The Leeds Institute of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Medicine (LICAMM) focuses on laboratory, clinical and applied biomedical research into common chronic disorders and non-communicable disease. This includes research into cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, reproduction and early development, child health and lifecourse epidemiology.
The institute has a strong focus in population health and applied health research, underpinned by expertise in biomedical imaging, biostatistics and epidemiology, including exposure assessment. Our research leads to both prevention strategies in populations and improved treatment and disease management. We aim to increase the impact of our research by protecting our intellectual property to enable translation of our research into development of novel therapies and medical devices to address unmet clinical needs. This is achieved via the co-ordination of activity between our Institute, Faculty and the University Commercialisation Services.
As an integral part of the School of Medicine delivering cutting edge research, LICAMM is committed to the transfer of knowledge to students at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. LICAMM hosts postgraduate research students, runs postgraduate taught courses and makes significant contributions to undergraduate teaching, including the MBChB and intercalated BSc Clinical Science programmes in Medical Imaging and Cardiovascular Medicine.
LICAMM and the Athena SWAN Charter
In July 2011 the Chief Medical Officer announced that future NIHR, BRC and BRU funding for medical schools would be linked, as a condition, to the achievement of the Athena SWAN (Scientific Women's Academic Network) Charter Silver Award. This was due to concerns relating to how academic and NHS partners are currently supporting women in clinical academia to develop into and be appointed to senior leadership positions.
The University of Leeds is already a member of the Athena SWAN Charter and has accepted six key principles to improve gender equality.
LICAMM has an Athena SWAN self-assessment team who have been actively involved in developing the School of Medicine application for Athena SWAN Bronze award.
Their aims are to:
- Address gender inequalities within LICAMM.
- Help to change culture and attitudes across LICAMM to improve gender equality.
- Help to retain, progress and promote women in academia in LICAMM by working to remove personal and structural obstacles that act as barriers to a sustainable academic career
To read more about the Athena SWAN Charter please see their website.