that academic pathology remains an attractive career choice for young clinicians and ensuring an environment where clinical service can interdigitate with emerging science.

Postgraduate Online Learning Programme

If you are interested in stratifed and personalised medicine and how it can optimise the diagnosis and treatment of individual patients, then this course is for you.

CPD Modules / PGCert / PGDip / MSc

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