The Leeds Teaching Hospitals National Health Service Trust

Relevant Expertise/Experience
• Advanced motion capture facilities
• Clinical advisory capacity
• Clinical experience of primary and revision hip procedures including analysis

Role in the project
• Provision of motion capture data to (a) validate computation models and (b) provide initial inputs to pre-clinical tests
• Clinical advisory capacity
• Dissemination and Exploitation

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT) is the largest NHS trust in the UK and hosts the largest teaching hospital in Europe. With 14,000 staff across seven sites, one million patients a year, and a budget of approximately £1 billion, the LTHT provides high-quality local care combined with secondary and tertiary regional specialist services.

The Leeds Musculoskeletal Biomedical Research Unit (LMBRU) is a National Institutes of Health Research-funded centre of excellence for translational musculoskeletal medical research that is partnered with both the Leeds Teaching Hospital and UNIVLEEDS, providing a strong base for excellence in patient-based and translational research.

LMBRU brings together the School of Medicine’s academic division of rheumatic and musculoskeletal disease and the Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (iMBE) and is based at the Chapel Allerton Hospital (CAH), a university/NHS hospital campus dedicated to muscoskeletal diseases. The Joint Replacement Technology Group, part of the LTHT/LMBRU portfolio of research activities, is a multidisciplinary team consisting of orthopaedic surgeons, biomechanics, radiologists and engineers working on the clinical challenges surrounding joint replacement technologies and the translational pathway leading to their solution.

Central to the LMBRU is a dedicated research imaging centre consisting of a 3T whole-body MRI scanner optimised for musculoskeletal research, plus dedicated radiology, radiography and medical physics support, and two ultrasound suites. LMBRU also houses a state-of-the-art motion analysis facility.

Partner contribution
LTHT provides motion capture data to validate computation models and provide initial inputs to pre-clinical tests. It also acts in a clinical advisory capacity and contributes to dissemination and exploitation.