Clinical Collaboration

The College has a leading role in a number of significant multi-disciplinary research initiatives, including:

NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands

Following a successful five year pilot, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)awarded funding to 13 Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRCs) across England.

CLAHRC East Midlands will receive £24 million in funding for a period of 5 years (2013-18). It will improve patient outcomes by conducting research of local relevance and international quality into five main areas:
1.preventing chronic disease
2.managing chronic disease
3.caring for older people and stroke survivors
4.enhancing mental health
5.implementing evidence and improvement.

CLAHRC EM website

Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit (BRU)

NIHR has funded a unique collaboration between the Leicester Diabetes Centre at the University of Leicester, Loughborough University and the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust in support of research directed towards exploiting the potential of the physical activity and sedentary behaviour paradigms in the prevention and management of chronic disease and the Interaction Between Physical Activity, Appetite Regulation, Nutrition & Metabolic Health In Chronic Disease Settings.

Diet, Lifestyle, and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) website

Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit (BRU)


The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) has chosen Leicester as the home for a new £5.5 million national research centre for heart disease at Glenfield Hospital. More than 100 doctors and scientists are involved in research at the new centre. Key strands of research will include the genetics and inheritance of heart disease, high blood pressure and the introduction of new treatments including different types of cardiac stents. 

Cardiovascular Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) website

Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit (BRU)

Predominantly based in the new Respiratory Research Building at Glenfield Hospital, the Unit will focus on promoting the development of new and effective therapies for the treatment of respiratory diseases including severe asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The funding has allowed the development of a specially designed unit including clinical space and specialist team allowing first class investigations into lung disease.

Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) website

Cancer Research UK Leicester Centre

Research at the centre is tailored to unraveling novel cancer cell mechanisms with the aim of developing improved interventional strategies and biomarkers of disease. We also study the underlying genetic basis of cancer, so as to understand risk and improve early detection approaches.

Cancer Research UK Leicester Centre website

Leicester Experimental Cancer Medicine Network (ECME)

Leicester ECMC aims to develop novel therapeutic strategies to treat cancer, particularly with lung cancer and haematological malignancies. A cornerstone of the Centre’s research is to discover and develop novel phytochemicals as potential cancer chemopreventive agents and/or as potential adjuncts to chemotherapy. Biomarkers studies conducted aim to inform treatment decisions and monitor the effectiveness therapies.

Leicester Experimental Cancer Medicine Network website

Point of Care Integrated Diagnostics Development Unit project

A collaboration between clinicians and academics working at the life-science interface has begun to establish a diagnostics unit within the Emergency Department at the Leicester Royal Infirmary which will focus on non-invasive detection of disease.

Point of Care Integrated Diagnostics Development Unit project website

Leicester Biomedical Informatics Network for Education, Research and Industry (BINERI)

The Leicester Biomedical Informatics Network for Education, Research and Industry (BINERI) group brings together a wide range of biomedical informatics, healthcare data management, and information technology expertise from across the University. This network works in a unified way on topics such as bioinformatics training, data science, expertise sharing, data discovery and sharing, biobanking, big data analysis, ethics, governance, patient engagement, and information technology.

The Leicester Biomedical Informatics Network for Education, Research and Industry (BINERI) website

Lifesciences interface research theme within the College of Science and Engineering 

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