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Welcome to the Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders

This National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Skin Diseases of the NIH funded Center (P30 AR050950) was created in 2006 and is directed by Professor Lou Soslowsky. It became an official Type I Center at Penn in 2008. It was renewed in 2011 for another five years. Penn is one of five institutions nationally with this musculoskeletal Center award and the only one of the three up for renewal in the most recent cycle (2011) to be re-funded. Through the review by the NIH, Penn scored a perfect "ten” and was hailed as “exceptional” by the review panel! The overall goal of this Center is to promote a cooperative interaction among investigators to enhance the effectiveness of ongoing research and promote new research. The theme of our center is "Musculoskeletal Tissue Injury and Repair". It is important to note that our PCMD is not a “bone center”, nor is it a “muscle center”. Indeed, one of the major strengths that differentiates our efforts is our inclusive home for all musculoskeletal researchers at Penn. Thus, the primary aims of this Center are to enhance and advance the research productivity of investigators in musculoskeletal tissue injury and repair by:

Aim 1:  Developing critical research core facilities in fundamental areas that cross disciplines and hierarchies.  These core facilities are Molecular Profiling, Imaging, Biomechanics, and Histology.

Aim 2:  Developing a pilot and feasibility grant program for new and established investigators whereby new approaches, ideas, and collaborations can be developed prior to seeking extramural funding, and,

Aim 3:  Developing educational, training, and research enrichment programs for the musculoskeletal community spanning multiple tissue types, research approaches, and paradigms, through which investigators can learn from each other, and from national leaders, in areas where they are not expert.

In addition to the activities described above, there are also tenure-track faculty positions available within the Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders with partnering departments which will allow the faculty member to join in the contiguous center research space, regardless of home department. Click here to explore open positions.

Citing the grant in publications:

“The XYZ analysis was supported by the Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders, Award Number P30AR050950 from the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases or the National Institutes of Health.”

To become a member of our Center, please click here.