Joint & Bone Initiative

About Us

Western's Bone & Joint Institute:

Western University has taken another bold step toward positioning itself as a global leader in research and innovation in musculoskeletal (MSK) health by establishing The Bone and Joint Institute.

“Bone and joint disorders are the leading cause of disability in Canada and there are hundreds of millions of people around the world suffering from these conditions,” said David Holdsworth, a researcher at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. “By bringing together Western researchers from many disciplines at The Bone and Joint Institute, we have the opportunity to make great strides forward in helping these people maintain lifelong mobility.”

The Bone and Joint Institute focuses on four academic priorities: excellence in innovation, including new preventive, rehabilitative, medical and surgical therapies, diagnostic techniques, and medical and assistive devices; collaboration, bringing together integrated transdisciplinary teams; education, to produce the next generation of MSK researchers; and knowledge translation, to move new knowledge from the laboratory to the community, marketplace and clinic.

“Western is committed to fostering collaborative research across disciplines and faculties to address complex issues of societal importance,” said John Capone, Vice-President (Research) at Western. “With a complement of skilled, knowledgeable people, world-leading imaging facilities and labs, and community partners, we are uniquely positioned to achieve international prominence in bone and joint health research and to draw the best and brightest people from around the world.”

This build on Western’s $5 million investment in the Western Cluster of Research Excellence in Musculoskeletal Health in November 2014 , funding more than 70 researchers from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and the Faculties of Health Sciences, Engineering, Science and Social Science to study conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, trauma, and work, sport and exercise-related injuries.

Faculty of Health Sciences Leads Western's Cluster of Research Excellence in Musculoskeletal Health

With millions of Canadians suffering from pain and reduced mobility, and hundreds of millions more around the world, Western University announced today a bold investment that will position it as a global leader in bone and joint research. The new Western Cluster of Research Excellence in Musculoskeletal Health is expected to drive high-impact interdisciplinary research with the goal of providing life-long mobility bring together the Faculty of Health Sciences along with Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Engineering, Social Science and Science.


Western's Bone & Joint Institute (BJI) supports the newly created Cluster of Research Excellence in Musculoskeletal Health.  Initially funded through the Interdisciplinary Development Initiative in Bone & Joint Health the BJI is London’s hub for research and education initiatives related to bone, joint and musculoskeletal health.  Mentors within this Institute are expected to be conducting research, publishing and supervising graduate student research that is attributed to one of the areas within our research scope listed below, and which aligns with the Canadian Institutes of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis focus of its three strategic research Priorities:

  • Physical Activity, Mobility and Health
  • Tissue Injury, Repair and Replacement
  • Pain, Disability and Chronic Disease

This vibrant group of researchers works collaborative toward a vision of Lifelong Mobility for all.

Located in The Dr. Sandy Kirkley Centre for Musculoskeletal Research

The Dr. Sandy Kirkley Centre was established to honor the memory of Dr. Sandy Kirkley, an extraordinary Orthopedic Surgeon, scientist and mentor, dedicated to the advancement of research on musculoskeletal health and diseases, particularly related to bones and joints.  The Center is located on Level 6 of the Lindros Legacy Research building at University Hospital, and is designed to encourage collaborative research related to bone and joint disease. The Centre facilitates citywide, multidisciplinary research in sport medicine, joint replacement surgery, musculoskeletal imaging, skeletal biology, physical therapy and clinical epidemiology.

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Our Research Scope:

  • Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Dental health
  • Muscle disorders
  • Bone remodeling
  • Wound healing
  • Orthopedic surgery
  • Sports medicine
  • Musculoskeletal imaging
  • Mobility and Active Living

Our Affiliations:

  • Lawson Health Research Institute
  • London Health Sciences Centre
  • St. Joseph's Health Care London
  • The Faculty of Health Sciences
  • The Faculty of Science
  • The Faculty of Social Science
  • The Faculty of Engineering
  • The Richard Ivey School of Business
  • The Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry:

.Anatomy and Cell Biology
.Epidemiology & BioStatistics
.Medical Biophysics
.Physiology and Pharmacology
.Robarts Research Institute
.Skeletal Biology