The BHRC is a £13m investment by the University of Leeds and Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT). The Centre aims to transform the future of medical and health research and its translation from the laboratory to the clinic by bringing together basic scientists (biologists, engineers, chemists, etc.) with not only clinicians but also with experts from economics, social and other health-relevant disciplines to ensure the full potential of their work is realised.
The BHRC formally bridges the four scientific Faculties of the University (Biological Sciences (FBS), Engineering, Medicine and Health (FMH), and Maths and Physical Sciences (MAPS)) with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT), the largest in Europe. Thus offering a unique and powerful research partnership and ensuring that each organisation’s capabilities are wholly utilised, while at the same time providing a multidisciplinary environment to create an internationally competitive centre of excellence in research, focusing on the discovery and development of novel diagnostics, therapeutic leads and other healthcare applications.
The Centre fosters pioneering new ways of harnessing clinical and research expertise across the four University Faculties and the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, creating excellent interactive opportunities to increase the volume, quality and speed of translation research that will lead to improvements in patient care in areas such as cancer, heart and joint disease.
This new approach to developing world-class research in response to current and future healthcare challenges reflects government strategy to support UK universities to deliver the highest standards of biomedical research and will position Leeds as a Biomedical and Health Research Centre nationally and internationally.