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Introducing The New Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) At The Leicester Diabetes Centre 

The Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) ll-dlpa-bru is based at the Leicester Diabetes Centre (LDC) at the General Hospital. 

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester- Loughoborough - Diet Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) has opened its doors for business to look at how physical activity, diet and lifestyle can impact upon the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases.


By harnessing the power of experimental science we will explore and develop innovative lifestyle interventions to help prevent and treat chronic disease for the benefit of all. The BRUs undertake translational clinical research in priority areas of high disease burden and clinical need.

The aims of the BRUs are to:  

  • Drive innovation in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of ill health
  • Translate advances in medical research into benefits for patients

Our research

Our unique strength is the ability to apply basic experimental research from one extreme phenotype (the fit) to the other (those with high risk of, or diagnosed, chronic disease). Provide the experimental foundation for extending the range and types of therapeutic interventions available in the prevention and treatment of chronic disease.

About us

State of the art exercise equipment has been installed and new staff have been appointed at both the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust (UHL) and Loughborough University’s School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS).
The NIHR Leicester – Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity BRU was awarded £4.5 million NIHR funding over five years from April 2012 plus £1.38 million capital funding by the Department of Health.
The NIHR Leicester – Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity BRU will focus on improving health for patients with long term conditions such as diabetes by using and improving upon therapeutic lifestyle interventions. For example, these interventions could increase the amount of movement and physical activity people take part in, reduce time in sedentary behaviours, and use other approaches such as the interplay of exercise and appetite control, and minimising weight re-gain after bariatric (such as gastric band) surgery.

The important work of the BRU will be integrated with and complement the UK’s first ever National Sports and Exercise Medicine Centre of Excellence based at Loughborough University, an Olympic legacy project recently announced by Health Secretary Andrew Lansley.

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