An NIH-designated Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE)

Delaware Center for Musculoskeletal Research

The Delaware Center for Musculoskeletal Research (DCMR) supports basic and preclinical research on the central theme of musculoskeletal health—from the level of the joints to the actions of key cells and molecules—with emphasis on understanding the mechanisms by which physical and biological cues influence tissue structure and normal function and dysfunction, and identifying potential therapeutic interventions.

We aim to:

  • Accelerate fundamental musculoskeletal research by supporting synergistic and multidisciplinary research projects.
  • Galvanize capabilities for musculoskeletal research by establishing a Multiscale Assessments Research Core.
  • Amplify the impact of musculoskeletal research through faculty mentoring, expansion, and retention.


Accelerating Fundamental Musculoskeletal Discoveries

Translating Fundamental Discoveries to the Clinic

Core Access Voucher Call

Course Offering:

BMEG867 – Research techniques for preclinical analysis in rodents
Grading: P/F
Instructors: Gwen Talham, Christine Stinger, Millicent Sullivan
Instructor permission required
This course provides hands-on instruction to prepare student researchers to design and perform experiments involving rodent handling and rodent surgery. Key topics include ethics, regulatory considerations, animal protocol design and execution, and drug/medical device approval.



Faculty Spotlight: Justin Parreno

Faculty Spotlight: Justin Parreno

The Parreno Lab is unravelling the biological mechanisms linking mechanical signalling to diseases such as tendinosis Tendons are fibrous connective tissues that enable movement by transmitting mechanical forces from muscle onto bone. While tendon loading during...

Fine-tuning Touch Technology

Fine-tuning Touch Technology

UD’s Charles Dhong gets $1.9 million to develop new tactile aids Bumps and lines make up touch-based technology such as Braille. But the human sense of touch is keen enough to detect differences that are much smaller. Research by Charles Dhong and his group at the...

Focusing on Musculoskeletal Research

Focusing on Musculoskeletal Research

UD wins NIH grant for new center with female professors leading the way A pulled muscle, an aching joint. Regrettably, it’s an experience we can all relate to — from the youngster with the sprained ankle, to the centenarian with gnarled fingers throbbing from...

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