Message from the Director

Welcome to the Collaborative Specialization in Musculoskeletal Sciences (CSMS) website. This multidisciplinary program aims to enhance the experience of graduate students by strengthening their education, and fostering multi-disciplinary approaches to musculoskeletal research. Students will learn how their work fits into the larger community of musculoskeletal research that stretches from bench to bedside to society. Our Program will train the future leaders in the field of musculoskeletal sciences to bring transformative changes to the study and treatment of musculoskeletal diseases.

The Collaborative Specialization offers a Foundation course that covers musculoskeletal physiology, disease, clinical treatments and basic science. There is a monthly seminar program, at which invited experts present their latest research reflecting the breadth of expertise of this inter-disciplinary program. CPMS also holds an annual Research Day that provides the students an opportunity to present their work and network with other students and faculty of the Collaborative Specialization from across the University.

Participating units include the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Faculty of Dentistry, Department of Exercise Science, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology and the Department of Surgery, the Faculty of Music, Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation and Institute of Medical Sciences.

Although we are not a degree granting program your academic transcript will note that you also graduated with a Collaborative Specialization in Musculoskeletal Sciences. Please note that to apply to CSMS you must be enrolled in a graduate degree (MSc or PhD) in one of the  Collaborating Graduate Departments whose degree requirements must be fulfilled. Please feel free to contact us with any questions (

Hope to see you at the next seminar.


Jane Mitchell PhD

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