Leicester Biomedical Research Centre

The Leicester BRC is at the frontier of research into illnesses linked to respiratory conditions, cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease and the consequences of inactivity.

The Leicester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) is a collaboration between Loughborough University, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the University of Leicester funded through an £11.6m grant from the National Institute for Health Research.

Its overall purpose is to translate scientific breakthroughs in these areas into diagnostic tests, preventions and life-saving treatments for patients.

The Centre’s activities cover four themes:

  • Lifestyle – exploring and developing innovative lifestyle interventions, focusing on diet and physical activity, to help prevent and treat chronic disease for the benefit of all.
  • Respiratory – focusing on promoting the development of new and effective therapies for the treatment of lung disease, including severe asthma, chronic cough and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
  • Cardiovascular – with reseach investigating common cardiovascular diseases, including coronary artery disease, hypertension, heart failure and ventricular arrhythmias.
  • Precision medicine – an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual differences in genes, environment, and lifestyle. The Centre has expertise in bioinformatics and molecular pathology.