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Supporting your musculoskeletal health research

The Clinical Research Center serves as the cornerstone for human subjects research conducted in the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health and receives funding through a P30 grant from NIH NIAMS. This team is working to better define musculoskeletal diseases that have common pathogenesis and clinical presentations.

With the exemplary team of investigators, the core has integrated a network of electronic health records and molecular profiles to identify genetic factors, clinical and biochemical phenotypes, and to standardize physical function measurements and imaging modalities to define the diseases’ functional and morphologic phenotypes. Improving the definition and diagnosis of these musculoskeletal conditions could lead to personalized medicine advances, enabling health care providers to prescribe tailored treatment for each patient.

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Function, Imaging and Tissue Resource Core 

The Function, Imaging and Tissue (FIT) Resource Core offers standardized imaging outcomes for bone and muscle health assessments and a standardized data entry platform for physical function outcomes and training in the performance and interpretation of these outcomes. Specimens and tissues related to musculoskeletal health are available through the Indiana Biobank.

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Musculoskeletal, Informatics and Methodological Core

The MSK, Informatics and Methodological (MIM) Core contains a research team that specializes in computable phenotyping, clinical trial design, and statistical support. This group connects investigators and facilitates multi-disciplinary research that leverages the use of novel technologies and big data resources to improve musculoskeletal health.

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Administrative Core

The administrative core facilitates cross-disciplinary research by working with the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health researchers. This core also enhances internal and external communications, provides pilot funding, trains the next generation of musculoskeletal researchers, and provides oversight and evaluation of the other clinical research cores.

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