What is an NIHR BRC?

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) 20 Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) are collaborations between world-leading universities and NHS organisations that bring together academics and clinicians to translate lab-based scientific breakthroughs into potential new treatments, diagnostics and medical technologies.

The centres receive substantial levels of sustained funding – £816 million over five years – to create an environment where experimental medicine can thrive. They attract the best scientists and produce world-leading research, contributing to the local and national economy.

BRC funding supports researchers of the highest calibre to develop innovative research ideas that can attract investment from other funders, furthering the nation’s economic growth.

The centres undertake research in research themes across a range of disease and therapeutic areas, such as genomics, stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine.

The research theme at the NIHR Leeds BRC is musculoskeletal diseases.

The other 19 BRCs across the country are:

Find out more about the NIHR BRC’s and their work in developing new treatments for patients