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Prof John Isaacs

He works at Newcastle University

Watch his 2014 talk: "The Patient Who Changed My Life"

Prof John Isaacs

Professor John Isaacs is a clinical scientist with a passion for translational research driven by his curiosity and the needs of his patients. He began his medical career at St George’s Hospital in London, taking in a stint at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston as part of the Hammersmith-Harvard exchange programme, before completing his PhD at Cambridge. It was at Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge that John met a patient who changed the direction of his research – and his life – forever. That meeting spurred him on to become one of the best known names in his new-found field – Clinical Rheumatology. He went on to become Professor of Clinical Rheumatology and Director of the Institute of Cellular Medicine at Newcastle University. In his spare time, John enjoys music and running. He is a regular Great North Run participant, and plays saxophone for “The Joy of Sax” based at the Sage Gateshead.

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Jess Gillam is a charming 15-year-old saxophonist from Cumbria and was named one of the shortlisted musicians in the 2014 BBC Young Musician of the Year competition. She was awarded a scholarship from Award for Young Musicians, a London music charity, as ‘the best young musician in the North West’. Jess uses this support to allow her participation in the Junior Royal Northern College of Music (JRNCM), where she studies saxophone and piano.

Jess runs her own concert series in Ulverston where the line-up this year includes Snake Davis – the most prolific session saxophonist of the last 25 years – and Courtney Pine – Britain’s most famous saxophone player. She is also set to play with music legend Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra this summer in Carlisle.

Jess became the youngest ever endorsee for Yanagisawa saxophones when she was aged 13.

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