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.
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
- Centre for Orthopaedic and Trauma Research (Professor Donald Howie)
- Centre of Research Excellence in Frailty and Healthy Ageing (Professor Renuka Visvanathan)
- Centre of Research Excellence in Translating Nutritional Science to Good Health (Professor Michael Horowitz)
- North West Adelaide Health Study (Professor Robert Adams and Professor Anne Taylor)
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 Cell Biology Group (Professor Gerald Atkins)
- Breast Cancer Research Unit (Professor Andreas Evdokiou)
- Cerebral Palsy Research Group (Emeritus Professor Alastair MacLennan)
- Mesenchymal Stem Cell Group (Professor Stan Gronthos)
- Myeloma Research Laboratory (Professor Andrew Zannettino)
- Primary Care and Health Services Research Group (Professor Nigel Stocks)
For additional leads in this area of research, please contact Musculoskeletal Health researchers.
We offer exciting opportunities for researchers at the honours, masters and PhD levels. Our research degrees are open to students from 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.