The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Leicester Respiratory Biomedical Research Unit (BRU) is a partnership between the University Hospitals of Leicester and University of Leicester. In 2012 the Respiratory Research Department became part of a multi million pound government investment by the NIHR, to become one of only twenty BRU’s within England. The Unit will focus on promoting the development of new and effective therapies for the treatment of respiratory diseases including severe asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Public involvement in research

We invite patients, members of the public, friends, carers and family to take part in our public and patient involvement group (PPI group). We invite our PPI group to help shape our research and provide their views and opinions on our research. This may be to help researchers with a grant application (when researchers apply for funding), before researchers send their studies for approval right through to helping once the results of the research has come out. This may involve giving their opinions on the design of the study to being on an advisory group through to checking patient leaflets to make sure they are reader friendly. We also encourage our members to participate in our newsletters and website content.  Members of the PPI group can commit as much or as little time as they want and they are reimbursed for their time and travel expenses.

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Glenfield Hospital, Groby Rd, Leicester, LE3 9QP

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