Centers and Institutes

Center for Musculoskeletal Health

Medical scientists affiliated with the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health focus on the discovery and development of new treatments, cures, diagnostic tools, new technologies and preventative strategies to address the increasing burden of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders of bone, muscle, tendon, ligament and cartilage affecting patients of all ages.

The musculoskeletal system is essential for good health at every stage of life, and bone and muscle cancer can be devastating. Research to better understand musculoskeletal health is critical, as diseases and disorders in this area of medicine are becoming more common as the U.S. population ages. Specifically, the musculoskeletal conditions of sarcopenia, osteoporosis and arthritis continue to increase as do the demand for hip and knee replacements. The overall economic burden of musculoskeletal conditions is greater than that of cancer, stroke and cardiac arrest combined.


The center provides training and education for future leaders focused in musculoskeletal science, including laboratory and clinical research experience, seminar series, and visiting scholar programs.


Musculoskeletal Center researchers are building on IU School of Medicine’s well-deserved reputation as one of the world’s most knowledgeable group of physician scientists focused on bone biology and musculoskeletal disorders.

Clinical Care

Research service cores are available to support Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health investigators and collaborative medical research partners working in this area of medicine. Research support for animal imaging and analysis, musculoskeletal histology, musculoskeletal biobanking, and clinical care and mobility is currently available.

Strategic Plan

The strategic plan for the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health advances the values and mission of Indiana University School of Medicine and is designed to help the school achieve significant progress toward becoming an international leader in basic and translational musculoskeletal disease, research and education.

The center is establishing its research and education priorities and developing teams and resources to host annual scientific retreats and quarterly technical training forums, support pilot research projects, establish MS and PhD education programs, and maintain a high level of knowledge and visibility regarding musculoskeletal research.