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Musculoskeletal Health

Good musculoskeletal health is important at every stage of life, and plays a vital role in keeping us on our feet. More than 6 million Australians (approximately 14% of the population) suffer from some kind of musculoskeletal condition, such as back pain, arthritis, osteoporosis and fractures.

Model knee and hip replacement

Musculoskeletal health is a multidisciplinary area of research involving connective tissue biology (including bone, cartilage and muscle), diseases of connective tissue (including arthritis and osteoporosis), biomechanics and surgical/clinical interventions to treat traumatic bone injury and other conditions.

Researchers across the faculty are focused on:

  • understating the cellular and molecular basis of normal and pathological bone turnover
  • how to best repair fractures after traumatic injury with novel surgical approaches and post-operative management
  • how to optimise the outcomes of joint replacement surgery in order to provide better and longer lasting outcomes for patients
  • performing gait analysis and activity monitoring to evaluate the success of interventions across all musculoskeletal conditions
  • developing better ways to manage spinal cord injury patients to improve their outcomes
  • identifying links between bone cells and the molecules they produce and bone health. 

Our research centres working in this area

Our research groups working in this area

  • Adelaide Geriatrics Training and Research with Aged Care (G-TRAC) Centre (Professor Renuka Visvanathan)
  • Adelaide Spinal Research Group (Professor Brian Freeman)
  • Bone and Joint Research Laboratories (Professor David Haynes)
  • Bone Cell Biology Group (BCBG) (Professor Gerald Atkins)
  • Breast Cancer Research Group (Professor Andreas Evdokiou)
  • Cerebral Palsy Research Group (Emeritus Professor Alastair MacLennan)
  • Mesenchymal Stem Cell Group (Professor Stan Gronthos)
  • Orthopaedics and Trauma (Professor Donald Howie)
  • The Health Observatory Group (Professor Robert Adams)

Interested in a postgraduate research degree in this area?

We offer exciting opportunities for researchers at the honours, masters and PhD levels. Our research degrees are open to a broad range of backgrounds, and range from basic sciences to clinical research. If you are interested in human health, consider furthering your research career with us.

Learn more about studying Honours and Higher Degrees by Research