Our Mission

The vision for the Center for Musculoskeletal Health is threefold:

  1. To perform epidemiologic and translational science to inform the medical community;
  2. To utilize our research findings to inform evidence-based practice guidelines to improve musculoskeletal health in our community; and
  3. To monitor our success through outcomes research and patient registries.


older man running in a parkThe Center for Musculoskeletal Health blends the many facets of musculoskeletal research and clinical care into an entity that is larger than the sum of its parts. Given the well-known aging curve of the population and close association between aging and many musculoskeletal diseases, the Center brings together interdisciplinary teams that will provide a foundation for increasing knowledge of disease, education and improved clinical care. Specifically, the Center integrates a wide array of research domains and talent into a cohesive unit. A declared, shared focus of purpose provides a platform and unifying principle to guide collaborations between researchers at the School of Veterinary Medicine, School of Nursing and the School of Medicine as well as College of Engineering and others. Such a matrix organization leads to better research quality and provides an enriched environment for learning and teaching of residents, undergraduates, medical students, allied health professionals and others.



Our overarching goal is to inform and transform preventive efforts and clinical practice in the diagnosis and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. The center is launching four related studies led by researchers at UC Davis and UC San Francisco. Expert investigators will conduct studies to explore four specific musculoskeletal syndromes known to differ by sex: Peak Bone Mass, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Osteoarthritis, and Kyphosis. The center is part of the Specialized Centers of Research on Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Women's Health, which was established in partnership with the NIH Office of Research on Women's Health.



Center for Musculoskeletal Health joins national consortium to find regenerative treatments for dental and craniofacial tissues. For the news link: http://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/publish/news/newsroom/11863



Dr. Wei Yao was awarded the Betterment of Mankind Award 2016 from The Pauchon Research Foundation for her research work and impact on treatment of osteoporosis, inflammatory arthritis and bone fracture healing.

Our Postdoctoral Scholar Geetha Mohan’s paper entitled "Kartogenin treatment prevented joint degeneration in a rodent model of osteoarthritis: A pilot study" received the Journal of Orthopaedic Research Excellence in Translational Science Award to the 2016 winter.