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NIHR Leicester-Loughborough Diet, lifestyle and physical activity Biomedical research unit (BRU)

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Welcome to the BRU page here's a little bit more about us. We started life in April 2012 and have been busy recruiting staff and buying equipment in anticipation of the new and exciting research that we will be conducting over the next 5 years. Our team comprises of researchers, technical staff, doctors, nurses, administrators and laboratory scientists.

We are a partnership between Leicester Diabetes Centre at University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust and the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at Loughborough University.

The Leicester-Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity BRU (LL.DLPA.BRU) is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) family, more specifically belongs to the group of Biomedical Research Units and centres. The NIHR Biomedical Research Units (BRUs) undertake translational clinical research in priority areas of high disease burden and clinical need.


What are BRUs

The BRUs are based in leading NHS organisations and Universities enabling some of the best health researchers and clinicians to work together to develop new treatments for the benefit of patients.

The aims of BRUs:

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

The BRUs are focused on translational clinical research, taking new ideas from the laboratory bench to the patient’s bedside to improve health.

There are a total of 20 NIHR BRC / BRUs across the UK, and they are focused around priority disease areas:

  • Lifestyle, Diet and Nutrition
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Respiratory Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Disease
  • Musculoskeletal Disease
  • Deafness and Hearing problems
  • Dementia


 We have 2 very exciting research themes within our unit exploring:

  1. Physical activity and sedentary behaviour in the prevention and management of chronic disease
  2. Physical activity, appetite regulation, nutrition and metabolic health in chronic diseases

More details about the background and theme details can be found here

At the University Hospitals of Leicester we are particularly excited as we are the only NHS Trust outside of London to host 3 Biomedical Research Units in addition to Diet, lifestyle and physical activity UHL also hosts a respiratory and cardiovascular disease BRU.


We have a dedicated website where you can follow our research and find out more about what we are currently doing. Link to the 


Getting Involved

If you would like to get involved with the BRU or just want to know more please register using the contact form by following the link. 



InForm - Bru 1st Newsletter

Information about the new Biomedical Research Unit Download Document