The Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Sciences facilitates interdisciplinary translational education and research in the broad musculoskeletal field, with a goal to enhance education and research to drive the future of musculoskeletal care from bench to bedside to the community. We broadly define the musculoskeletal field to include areas such as rheumatology, orthopaedics, cell biology, animal models, engineering, epidemiology, physical and occupational therapy, rehabilitation, dentistry, pathology, and imaging. Faculty members from any Faculty, Department or Institute at the University can join.
There are two levels of membership in the Centre: (1) Members and (2) Graduate Faculty Members, each for a three year term:
Graduate Faculty Members have a proven track record of musculoskeletal research as demonstrated by publications, grants, students trained, a University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies appointment, and support from their home academic unit or research institute. Graduate Faculty Members are expected participate in the graduate Collaborative Program in Musculoskeletal Science. Trainees of Graduate Faculty members are eligible to apply to the Collaborative Program.
Members are undertaking musculoskeletal academic work but do not meet the requirements for graduate faculty membership. They may not have a School of Graduate Studies appointment, or may be researchers whose primary work is not focused on musculoskeletal research but whose work links with the musculoskeletal field. Clinicians who are working collaboratively with researchers or researchers who are primarily working in a related field would fit into this category. Members are expected to attend the seminar series but not necessarily give a presentation or participate in the Collaborative Program.