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MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA)


The University of Liverpool is one of three academic partners in the MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA).

CIMA brings together three Russell Group universities, each with world class research infrastructure, facilities and resources for research into ageing and the musculoskeletal system. Individually, each institution has excellent facilities for basic science research, pre-clinical and clinical research. Together, CIMA researchers benefit from shared access to high-end technology and expertise, access to model systems that cover the musculoskeletal system as a whole, and clinical expertise and resources not available in any single university.


Study with CIMA

CIMA researchers investigate why our bones, joints, ligaments and muscles function less well as we age, and how age related decline of the musculoskeletal tissues and age related clinical disorders (such as osteoporosis and arthritis) can be ameliorated or prevented. The MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing provides a unique opportunity for the study of the musculoskeletal system and ageing from an integrated perspective, providing students with access to state-of-the-art resources and facilities from across the three CIMA partner sites, with teaching and supervision delivered by leading researchers and clinical practitioners.

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The Centre is a collaboration between researchers and clinicians at the University of Liverpool, University of Sheffield and Newcastle University. It was established in 2012 and its success was recognised by the renewal of its funding in 2017. CIMA aims to understand why our bones, joints and muscles function less well as we age and why older people develop clinical diseases of these musculoskeletal tissues, such as arthritis, osteoporosis or age-related muscle fibrosis. The Centre brings together complementary and specialist expertise in connective tissues, skeletal muscle, bone, cartilage and tendon biology, ageing research, nutrition and exercise interventions, and clinical excellence in musculoskeletal disorders. Through an innovative, comprehensive and sustainable research programme and by training the next generation of researchers, CIMA is developing an integrative approach to understanding the processes and effects of ageing in tissues of the musculoskeletal system, how ageing contributes to diseases of the musculoskeletal system, and how these processes may be ameliorated or prevented to help preserve mobility and independence in older people.


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