Joint & Bone Initiative

About Us

Western University has positioned itself to become a global leader in research and innovation in musculoskeletal (MSK) health by establishing The Bone and Joint Institute (BJI).

With over 145 members, BJI brings together a critical mass of experts across disciplines that will achieve high-impact transdisciplinary research for the benefit of millions of Canadians suffering from pain and reduced mobility.

Did you know???

  • Arthritis, osteoporosis, fractures, back pain, sport and work injuries involving bones, joints, and muscles are all considered MSK conditions
  • Over 1.7 billion people are affected by MSK conditions worldwide
  • MSK conditions cost the Canadian economy over $33 billion annually


  • lifelong mobility


  • lead in transdisciplinary research, innovation, and education in MSK health


  • enhance active living, mobility, and movement
  • investigate causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options for MSK conditions
  • improve support systems and palliation for a wide range of MSK conditions

Core Values

  • collaboration
  • excellence in innovation
  • education and research training
  • knowledge translation

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Primary Objectives

  • understanding bone and joint diseases
  • innovating in diagnosis and evaluation
  • developing and evaluating new therapies
  • influencing key knowledge users

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Research Themes

  • basic biological and biomedical
  • physical sciences and engineering
  • clinical and health services
  • population and community health

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Research Areas

  • Active Living
  • Additive Manufacturing
  • Animal Models
  • Arthritis
  • Assistive Technologies
  • Bioarchaeology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biomaterials & Scaffolds
  • Biomechanics
  • Clinical Outcomes
  • Clinical Trials
  • Dentistry
  • Drug Delivery
  • Epidemiology
  • Exercise
  • Genetics
  • Health Economics
  • Health Policy
  • Health Process & Outcome Evaluation
  • Health Services & Systems
  • Implantable & Wearable Devices
  • Knowledge Translation & Mobilization
  • Mechatronics
  • Mobility
  • Molecular & Cell Biology
  • Multi-morbidity
  • Muscle Disorders
  • Musculoskeletal Imaging
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Osteoporosis
  • Personalized Medicine
  • Population Health
  • Rehabilitation
  • Regenerative Medicine
  • Rheumatology
  • Spine Related Pathologies
  • Sport Medicine
  • Wound Healing

Facilities, Partners, & Collaborators

  • Dr. Sandy Kirkley Centre for Musculoskeletal Research
  • Fowler Kennedy Sports Medicine Clinic
  • Ivey International Centre for Health Innovation
  • Lawson Health Research Institute
  • London Health Sciences Centre
  • Ontario Institute of Regenerative Medicine
  • Rheumatology Centre at St. Joseph's Hospital
  • Robarts Research Institute
  • Rorabeck Bourne Joint Replacement Clinic
  • Roth McFarlane Hand and Upper Limb Centre
  • St. Joseph's Health Care London
  • The Arthritis Society
  • Wolf Orthopaedic Biomechanics Laboratory
  • Western’s Faculty of Health Sciences
  • Western’s Faculty of Science
  • Western’s Faculty of Social Science
  • Western’s Faculty of Engineering
  • Western’s Richard Ivey School of Business
  • Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry:
    • Anatomy and Cell Biology
    • Dentistry
    • Epidemiology & BioStatistical
    • Medical Biophysics
    • Physiology and Pharmacology
    • Robarts Research Institute
    • Skeletal Biology

Institute Functions & Activities

Where to find us?

Kirkley Centre
  • the BJI administrative hub is located in:
    • The Dr. Sandy Kirkley Centre, Level 6 of the Lindros Legacy Research Building, London Health Science Centre - University Hospital, London, Ontario, Canada
  • the centre honors the memory of Dr. Sandy Kirkley, an extraordinary Orthopedic Surgeon, scientist, and mentor
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