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:
1) *Load altering interventions and knee osteoarthritis progression* Trevor Birmingham (Faculty of Health Sciences) and Bob Giffin (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry), Frank Beier (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry), Dianne Bryant (Faculty of Health Sciences), Bert Chesworth (Faculty of Health Sciences), Blaine Chronik (Faculty of Science), Alan Getgood (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry), Tom Jenkyn (Faculties of Engineering and Health Sciences)
2) *The role of anti-homocitrullinated protein/peptide immune responses in rheumatoid arthritis* Ewa Cairns, David Bell and Lillian Barra (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry)
3) *Ion transport and signaling in skeletal cells: P2 nucleotide receptor function in bone* Jeff Dixon (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry)
4) *Dynamic micro-computed tomography for pre-clinical musculoskeletal research* David Holdsworth, Frank Beier, Alan Getgood, Douglas Naudie (Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry)
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*.