Research groups

Group name Group summary
Academic - Surgery Colorectal Research Group Our groups aims to improve outcomes surgical treatment for colorectal disease, investigating and developing novel technologies and treatments.
Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation Our research addresses frailty and other associated physical and mental health co-morbidities in the ageing population. This includes residents in the their own homes and care homes. We also investigate post-stroke care and rehabilitation across all age groups.
Academic Unit of Health Economics Our health economics research unit delivers economic evaluations, health technology assessments, systematic reviews, health outcomes, applied econometrics and test evaluations
Amelogenesis Research Group The group aims to understand tooth, and specifically enamel, formation and function by studying conditions such as amelogenesis imperfecta, an inherited failure of enamel development.
Appetite Control and Energy Balance The Appetite Control and Energy Balance (ACEB) research group is part of the Human Appetite Research Unit (HARU). It’s areas of special focus include peptides and gastrointestinal physiology, food choice and hedonics and physical activity and sedentary behaviour.
Applied Health Econometrics Group The Applied Health Econometrics Group in the Academic Unit of Health Economics discusses quantitative methods in health and health care with a particular focus on causal inference and implementation in economic evaluation. We host presentations of modern empirical methods and discuss methodological issues.
Autoimmune Connective Tissue Diseases The Autoimmune Connective Tissue Diseases Group’s research focuses on a series of overlapping systemic diseases which result in inflammation of multiple organs. Through the use of laboratory studies, clinical trials and outcome measures research this group’s research topics cover a broad range of themes, from novel imaging tools to elucidating the role type I interferons play in the pathogenesis of a range of autoimmune diseases.
Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering The Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering research group aims to better understand the repair, regeneration or replacement of skeletal tissues. Our focus is primarily in bone, cartilage, teeth and complex tissue. The group comprises several different research strands, including biomaterial development and characterisation, interaction between biomaterials and cell in vitro and in vivo, comparisons of different stem cell populations, molecular
Biomedical Imaging Science Department Our research group's focus is on improving the understanding of normal physiology, mechanisms of disease and treatment effects through the development and application of precise biomedical imaging markers.
Biomineralisation The Biomineralisation research theme encompasses skeletal tissue biology from formation to destruction and genotype to phenotype at all stages of the translational pipeline.
Brain Cancer Research Group We are a consortium of investigators working to understand the processes that promote the development of different brain cancers, translating our findings for the benefit of brain cancer patients.
Cancer Epidemiology Group Led by Professor Eva Morris, the Cancer Epidemiology Group uses large scale datasets to research cancer, particularly bowel cancer. The group has extensive experience of using routine, NHS datasets to inform screening, treatment and service planning.
Cancer Survivor Intelligence Group The Cancer Survivor Intelligence (CSI) Group is led by Professor Adam Glaser and focuses on the collection of information from individuals living with and beyond cancer in order to generate enhanced intelligence on the consequences of cancer survival.
Care Home Research The Care Home research group is part of the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation, and have established a strong and growing portfolio of research relevant to the residents of care homes. Our projects
Clinical and Population Science Department Our work has led to significant patient benefit through the delivery of transdisciplinary research in a number of key areas, including in epidemiology, biostatistics, health services and clinical practice.
Cognitive Neuroimaging The Cognitive Neuroimaging (CoNI) group focuses on the application of neuroimaging technologies such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, electroencephalography, functional Near Infra-Red Spectroscopy (fNIRS) and transcranial magnetic/direct current stimulation and the role they play in the study of Psychology.
Complex Interventions Division Our work in Complex Interventions involves both definitive, large-scale, national, randomised controlled trials and earlier-phase research, including pilots, feasibility studies and intervention development; epidemiological studies and evidence synthesis; together with methodological research investigating real-world challenges of complex intervention evaluations.
Decision Modelling Group Our Decision Modelling Group in the Academic Unit of Health Economics is a methodological group which provides a forum for methods development and peer support in the area of health economic decision modelling and simulation.
