Welcome to the Michigan Integrative Musculoskeletal Health Core Center
The Michigan Integrative Musculoskeletal Health Core Center (MiMHC) is supported by a P30 grant from NIH/NIAMS. This award is a great honor and reflects the hard work and dedication of all musculoskeletal (MSK) researchers at U of M. There are over 100 faculty members of the MiMHC. These investigators plus their research teams together make Michigan a highly productive and collaborative environment to conduct MSK research!
The theme of the MiMHC is understanding mechanisms of musculoskeletal health, injury, and disease across the lifespan.
The goal of this center is to strengthen existing and develop new musculoskeletal programs by providing the following support:
discounts for routine procedures
access to specialized equipment and technical expertise
scientific advice on experimental design and data acquisition, analysis and interpretation
opportunities to expand and engage the MSK community in collaborative research
mentorship of Trainees and Junior Faculty
promotion of greater interactions among basic scientists and clinicians
promotion of research focusing on interactions across MSK tissues, across time, and between sexes
The Resource Cores centralize specialized technologies and expertise across all physiological length scales, enabling center investigators to conduct “vertically” oriented science from molecular mechanisms to organ- and organismal-level function. The MiMHC supports three Resource Cores:
Histological Assessment Core – plastic and paraffin embedding, access to specialized equipment for sectioning and staining
Structural and Compositional Assessment Core – micro/nanoComputed Tomography, Raman spectroscopy
Functional Assessment Core – physiological testing, microsurgery support, muscle mechanics, tendon testing, bone testing, custom fabrication/machining
The Enrichment Program will promote and sustain new interactions among center investigators, enabling the interdisciplinary team to conduct “horizontally” oriented science to identify mechanisms of injury and disease arising as a result of interactions between musculoskeletal tissues or with other physiological systems. The Enrichment Program focuses on community building, junior faculty mentorship, and grantsmanship. The Enrichment Program also offers pilot grant opportunities aimed at promoting greater interactions among clinicians and basic scientists and supporting research projects studying interactions across musculoskeletal tissues, across time, and between sexes. Please see the Enrichment Program page for more information on applying for Pilot grants.
The 2021 MiMHC Center pilot grant program announces the availability of funds to support pilot research in musculoskeletal biology. Information on submitting proposals (due November 9, 2020) can be found on the Pilot Grant Program page.
The monthly MSK seminar series has started again as Zoom meetings. Please see the Musculosckeletal Research Progress page for more information on the upcoming presentation by Dr. Stephen Parker, Ph.D., on December 16, 2020.
Due to the COVID-19 situation and given the guidelines for events greater than 100 people, the
Fourth Annual Musculoskeletal Health Symposium scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2020, was canceled. We are planning for the spring/summer 2021 symposium to hopefully be an in-person meeting, but are also working on plans to hold as both an in-person and virtual meeting. Please check back periodically for updates on the 2021 Annual Musculoskeletal Health Symposium. Once again, thanks to the entire UM MSK community for another productive year. Stay safe and stay healthy!