At the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine (LIRMM) our world-leading research in rehabilitative and Musculoskeletal medicine is dedicated to improving diagnosis, therapy, intervention and outcome across the spectrum of rheumatic and musculoskeletal medicine. We deliver a dynamic portfolio of research and education, including wide-ranging clinical, translational and basic research with a focus on: Clinical musculoskeletal medicine, Experimental musculoskeletal medicine, Clinical biomechanics and physical medicine, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation medicine. 

Our research is augmented by working in collaboration with other schools and departments including the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering and the School of Dentistry. 

The Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering has expertise in the area of musculoskeletal systems with research focusing on Joint Replacement, Tissue Re-engineering and Functional Spinal Interventions. The School of Dentistry is focused on understanding the fundamental mechanisms of oral and other diseases, particularly musculoskeletal, in order to improve treatment, restore function and address the needs for prevention.

Importantly we also work in close partnership with the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, particularly as a strategic partner in the Leeds NIHR Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit (LMBRU), an NIHR funded centre of excellence for translational musculoskeletal research which strives to deliver excellence in patient based research.

Director                 Prof Paul Emery
Deputy Director    Prof Maya Buch

Section Heads:
Inflammatory Arthritis - Prof Paul Emery
Clinical & Translational Rheumatology - Prof Maya Buch
Musculoskeletal Medicine & Imaging - Prof Philip Conaghan
Experimental Rheumatology - Prof Dennis McGonagle
Molecular & Personalised Medicine - Prof Ann Morgan
Clinical Biomechanics & Physical Medicine - Prof Anthony Redmond
Orthopaedics - Prof Peter Giannoudis
Rehabilitation Medicine - Prof Rory O'Connor



School of Dentistry – Prof Jennifer Kirkham
Institute of Mechanical and Biological Engineering – Prof John Fisher

Latest news

New School of Medicine Professor

It is our pleasure to announce the promotion of Christopher Gale to Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine with the School of Medicine (Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine).

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Latest events

Leeds Female Leaders Network Event

All are welcome to our next networking event with special guest Clare Marx CBE DL PRCS, President of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Starts at 1:30 pm.

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