Dental Education Research Dental education research at Leeds looks into the way that dental education and scholarship is developing and encourages a reflective approach to dental education. Focusing on areas such as curriculum development and the improving feedback practices for dental students to enhance their professional and clinical development.
Dental Public Health and Health Services Our Dental Public Health and Health Services research group focuses on research across oral health issues related to public health, oral migration and inequalities, and oral health in the UK and overseas.
Dermato-Rheumatology The Dermato-Rheumatology Group focused on diseases and conditions which affect the skin and musculoskeletal compartment, working to identify triggers and mechanism which cause the onset of these diseases. Through the research and development of non-invasive diagnostic procedures for psoriatic arthritis and lupus erythematosus, this group aims to improve detection and responses to therapy associated with early detection.
Discovery and Translational Science Department Our internationally recognised researchers perform high-calibre basic and translational studies in a number of areas, including in ion channels, endothelial biology, thrombosis, inflammation and developmental biology.
Division of Health Services Research The Division of Health Services Research at the University of Leeds provides expertise in qualitative and quantitative research methodology for projects focussing on health, healthcare, healthcare systems, healthcare technologies, service delivery and the inter-relationships between them.
Division of Primary Care, Palliative Care and Public Health The Division of Primary Care, Palliative Care and Public Health aims to promote the delivery of high quality health care and improve population outcomes through internationally excellent research and teaching. Our approach is underpinned by strong, sustained partnerships with clinicians, policy-makers and the public.
Early Phase Cancer Division Our work in Early Phase Cancer involves non-randomised and randomised controlled trials, which assess toxicity and tolerability and activity in interventions including chemotherapy, radiotherapy and biological agents. Our trials have innovative and novel methodologies which efficiently answer questions which provide evidence for interventions to be further evaluated or implemented.
Epidemiology and Biostatistics The Section of Epidemiology and Biostatistics brings together biologists, laboratory scientists, clinicians, psychologists, epidemiologists, biostatisticians and statisticians to develop, conduct and interpret research studies. We have a particular interest in cancer research.
Evidence Synthesis Group The Evidence Synthesis Group in the Academic Unit of Health Economics has expertise in systematic review and evidence synthesis methods. We have extensive experience in literature searching, reference management, abstract screening and data extraction, and are happy to work with academic, NHS or industry partners.
Foot and Ankle Studies in Rheumatology The Leeds Foot and Ankle Studies (FASTER) initiative is a strategic programme based on development of fundamental science, novel outcome measures, conduct of randomised controlled trials, and coordinated activity which aims to improve foot care services nationwide.
Health and Social Psychology The Health and Social Psychology research group conducts research which focuses on pain, stress and health, understanding and changing health behaviours, the use of medical technologies, qualitative understanding of health, biological influences on health, and examining outcomes of psychotherapy.
Healthcare Associated Infection Research Group Our group's research projects are diverse, including multiple aspects of Clostridium difficile infection, including pathogenesis, epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment and prevention, infection diagnostics, antibiotic resistance and the gut microbiome, staphylococcal and intra-abdominal infections, and the clinical development of new antimicrobial agents.
Imaging World class imaging in rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.
Implementation Science The Implementation science group aims to take an evidence based approach to assessing how research and understanding is best translated to improve every day care.
Infant Feeding The Infant Feeding group conducts research in order to understand the psychological processes involved in a number of aspects of infant feeding including hunger, appetite, food preference and satiation.
Infection and Immunity Group The Infection and immunity group investigates these phenomena at the molecular level aiming to exploit our findings in the understanding and treatment of human diseases. Our research encompasses virology, structural biology, immunology, cancer biology and immunotherapy.
Inflammatory Musculoskeletal The unit has the principle of accurate phenotyping to predict prognosis through all stages of disease. The ultimate ambition is prevention of disease. The work is based on a nationwide network of primary care referrals. Arthritis prevention centres are being developed. Several stratified intervention studies have been undertaken.
Language and Memory The Language and Memory Lab (LaMLab) at the Institute of Psychological Sciences, University of Leeds, involves an active group of staff members and postgraduate students working on all aspects of memory and language research, in healthy individuals at each point in their lifespan and more specialised population groups.
