Musculoskeletal Research


Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health investigators focus on the discovery and development of new treatments for musculoskeletal disease. Faculty investigators from three Indiana University campuses, eight schools, and 19 academic departments who share an interest in bone and muscle research collaborate at the Center for Musculoskeletal Health to address the unknowns and issues of musculoskeletal diseases and disorders.

Focused Research Support

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.

Subspecialty Research Teams

Focused research teams are composed of basic, translational and clinical researchers, including medical and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and orthopaedic fellows. These cross-departmental research teams also include genetics and precision medicine, trauma, rehab, regeneration, mechanobiology and bone/muscle crosstalk, musculoskeletal cancer, and pediatric musculoskeletal disease. Investigators work together in a collaborative environment.

The Trauma, Regeneration, Rehabilitation team focuses on muscle and bone injuries, tissue regeneration and patient rehabilitation.

The Genetic and Endocrine Diseases, Precision Medicine team focuses on treating individuals with genetic bone diseases, chronic kidney disease and diabetes to improve on bone health.

The team focusing on Mechanobiology and Muscle/Bone Crosstalk work to better understand basic musculoskeletal biology and the effects of loading or disuse of the musculoskeletal system, especially in relation to obesity.

The Cancer in Bone and Muscle team focuses on preventing or curing the devastating effects of Multiple Myeloma, breast cancer, osteosarcoma and prostate cancer in bone and sarcomas.

The team focusing on Pediatric Musculoskeletal Disease studies childhood diabetes, genetic bone disease, osteosarcoma and dystrophies.

The Lifestyle Modifications: Nutrition and Exercise team focuses on the impact of mobility, exercise and nutrition on the musculoskeletal system.