CIMA Centres

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

We are collaborating with researchers and clinicians at the Universities Sheffield and Newcastle to find new understanding of why bone, joints and muscles function less well as people age, and why older people develop clinical diseases of these musculoskeletal tissues, such as arthritis and osteoporosis. 

Established in 2012, the researchers involved in CIMA complement each other with their specialist expertise. We’re forward-looking, training the next generation of researchers to understand how ageing affects the musculoskeletal system, and looking for new ways to preserve the mobility and independence of an ageing population.

CIMA is working on five key strategies:

  • The integration of mechanistic research programmes
  • Monitoring and measuring age-related musculoskeletal decline
  • The development of existing and novel cohorts for studying musculoskeletal ageing and interventions
  • State-of-the-art specific interventions to preserve musculoskeletal tissues
  • Lifestyle interventions.

Individually, CIMA’s partners each have world-class facilities for scientific and clinical research, but together this is strengthened as it offers resources not available in any one single university. At the University of Liverpool, these facilities include the Magnetic Resonance and Image Analysis Research Centre (MARIARC).

Visit the CIMA website for more information.