The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester-Loughiborough, 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.
The Research Unit Is Managed by Tim Skelton.
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.
This new BRU is a collaboration between Loughborough University, one of the leading international institutions in exercise research, University Hospitals of Leicester and the University of Leicester. It provides an opportunity for researchers in the East Midlands to become some of the leading experts internationally in research into lifestyle, and in particular physical activity interventions to both prevent and treat diseases such as diabetes. The funding will create nearly thirty new research posts.
Anne Milton, Public Health Minister said:
Professor Dame Sally C. Davies, Chief Medical Officer and Chief Scientific Advisor, Department of Health, said:
Professor Melanie Davies, Professor of Diabetes and BRU Director said:
We have a dedicated website where you can follow our research and find out more about what we are currently doing. Link to the
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.