MRC-Arthritis Research Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research (CMAR)

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The CMAR is a collaborative research venture between Birmingham and Nottingham Universities that aims to understand how ageing results in loss of musculoskeletal function and to use this knowledge to intervene and minimise age-related musculoskeletal decline and disease.  The major focus of our interventions is on exercise and diet, incorporating motivational psychology research to underpin improved uptake and adherence to lifestyle changes.

The Centre has 5 underlying themes that are managed by leading investigators across Colleges in both Universities: Mechanisms of Ageing in the Musculoskeletal System; Interventions to Reduce Musculoskeletal Ageing; Motor Control and Motor Neuroscience; Overcoming Barriers to Lifestyle Interventions; Systems Biology and Metabolomics.

The collaborative nature of the Centre is extremely important and is kept at the forefront of our Investigators’ minds when looking to set up new projects or studies in order to ensure the best use of the combined facilities and knowledge the Centre affords access to.  Our members come from a range of diverse background from the more obvious health-related disciplines through to those such as engineering.  If you or any of your colleagues work in an area that covers musculoskeletal ageing research please do get in touch with us through the Centre website to let us know what you’re working on, so that we can include you in future communications in this field of research, and to keep our funders (the MRC and Arthritis UK) informed about your work.

In association with the work of the Centre we have a fantastic group of research volunteers, known as the Birmingham 1000 Elders, a group of healthy adults over the age of 65 who help out with research across the University as volunteers in studies, at focus groups, filling in surveys and much more.  You can find out about this group here and if you know anyone who you think might like to join the 1000 Elders please do pass on our information sheet/application form.

If you would like to find out more about the work of the MRC/Arthritis UK Centre for Musculoskeletal Ageing Research please go to our website to find either direct contacts for our researchers or to find contact details for our Centre Facilitator.