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Faculty of Medical Sciences Restructure

From the 1 November 2019 the Faculty of Medical Sciences is changing. Three new research institutes support our research activity. They allow us to be responsive to global challenges.

A set of research themes unite researchers from different disciplines. They highlight our specialist knowledge and focus areas. 

Find out more about our new research institutes and themes.

The following websites are no longer active:

  • Institute for Ageing
  • Institute of Cellular Medicine
  • Institute for Cell and Molecular Biosciences
  • Institute of Health and Society
  • Institute of Genetic Medicine
  • Institute of Neuroscience
  • Northern Institute for Cancer Research

 If you followed a link to a page on one of these decommissioned websites, the following links should help you. If you were looking for:

For public engagement enquiries, please email

CNoS, Biochem Soc and NICAP workshop exploring collaboration across the arts and sciences 29th October 2019

The Cultural Negotiation of Science (CNoS), Northumbria University are hosting a one-day workshop and evening event in collaboration with the Biochemical Society and Newcastle University’s Institute for Creative Arts Practice (NICAP) that will take a practical approach to exploring ways of working across the arts and sciences.

“Ways of Working” This workshop presents an opportunity to address questions that are common to both artists and scientists – broader, ethical questions around ways of seeing, methods of working, and developing truly interdisciplinary practice. Whilst acknowledging that both practices are creative, the workshop will focus on ‘ways to practice’ that allow for time, space, error and specifically, what we can learn from questioning existing methods of working. Often, workshops that bring together researchers in the arts and sciences focus on illustrating or interpreting science. CNoS aims to challenge this approach through finding ways in which, from a basis of common ground, the arts and sciences can learn from each other. With an ethos of open-ended experimentation, engaging in critical dialogue around common themes, we will host a workshop approach that is research-led and exploration driven rather than outcome driven. Through activities that focus on thinking and making strategies and film documentation of participant activities and discussions, workshop participants will develop communication techniques and form process-led methodologies that will help them to arrive at critical questions that can form the basis of longer-term projects.

The workshops will build on the strengths of the CNoS’ existing inter-disciplinary workshop capabilities drawing on the experience of CNoS researchers, such as Dr. Louise Mackenzie and Dr. Daksha Patel (availability tbc) as demonstrated in the interdisciplinary artist-led genetic modification workshops: Transformation – Thinking through Making with Life, participatory sound and bio-media workshops: Tentacular Resonances, the perception of medical data capture: Biorhythmic Drawing, visual literacy workshops: The Art of Observation and the recent Bio-Aesth-Ethics mini-masterclass led by Mackenzie as part of ASCUS and Edinburgh University’s Bio Design Lab. This one-day event will draw on the broader network of CNoS practitioners and other members of Northumbria and Newcastle arts faculty in working with scientists towards innovative approaches to interdisciplinary research.



  • Identify shared interests in common themes across art/science, e.g. climate crisis / mental health / genetic determinism / inequality / capitalism and the pharmaceutical industry (e.g. Sackler) / circular economy
  • Form collaborative cross-disciplinary pairs/groups
  • Develop process-led methodologies and communication/translation strategies
  • Identify critical questions for interdisciplinary research projects
  • Produce 2-3 minute ‘taster’ film or presentation

This workshop is intended as a primer for ongoing collaborative relationships, leading to new interdisciplinary ways of working that will inform project-based outcomes. For example, CNoS has established a new format of art/science collaboration through Black Box, an ongoing science-themed sculptural cinema and performance project. During development of this project we identified the need to pose questions, rather than generate answers, in the public transmission of art and science. This collaborative workshop therefore could provide a means to connect artists and scientists towards the production of collaborative public-facing outputs (film, performance, sculpture, sound works, etc) that may be premiered at a future iteration of Black Box.


Provisional Outline Programme:

Morning (09:00 – 14:00): BALTIC 39 Experimental Studio


Guest Presentation/Case Studies

Group Activity – Meet/Mix ‘Speed Date’ style session to share ideas around common themes

Networking/Idea Exchange over Lunch

Afternoon (14:00 – 18:00): BALTIC 39 Experimental Studio and Northumbria University Campus

In pairs/teams:

Brief research exploration exercise to set pace for afternoon

Thinking through making: self-directed activities in film / sculpture / performance / lab-work etc.

Presentation and feedback to group

Continued research exploration

Evening Event (19:00 – 21:00): BALTIC 39 Experimental Studio

Film screening and/or performance (guest presentation)



To register, please visit: CNoS website or survey:


Workshop for sixth form students at Haberdashers’ Adams School in Shropshire – 7th October 2019

Alice Coomer and Chile Siachisumo from Elliot group at the IGM will be delivering a laboratory skills and career workshop at the Haberdashers’ Adams School in Shropshire on the 7th of October, performing some hands-on experiments and talking about their PhD projects, about applying for a PhD and about pursuing a career in academic research. More details to follow shortly.

Seminars at St Peter’s in York

This semester, we were invited by St Peter’s School students to present a series of seminars at their school in York, around the world leading work done at the IGM.

The first four talks are:

19/09 Dr Ricardo Gouveia – “A (Cell Culture) Room with a View”

27/09 Dr Simon Ramsbottom – “Gene therapies for kidney disease”

03/10 Dr Kasia Pirog –  “How do long bones grow? From mutation to therapy”

10/10 Chile Siachisumo – “”Mapping RNA-Protein interactions to understand cancer”

Thank you to all the speakers for volunteering to present their work! If you’d like to be involved and/or present at a later date, please email us at 

STEM opportunity at St Peter’s School in York

Students in Year 13 (ages 17-18) at St Peter’s School in York have recently founded a society for students interested in medicine & biochemistry. They invite the researchers from Newcastle University to give a 45min talk about their work to 20-30 students. The talks would be on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday or Friday at a 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM, with the exception of Friday 18th October to Sunday 3rd November or after and including Friday 13th December.

If you would like to be involved in this project, please email and we’ll allocate a slot.

Travel expenses covered.