NIHR Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT) and the University of Leeds were awarded funding to establish the NIHR Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit (LMBRU) in 2008. The funding is based on strong collaborative links and the foundations of excellence in musculoskeletal research activities between the LTHT and the University of Leeds. This grant formalises collaborative links between two world class research units: the Section of Musculoskeletal Disease (MSKD) and the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (iMBE), both of whom have the delivery of patient focussed research driven by scientific evidence as the core of their activities. Activities within LMBRU are centred around research programmes which bring together existing strengths within Leeds to create an integrated unit which will become the UK’s leading musculoskeletal research facility and contribute to the international knowledge economy through transforming basic biomedical research into responsive patient care.
The mission statement of the LMBRU remains to be a world leading centre for translational research into individually targeted, patient focussed therapies across musculoskeletal diseases. Activities within LMBRU contribute to the international knowledge economy through transforming basic biomedical research into responsive patient care. Programmes of work are conducted through the following groups:
(i) Musculoskeletal Clinical Research Group
(ii) Bioengineering and Surgical Intervention Group
(iii) Regenerative Medicine Group
(iv) Experimental Rheumatology Group
(v) Musculoskeletal Imaging and Tissue Characterisation Group