Musculoskeletal Diseases

The musculoskeletal system is an interconnected network of muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage, bones, and other connective tissue that provides overall organism structure and enables movement. At UVa we use a suite of experimental and computational techniques to identify, characterize, and exploit guiding principles of musculoskeletal design to understand and improve therapies for musculoskeletal diseases such as Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and volumetric muscle loss (VML).

BME Primary Faculty in this Area

BME Joint Faculty Musculoskeletal Diseases Applications

  • Shawn Russell, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery

    Development of new methods for analyzing movements measured in clinical settings along with the development of predictive models which simulate the body’s interactions with the environment and offer insight to the control strategies implemented by the human system.

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More about Musculoskeletal Disease Research at UVA

University of Virginia Center for Advanced Biomanufacturing

Together with experts from industry and government, UVA researchers are creating the roadmap for building reproducible biomanufacturing processes. They are making the advances that will take this research from labs and trials to actual health care.

Multi-Scale Modeling of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

"It's really a brand new idea in the field of modeling, that we can link scales and develop models that can predict the outcome of a drug therapy."