The National Horizons Centre (NHC) is an exciting new £22m research, teaching and training facility sitting at the heart of a cluster of excellence on Darlington’s Central Park alongside the National Biologics Manufacturing Centre and the Centre for Professional and Executive Development.
Established to work in partnership with the NHS, academia and industry to address the needs of the healthcare and biosciences sectors, the NHC offers state-of-the-art facilities and opportunities to collaborate with our thriving research community.
We are looking for clinicians, biomedical scientists and allied healthcare professionals to develop, lead and support research and innovation with the NHC.
You can find out more on the NHC page within the Teesside University website.
Collaborate with our academics and researchers working across our four research themes to make real-world impact.
Health and disease
Using cutting-edge techniques to understand the underlying biology of human diseases and pathogens working across basic, translational research and public health to improve patient outcomes.
Bioinformatics and data science
With a focus on harnessing data analysis and modelling we have expertise in omics data analysis and interpretation, digital healthcare, machine-learning, survival analysis, 3D imaging and virtual reality.
Biotechnology and analytics
Optimise and develop new applications and processes in healthcare, biopharmaceuticals and biotechnology in areas such as drug manufacturing, biopharmaceutical, biotechnology and biosensor development.
Our research addresses pressing global issues including climate change and emerging diseases through enhancing ecosystem resilience, improving global sustainability, as well as levelling-up healthcare across the region and beyond.
Avenues to explore
- Develop your research question and work alongside our academics.
- Gain support to develop ideas and write grants and Fellowships.
- Join our PhD student supervisory teams and develop research projects.
- Support research through patient sample and data collection.
- Develop biological studies within clinical trials to address unmet clinical questions.
- Become involved in networking and knowledge exchange events and research symposiums.
Skills and facilities
We have state-of-the-art laboratories, facilities and bioinformatics suite for research. Omics analyses and next-generation sequencing, cell culture facilities, flow cytometry and cell sorting, proteomics, histology, microscopy, bioprocessing, VR, 3D imaging, digital and mass spectrometry in our Waters Centre of Innovation.
We support professional CPD and apprenticeships as well as a range of taught undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, including masters and PhD projects.
We also offer support for bespoke CPD education days and professional training as well as the opportunity for you to teach the next generation of scientists and healthcare professionals.
Research at the National Horizons Centre at Teesside University
The National Horizons Centre is a centre of excellence for multi-disciplinary biosciences
research and we would like to work with you. Some example of areas of active research are:
Biomarker identification and screening
Implementation of integrated approaches to identify diagnostic and prognostic biomarkers (for example next-generation sequencing, mass spectrometry).
Digital healthcare and imaging
Application of big data, artificial intelligence, diagnostics, 3D imaging, microscopy, virtual reality, machine learning, bioinformatics and complex data integration.
Early detection and diagnosis
Detection of biomarkers at an early stage of disease development and progression (e.g. cell-free DNA, proteomics, microscopy) and development of cost-effective biosensors to be used in the clinic.
Disease models and drug discovery
Development disease models to study the biology of disease and investigate response
to drugs, including mechanisms of drug resistance (e.g. 3D spheroids, Drosophila, CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing).
Apply a range of technologies and approaches to develop biological studies alongside new and ongoing clinical trials.
Working with industry
Developing products to be translated to the clinic and optimising processes for manufacturing of biopharmaceuticals, advanced therapies and vaccines.
Other areas to explore
- Adult and paediatric cancers, e.g. ovarian, prostate, pancreatic, lymphoma, breast and others.
- Respiratory, gastrointestinal, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, dermatology, neonates and female health.
- Antibiotic resistance, host-pathogen interactions and microbiome.
- Drug repurposing, bioprocessing, biomanufacturing, biosimilars and biopharmaceuticals.
- Commercial partnerships with the biotechnology, biopharmaceutical and life sciences sector.
- Global health and other areas of unmet clinical and healthcare need.
Find out more
Professor Vikki Rand, head of research, National Horizons Centre
Email: [email protected]