Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Future's Bright; Centre Set for Breakthrough as Scanner Appeal Continues: THE Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre Has Developed a Cutting-Edge Reputation in Just Five Years. KIM CARMICHAEL Speaks to Its Director Professor Roy Taylor

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

The Future's Bright; Centre Set for Breakthrough as Scanner Appeal Continues: THE Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre Has Developed a Cutting-Edge Reputation in Just Five Years. KIM CARMICHAEL Speaks to Its Director Professor Roy Taylor

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Byline: KIM CARMICHAEL

On the brink of announcing a major medical breakthrough, there is a buzz of excitement at the Newcastle Magnetic Resonance Centre.

It has been nearly five years since the facility was launched and in that time its work, researching conditions such as diabetes and dementia, has been celebrated on an international scale.

Now, as the centre prepares to mark its milestone anniversary, Professor Roy Taylor has revealed he is about to unveil the biggest discovery yet.

"We've made excellent progress in just five years," said Prof Taylor.

"The MR Centre is a bright star in the North East sky and is recognised on a worldwide scale.

"We now feel we are on the brink of a major breakthrough for type 2 diabetes. We can't say too much at the moment but the advance in understanding is likely to be profound."

One of the centre's other recent breakthroughs was discovering a natural way to help people with type 2 diabetes manage high blood sugar levels.

The scanner was used to detect the level of stored sugar, known as glycogen, in the body - leading to a major revelation.

Researchers found that a high-protein pre-breakfast snack helps control high blood sugar levels.

"This is the first time it has been demonstrated that using a simple snack will help the body deal with blood glucose and avoid drugs and side effects," said Prof Taylor.

The findings recently made the front page of the prestigious journal Diabetes Care, an American publication read by experts worldwide.

"It's a significant observation and it has attracted quite a bit of attention," said Prof Taylor.

"We can put the North East on a world stage because of innovations we have brought about."

The centre, based at Newcastle General Hospital, employs around 30 experts who were attracted to the region by the centre's top-class reputation. …

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