As the U.S. population ages, diseases and disorders of the musculoskeletal system are becoming substantially more widespread and burdensome. When taken with the fact that the musculoskeletal system is essential for good health at every stage of life, it is clear that research focused on garnering a better understand musculoskeletal health is critical. 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 Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health (ICMH) seeks to drive innovative research in musculoskeletal health by bringing together a world-class cohort of multidisciplinary investigators and facilitating their collaboration. This is accomplished through the use of research service cores, pilot funding opportunities, thematic research teams, and strategic committees, as outlined below.
Collaborative Funding Opportunities
The center supports two annual initiatives for internal pilot funding. These pilot funding programs are important mechanisms in supporting multidisciplinary research projects led by teams of collaborative primary investigators. The ultimate objective is to support creative research and discoveries by these expert teams. These initiatives are open to all members of the ICMH.
The ICMH is also proud to partner with the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Stark Neurosciences Research Institute, the Indiana Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, and the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research in an annual multi-center funding program. The goal of this initiative is to bring together members of the participating centers and institutes to collaborate on the development of groundbreaking concepts that advance the mission of IU School of Medicine as well as the research goals of the funding centers. Projects are cross-disciplinary, in novel areas of investigation, and carry the goal of generating data in support of future collaborative funding opportunities.
Research Service Cores
Research service cores are available to support Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health investigators and collaborative medical research partners working in this area of medicine. ICMH service cores provide centralized, shared resources which offer access to instruments, technologies, and services, such as expert consultation, to scientific and clinical investigators on the IU School of Medicine–Indianapolis campus. Research support in the areas of animal imaging and analysis, musculoskeletal histology, musculoskeletal biobanking, and clinical care and mobility is currently available.