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Centre for integrated research into musculoskeletal ageing

MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing logoBoth the MRC and the charity recognise that musculoskeletal ageing presents significant challenges to individuals, their families/ carers and the whole of the UK (socially and economically). It is considered such an important problem that both funders chose, in 2011, to invest in two complementary centres (CIMA and CMAR).

The MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated Research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) was awarded to the Universities of Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield in partnership with the Medical Research Council (MRC). Arthritis Research UK contributed £625,000 and the MRC £1,875,000, with extra support from the host institutes.

Research at this centre aims to understand why our musculoskeletal system functions less well as we age and why older people develop conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and muscle weakness.

The centre also focusses it research on preventing and treating deterioration of the musculoskeletal tissues that occur as we age to help preserve mobility and independence in older people and thereby improving their quality of life.


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