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

Musculoskeletal Research Symposium

Thank You to all who attended the 2024 Research Symposium co-sponsored by the Delaware Center for Musculoskeletal Research (DCMR) and the Center for Biomechanical Engineering Research (CBER).

DCMR/CBER Group Picture

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.


4/11/24 DCMR Lunch-and-Learn Seminar

4/11/24 DCMR Lunch-and-Learn Seminar

FREE Lunch will be provided.   RSVP Here!  Registration closes today! The DCMR Research Core is excited to host a seminar featuring short talks by researchers who have used the DCMR Research Core to answer their research questions. ...


Faculty Spotlight: Velia Fowler

Faculty Spotlight: Velia Fowler

ARCHITECTURE OF CELLS Article by Hilary Douwes Photos by Evan Krape | Photo illustration by Jeffrey C. Chase February 29, 2024 Velia Fowler’s UD lab studies how cell structure can lead to health issues Click here to read the UDaily article.

Faculty Spotlight: Emily Day

Faculty Spotlight: Emily Day

Thanks to an R35 grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), associate professor Emily Day and her research group will continue their innovative research on designing, characterizing and using unique nanoparticles to manage disease Click here for UDaily...

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