New Center Advances Musculoskeletal Research

When Cleveland Clinic was founded in 1921, its primary innovation was its organizing principle, "to act as a unit”—medical professionals would work together to advance research, education and patient care.

In 2017, that simple principle flourishes. In a concerted translational effort between Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research, Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic and Imaging Institutes, the Musculoskeletal Research Center (MSRC) was established. It aims to bring together Cleveland Clinic's basic, translational and clinical musculoskeletal researchers under one organizational structure. Director Kathleen A. Derwin, PhD, investigator in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Co-Director Kurt P. Spindler, MD, surgeon in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, jointly lead the MSCR. Oversight is provided by a Governance Board and strategic direction by a Steering Committee.

The MSRC has its roots in the Clinic's prior Orthopaedic Research Center (2001), later expanded to the Orthopaedic & Rheumatologic Research Centers (2007). The current MSRC, created in 2016, spans many departments and institutes, reflecting the increasingly broad and multidisciplinary aspects of musculoskeletal research at Cleveland Clinic.

The MSRC, structured but flexible, can be the unifying source that fosters any number of productive collaborative undertakings, including pilot projects, seminars, a yearly retreat, workshops and conferences and program grant funding.

"Our goal is to leverage Cleveland Clinic's multidisciplinary expertise, access to large patient populations and uniquely supportive environment to advance the treatment, health and quality of life of people with musculoskeletal disorders," Dr. Derwin says.

Physicians and investigators who would like more details about the MSRC or have clinical needs that could be met by potential MSRC collaborations are welcome to contact Dr. Kathleen Derwin (tel. 216.445.5982; derwink@ccf.rog).