The Treatments Of Tomorrow Begin With The Research Of Today
The U.S. Bone and Joint Decade is an initiative aimed at raising awareness and reducing the burden of musculoskeletal disease on society, and advancing research in prevention diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders.
There are active fields of research in every area of the musculoskeletal system.
These focus on improving diagnosis, looking for ways to decrease the number of people with a given condition, and to improve treatment.
The research falls into 3 main areas:
To view future research directions by condition, select a condition from the subcategories menu above.
- Basic Science- answers fundamental questions on life processes and disease. These are the basic building blocks of other research and so may not be disease- or condition-specific.
- Clinical- This research works with humans and/or human tissue. This type of research is more condition- and treatment-focused.
- Translational - bridges the gap between basic and clinical research. This type of research allows findings from basic science to be used to improve prevention or treatment of disease or conditions.
Photo: Dr. Elias Zerhouni, MD, Director, National Institutes of Health, discussing musculoskeletal research with Edward Puzas, PhD, Chair USBJD Research Committee, and Richard Hodes, MD, Director, National Institute on Aging.