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.

Lead Academics:

Director – Prof Paul Emery
Clinical Musculoskeletal Medicine – Dr Maya Buch
Experimental Musculoskeletal Medicine – Prof Dennis McGonagle
Clinical Biomechanics and Physical Medicine – Prof Tony Redmond
Rehabilitation Medicine – Dr Rory O'Connor
School of Dentistry – Professor Jennifer Kirkham
Institute of Mechanical and Biological Engineering – Prof John Fisher

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