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 and Head of Immune Mediated Disease – Prof Paul Emery

Deputy Director and Head of Translational Rheumatology – Prof Maya Buch

Head of Musculoskeletal Medicine and Imaging - Prof Philip Conaghan

Head of Orthopaedics - Prof Peter Giannoudis

Head of Experimental Rheumatology – Prof Dennis McGonagle

Head of Molecular and Personalised Medicine - Prof Ann Morgan

Head of Rehabilitation Medicine – Prof Rory O'Connor

Head of Clinical Biomechanics and Physical Medicine – Prof Tony Redmond


School of Dentistry – Prof Jennifer Kirkham
Institute of Mechanical and Biological Engineering – Prof John Fisher

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