Late Phase Cancer Division Our work in Late Phase Cancer involves large randomised controlled trials, which compare two or more interventions including chemotherapy, radiotherapy or biological agents. Our trials have innovative designs which efficiently evaluate novel interventions and evaluate personalised medicine approaches.
Leeds Psychosis Research Group The Leeds Psychosis Research Group carries out research which aims to understand the causes of psychiatric disorders and intellectual disability.
Microbiology and Cell Biology The Microbiology and Cell Biology research group aims to understand the roles that microbes and host responses play in infectious disease. This work involves characterising and controlling oral biofilms, investigating host microbe homeostasis, cellular signalling and researching the links between periodontal diseases and systemic disease.
Myeloma UK Concept and Access Research Programme In partnership with Myeloma UK, our research at the Leeds Myeloma UK CARP aims to delivery more trials, more quickly to patients with multiple myeloma and to focus on asking and answering the questions which matter most and bring earlier access to novel treatments for patients. We are the only clinical trials unit in the UK to carry out the full range of myeloma trials, from early to late phase giving more opportunities for patients to access new and innovative treatments and have a long history of successful collaborations with industry, academic institutions and charities.
Non-Inflammatory Musculoskeletal Our research group aims to improve the treatment and outcomes of people with common disorders such as osteoarthritis, tendinitis and multisite joint pain (the commonest presentation of people over 50, representing a mixture of osteoarthritis and tendinitis affecting multiple joints).
Nutrition and Behaviour The Nutrition and Behaviour (NAB) Group is part of the Human Appetite Research Clinic and is led by Professor Louise Dye and Dr Clare Lawton. Its central objective is better understanding the effects of food and nutrition on cognitive function, appetite control and digestive function and well-being.
Orthopaedics and Trauma Sciences Leeds Orthopaedics and Trauma Sciences is based at the University of Leeds and is part of LIRMM. It conducts, leads and collaborates in cutting edge research in musculoskeletal conditions. The group has secured funding in excess of 20 million from various grant bodies, charitable trusts as well as industry. Its current areas of translational research are in osteoarthritis, fractures, related large data sets, international health, sensor technology and patient outcomes.
Perception, Action, Cognition The Perception, Action, Cognition group is a multidisciplinary research group dedicated to understanding how humans interact with virtual and natural environments. By bringing together world class expertise in experimental psychology, engineering and clinical medicine we are able to produce rigorous research, develop novel technologies and answer questions which will translate to benefits in healthcare, education and society.
Perinatal Research Group The group's work covers a range of themes ranging from understanding disease aetiology through to the application of our findings in translational clinical trials.
Primary Care Oncology The Primary Care Oncology group attempts to address poor standards of cancer outcomes and rising cancer incidence in the UK by targeting earlier detection and diagnosis of cancer. This is paired with the promotion of behavioural changes, looking to prevent cancer development and to improve outcomes after diagnosis.
Professional Learning Group Our group focuses on research and scholarship in the area of transitions and identity. The group’s interests and expertise span qualitative research methodologies, workplace learning, professional identity development, interprofessional learning, patient and public involvement and patient safety and quality improvement.
Psychological and Social Medicine Our research focuses on mental health problems such as self-harm, medically unexplained symptoms and physical and mental multi-morbidity as well as psychoses and substance misuse. We also research psychological aspects of medical practice, such as decision-making and informed choice.
Quality and Innovation in Assessment Quality and Innovation in Assessment is a fundamental area of research and scholarship within the Leeds Institute of Medical Education. The Assessment Research Group publishes and speaks regularly at leading international medical education conferences and have expertise in assessment, feedback, quality assurance and behavioural interventions.
Regenerative Medicine Working collaboratively with academia, the NHS and industry, we undertake basic and translational research into human skeletal and joint resident stem cells. With a focus on uncultured cells and their native niches, we are developing novel and cost effective therapies for osteoarthritis and orthopaedic trauma.
Rehabilitation Medicine We are an internationally-leading research group focusing on developing and testing treatments that restore people’s independence, dignity and quality of life. Our aim is to maximise participation in society of people living with, or recovering from, long-term illness or injury.
