Our strengths

With an experienced team and excellent facilities, the NIHR Leeds CRF has the skills and capacity to run all types of high-quality complex trials across the majority of disease areas.

Clinical trials through the NIHR Leeds CRF recruit from a patient population of over five million in the Yorkshire and Humber region, which is geographically, economically and ethnically diverse. Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust is one of the biggest NHS trusts in the country and one of the largest teaching hospitals in Europe, offering a full range of acute and non-acute adult and paediatric services and treating 1.5 million people every year. It serves a local population of 780,000, and provides specialist care to 5.4 million people, including services for cancer, haematology, cardiology, paediatrics, neuroscience and specialist surgery.

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust is a founding NHS partner of the NIHR Cancer Research Network and the NIHR Comprehensive Clinical Research Network, which has helped drive a significant improvement in patient access to research, with over 12,000 patients taking part in clinical trials each year. LTHT is consistently amongst the top ten NHS Trusts in England for the volume of NIHR portfolio trials and numbers of patients recruited.

NIHR Leeds CRF is part of a strong medical and clinical research base at Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and its partner institution, the University of Leeds, which can jointly boast world class academic and clinical centres spanning research from basic science through to applied health services. The University of Leeds is one of the UK’s largest universities, a member of the elite 'Russell Group' and the impact of Leeds’ research was recently rated the highest in the UK outside London, Oxford and Cambridge.

We work closely with other research centres across the Trust and the University, including:

  • NIHR Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Centre
  • NIHR Leeds MedTech and In Vitro Diagnostics Cooperative (NIHR Leeds MIC)
  • NIHR Surgical MedTech Co-operative (NIHR Surgical MIC)
  • NIHR BioResource Centre
  • NIHR Yorkshire & Humber Clinical Research Network

We have particular expertise in generating high quality data for and from our clinical trials, using techniques such as accurate phenotyping of patients, molecular genetic analysis of blood malignancies and high throughput screening and sequencing of tumours.