The NIHR Leeds Biomedical Research Centre opened in 2008. In 2017 it was upgraded to Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) status. The NIHR Leeds BRC is an international centre of excellence which exists to provide infrastructure to support translational research across musculoskeletal disease.
In 2017, the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust was awarded a further £6.7 million for five years. Since 2008, this has meant a total of £21.1 million of funding has been awarded to the Leeds NIHR infrastructure.
The Leeds NIHR BRC is hosted at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust in partnership with the University of Leeds. The two institutions are brought together through a formal research framework agreement. Through this agreement, the Leeds BRC has developed an outstanding reputation for translating basic biomedical research into innovative clinical practice and improved patient care.
The Leeds Partnership is internationally recognised in musculoskeletal research which is a priority area for both organisations. An analysis of publications as part of the NIHR BRC competition found the University of Leeds was the most highly cited Higher Education Institution for musculoskeletal disease publications, with Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust the most highly cited NHS Trust, ranking first and third respectively across all institutions.