DescriptionThe NIHR Leicester – Loughborough Diet, Lifestyle and Physical Activity Biomedical Research Unit (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. This new BRU is a collaboration between Loughborough University, one of the leading national 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.