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The Leeds Institute of Biomedical & Clinical Sciences (LIBACS) is an Institute within the School of Medicine and Faculty of Medicine and Health, and was derived from the former Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine (LIMM) in 2013. The structural organisation of the Faculty is depicted here. The other Institutes within the School provide a strong research framework for collaboration.

LIBACS is a multidisciplinary institute dedicated to basic, translational, clinical and health research integrated with student education. The Institute which consists of 6 sections occupies state of the art research facilities based predominantly at the St James’s University hospital site. Research is carried out in laboratory space on levels 8 & 9 of the Wellcome Trust Brenner Building and in the adjoining Clinical Sciences Building. There is also a satellite facility in the Old Medical School at the Leeds General Infirmary. Site maps are located here.

LIBACS has 32 members of academic staff who have made a significant contribution to the generation of an annual research income of £50m in the Faculty of Medicine and Health. There is substantial scientific and clinical research within LIBACS in genetics, molecular gastroenterology, obstetrics and gynaecology, ophthalmology and neuroscience, anaesthesia and surgical sciences and translational medicine.

LIBACS also contributes to medical and scientific education, principally within the Leeds School of Medicine MBChB course, and is developing more extensive taught undergraduate and postgraduate educational opportunities.

LIBACS and the Athena Swan Charter

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The University of Leeds is a member of the Athena Swan charter and has accepted key principles to improve gender equality. LIBACS has an Athena Swan self assessment team lead by Dr Ewan Morrison who helped develop the recently successful Athena Swan silver application that was awarded to the School of Medicine. 

More information on the Anthena Swan Charter can be found here and the announcement of the School's success at Silver level found here.