About us

Director: Professor Philip Conaghan

LIRMM is dedicated to improving diagnosis, therapy, intervention and outcome across the spectrum of rheumatic and musculoskeletal medicine. It boasts a dynamic portfolio of research and education, delivering wide-ranging clinical, translational and basic research across five Sections:

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

A multi-disciplinary approach is the core of our activities, with significant interdisciplinary links between Experimental and Clinical research. LIRMM’s clinical activities are focussed at Chapel Allerton Hospital, which is also base for our NIHR Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit (LMBRU) and our basic sciences at St James’s University Hospital.

The Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine works in close collaboration with the Department of Rheumatology within the Chapel Allerton CSU of the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The Institute now represents one of the largest clinical academic groups for rheumatology in the world. The Institute is proud to host hold or have held numerous grants including an Arthritis Research UK programme grant, the Leeds Experimental Osteoarthritis Treatment Centre, NIHR Funding under HTA, EME and Programme streams, NIHR Senior Investigators, Clinician Scientists and Doctoral Fellows as well as significant research funding from Charitable and commercial sources.