Neuropathology

 

Programme Director - Tuomo Polvikoski

Specialty Programme Coordinator - Joanne O'Brien

HR Officer - Kevin Johnson

The Neuropathology laboratory work is divided in three teams of BMS: (i) Brain and spinal cord, including neurosurgical biopsies; (ii) Muscle and Nerve; (iii) Electron microscopy. Consultants in the Department work in subspecialty/interest teams, one of which is Neuropathology.

The neuropathology diagnostic service has intimate links with the Newcastle BrainTissue Resource (NBTR), which is part of the national network of brain banks, the Paediatric Brain Tumour Group, which is part of the Northern Institute for Cancer research, and the nationally funded National Commissioning Group (NCG) services for (1) the Rare Mitochondrial Diseases and (2) Limb Girdle Muscular Dystrophies.

The NBTR is located at the Campus for Ageing and Vitality, and the NCG mitochondrial laboratory and Paediatric Brain Tumour Group within the Medical School, which is directly linked to the RVI. The NCG service for limb girdle muscular dystrophies is divided in 2 locations: (1) Muscle Immunoanalysis Unit at the Dental School (also directly linked to the RVI) and (2) the genetics service at the Centre for Life

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