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The CIMA Seminar Series programme for 2017 will be available shortly. Some individual seminars will be broadcast live across the CIMA sites, and the majority will be recorded. Access to recorded seminars will be through this website.
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MRC Festival of Medical Research Events 20/21/23 June

Events - June 13th 2018

CIMA is participating in this years MRC Festival of Medical Research with a number of events taking place in Newcastle, Sheffield and Liverpool to showcase how CIMA research is contributing to understanding how and why our bones, joints and muscles function less well as we age and why older people develop clinical diseases of these musculoskeletal tissues, such as arthritis, osteoporosis or age-related muscle fibrosis.

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NuGO week 2018 - Mitochondria, Nutrition and Health

News - May 31st 2018

Newcastle University are hosting NuGO Week 2018 from 3-6 September this year .

The focus for the conference is "Mitochondria, Nutrition and Health" and Prof Doug Turnbull will be giving the opening Plenary Lecture.

Deadline for submission of abstracts is the 11th June.

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Fully-funded 4-year PhD Studentship for Sept 2018 start

News - May 31st 2018

CIMA has one 4-year PhD studentship available for September 2018 start. The deadline to apply is the 25th June. Studentships comprise tuition fees, stipend and a generous consumables and travel budget.

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Funding from BBSRC awarded to investigate how protein intake during foetal and early neonatal life can lead to loss of muscle mass and function of offspring.

News - November 22nd 2016

The reduction in muscle mass and strength that occurs during ageing has a major impact on the quality of life of older individuals. Older people demonstrate loss of confidence in walking and reduced mobility which in turn leads to loss of independence and social isolation. These changes occur partly because we lose a large proportion of the muscle cells (called muscle fibres), but also the muscle cells that we retain are weak. It is currently unknown how muscle fibres are lost during ageing but there is considerable evidence that poor maternal nutrition leads to a number of changes in muscle of the offspring that result in reduced function. Muscle strength is also compromised in older individuals who did not grow well in early life, and studies suggest that maternal, developmental and nutritional factors are important.

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