Center investigators are involved in innovative studies to identify disease risk factors, enhance imaging techniques toward optimizing early detection and monitoring of musculoskeletal diseases, and employing nanotechnology to develop novel therapies and improve existing treatments. Pivotal research advances by BWH investigators which have impacted the understanding and treatment of musculoskeletal diseases include:


  • Pioneering minimally invasive joint replacement procedures
  • Discovering new medications for rheumatoid arthritis, helping to advance new therapies that limit disease progression
  • Advancements in cartilage regeneration




Our Departmental Affiliates

The Musculoskeletal Research Center supports transformative interdisciplinary research, engaging the talent and resources of a diverse group of investigators. Research is conducted by physicians and scientists spanning the following departments:





Our Investigators

BWH investigators are nationally and internationally recognized for their contributions to advances in musculoskeletal research as recipients of prestigious awards, including election to the National Academy of Sciences. Additionally BWH investigators hold specialized grants to conduct interdisciplinary research, including a National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Skin Diseases (NIAMS) to lead a clinical trial on arthroscopic knee surgery approaches, as well as another NIAMS grant for the study of hip replacements in Medicare patients, the genetics of rheumatoid arthritis and to conduct a randomized trial of osteoporosis medication compliance.




To Learn More

To learn more about the hospital’s efforts in care of bones, joints and muscles, visit the Orthopedic and Arthritis Center of Excellence site. For more information about the Musculoskeletal Research Center, email bwhbri@partners.org.