Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI)
The SAS Lipids and Cardiovascular Biomarkers Laboratory is part of the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust. Located in the Leazes Wing, Royal Victoria Infirmary, within the Medical School complex, the SAS Laboratories are closely associated with the research laboratories in University of Newcastle Schools of Clinical and Laboratory Sciences and Clinical Medical Sciences.
The Director of the Laboratory is Dr Dermot Neely who is a Consultant Chemical Pathologist, Head of the Clinical Biochemistry Department and Honorary Clinical Lecturer in the in University of Newcastle School of Clinical and Laboratory Sciences. He is also Lead Consultant for the Lipid and Metabolic Outpatient Clinic, Royal Victoria Infirmary, which provides a secondary and tertiary dyslipidaemia referral service for the North-East. His major research interests are familial hypercholesterolaemia and dyslipidaemia associated with insulin resistance and the metabolic syndrome.
Deputy Director Dr Michael Laker is Medical Director of Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Trust, Reader in Clinical Biochemistry, University of Newcastle School of Clinical and Laboratory Sciences. His main research interests have been cholesterol metabolism, dyslipidaemia in diabetes mellitus and adapting analytical techniques to biomedical research. He has many years experience in the investigation and management of lipid disorders, having been actively involved in the Lipid and Metabolic Outpatient Clinic, Royal Victoria Infirmary since his appointment as a Consultant in Newcastle in 1980.
Dr David Cook is a Principal Clinical Scientist with responsibility for research and development for the SAS Lipids and Cardiovascular Biomarkers service and has a particular interest in immunoassay, immunoaffinity, and ultracentrifugation techniques. Dr Morteza Pourfarzam, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Head of the Sir James Spence Paediatric Metabolic Laboratory, has a specialist interest in the measurement of plasma sterols and precursors. Expert technical assistance is provided by Mr David Genner, Senior Biomedical Scientist.
Director: Dr Dermot Neely, +44 (0)191 282 4554
Deputy Director: Dr Michael Laker, +44 (0)191 282 4566
Department of Clinical Biochemistry
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals
Royal Victoria Infirmary
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 4LP