Dr. Frank Beier (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry) has been awarded the Canada Research Chair Tier-I in Musculoskeletal Health to study the connection between skeletal development and osteoarthritis ($1.4 million over the course of 7 years).
In addition, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) recently announced $2.3 million in operating grants for research in bone and joint health at Western University. The following projects were approved for funding:
These funding announcements, totalling $3.7 million, reflect the success of Western's Bone & Joint Initiative, which was established in 2011 to build transdisciplinary research teams and help them succeed in obtaining major external support. The funded projects represent diverse areas of bone and joint health research, with investigators from 4 Western Faculties (Engineering, Health Sciences, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and Science).
David Holdsworth, the Dr. Sandy Kirkley Chair in Musculoskeletal Research, stated that the findings of research made possible by these grants will lead to "improved diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of musculoskeletal diseases such as arthritis and osteoporosis, which will ultimately result in a healthier, more mobile population".