Research at the Nuffield Centre of International Health and Development The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development is an established specialist centre for research, capacity-building and study in international health systems and services. NCIHD research projects address priority health problems and inform health policy in low/middle-income countries.
Section of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Our work spans a number of a number of key areas within Obstetrics and Gynaecology, including the predicting and preventing adverse pregnancy outcomes and gynaecological cancer.
Section of Pathology and Tumour Biology The Section of Pathology and Tumour Biology is an academic pathology laboratory focusing on both research and education. We undertake translational research across a number of different types of cancer as well as in digital pathology, molecular pathology embryology and cardiovascular disease. With a commitment to translational research, we also aim to investigate how best to implement research findings to improve patient outcomes, including the investigation of new cutting edge technologies.
Section of Patient Centred Outcomes Research Our section focuses its research in several areas, with the common aim of using Patient Reported Outcome Measures (PROMS) to improve quality of life and patient-centred care.
Specialist Science Education Department Our vibrant community of around 25 academic staff aim to provide opportunities for outstanding education attractive to a global audience, underpinned by innovative, evidence-based, impactful scholarship.
St Gemma's Academic Unit of Palliative Care St Gemma's Academic Unit of Palliative Care aims to improve care of those nearing the end of life through integrated research, teaching and clinical practice. The integration of academic and clinical practice is strengthened by its location on two sites: the University of Leeds and St Gemma's Hospice.
Stroke Rehabilitation The Stroke Rehabilitation group is a world leading centre for stroke research, part of the Academic Unit of Elderly Care and Rehabilitation.
Successful Ageing The Successful Ageing Group is a multi-disciplinary group that includes individuals with interests in cognitive changes, nutrition, motor ability and general health. Its work specifically relates to our Successful Ageing Research Grand Challenge. The group uses a range of approaches to investigate these from laboratory approaches to large scale epidemiology studies and also anatomical and functional brain imaging.
Surgical Interventions, Diagnostics and Devices Our portfolio of work in Surgical, Diagnostic and Device Interventions ranges from definitive, large-scale, international, randomised controlled trials to single-centre, earlier-phase research including feasibility and qualitative work; together with methodological research investigating real-world challenges of surgical and and device evaluations.
Technologies in Medical Education The Technologies in Medical Education research strand has a focus on research into developing and evaluating technologies to enhance learning and teaching.
Test Evaluation Group Health economists in our Test Evaluation Group in the Academic Unit of Health Economics specialise in test evaluation. We have experience in both trial-based and model-based economic evaluations, and are happy to work with academic or industry partners.
The Health and Wellbeing of Older People The Health and Wellbeing of Older People research group investigates new ways to improve care for older people in the UK. We address the challenges facing an ageing population through research into new patient centred approaches to care and issues of workforce.
The Leeds CRUK CTU based at Leeds CTRU Our research at the Leeds CRUK CTU aims to bring more opportunities for cancer patients to access new and innovative treatments. We are focussing on two groups of patients; those with cancers of the blood and those who are treated with radiotherapy. Our trials have innovative and designs which efficiently evaluate novel interventions and evaluate personalised medicine approaches.
The Melanoma Research Group The Melanoma Research Group uses genetic epidemiology to understand why people get melanoma and what determines survival after diagnosis.
The Radiotherapy Research Group We deliver internationally leading, patient focused, radiotherapy research that improves cancer outcomes and reduces side effects. We are a multidisciplinary research team with expertise ranging from pre-clinical radiation biology through to phase III clinical trials. Tumour site interests include gastrointestinal, brain, urological and lung cancers.
Vision Research Group The Vision Research Group uses a variety of approaches to study diseases of the eye and of vision.
Yorkshire Cancer Research Early Phase Clinical Trials Centre The Yorkshire Cancer Research Early Phase Clinical Trials Centre is a Yorkshire-wide collaboration, coordinated by our team at Leeds Clinical Trials Research Unit, between clinical trialists encompassing statisticians, methodologists, laboratory scientists and clinicians.