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:

  • 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:

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.

  • Submission of proposals for the 2021 MiMHC Center pilot grant program to support pilot research in musculoskeletal biology has closed. Recipients of this years grants will be announced soon. More information on the grants can be found on the Pilot Grant Program page.

The monthly MSK seminar series has concluded for the Summer. Please see the Musculoskeletal Research Progress page for more information on upcoming presentations to resume starting September 2021.

Due to the COVID-19 situation and given the guidelines for events greater than 100 people, the Fifth Annual Musculoskeletal Health Symposium, scheduled for Wednesday, May 19, 2021, will held as a virtual meeting this year. This year's keynote speaker is: Deneen M. Wellik, PhD (Chair and Professor, Cell & Regenerative Biology, University of Wisconsin). Please see the page on the 2021 Annual Musculoskeletal Health Symposium for more information. Registration is now open. Please click here to register for the Symposium. Any questions regarding registration, please contact Natalie Mijal (nmijal@med.umich.edu).

Once again, thanks to the entire UM MSK community for another productive year. Stay safe and stay healthy!