Research at LIBACS

Research at the Leeds Institute of Biomedical & Clinical Sciences comprises 6 Sections which encapsulate clinical themes (Gastrointestinal inflammation & tumorigenesis, Genetic disorders, Infection & immunity, Neuroscience, Perinatal medicine and Perioperative outcomes & technologies) that are underpinned by generic science technology strands (Animal models, Cell Biology, Gene regulation and Genomics). Staff within the Institute belong to a clinical theme and technology strand grouping by pursuing both fundamental mechanistic research with a disease interest.


We are active in the study of a range of different human genetic pathologies and mechanisms. Our general belief is that quite deep insights into human biology are still to be had through the study of naturally-occurring genetically-determined phenotypes. While this has been so for many years, it continues to be a rich seam in the so-called "post-genomic era".

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Molecular Gastroenterology

Our research is focused on carcinogenesis, infection and functional disorders in the gastrointestinal tract.

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Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Research within Obstetrics & Gynaecology is based across LICAP and LIBACS, covering many facets of women’s health (and that of their babies), ranging from pregnancy complications, benign gynaecological disorders, through to cancer of the reproductive tract.

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Ophthalmology & Neuroscience

The aim of our research is to determine the causes of human inherited neurological disorders, and in so doing to gain insights into the processes of neurogenesis, neuronal homeostasis and function.

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Translational Anaesthesia and Surgical Sciences

Our vision is the development of a sustainable centre of excellence for the advancement of patient care in the fields of anaesthesia, surgery and related disciplines.

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Translational Medicine

Research in the Section has historically pursued a wide range of interests in molecular biology and genetics, the molecular basis of cancer and in aspects of translational research in the broadest sense.

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