New Center Stretches the Boundaries of Muscle Research

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The National Skeletal Muscle Research Center (NSMRC) was established at UCSD School of Medicine in September 2005. The NSMRC connects a wide range of muscle research fields—from molecular biology and biomechanics to magnetic resonance imaging and clinical studies—in order to provide the knowledge and tools needed to advance skeletal muscle rehabilitation science.

Newswise — With the aim of bridging the gap between basic science and rehabilitation science, the National Skeletal Muscle Research Center (NSMRC) was established at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine in September 2005. The NSMRC connects a wide range of muscle research fields—from molecular biology and biomechanics to magnetic resonance imaging and clinical studies—in order to provide the knowledge and tools needed to advance skeletal muscle rehabilitation science. Supported through a five-year, $3.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the NSMRC is one of only six centers in the country that were selected to provide research infrastructure to rehabilitation medicine.
"Our goal is to support high quality research that improves the lives of people with skeletal muscle injuries and diseases," said Richard L. Lieber, Ph.D, professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and Bioengineering at UCSD, who leads the collaborative project.
Lieber works with co-directors from UCSD Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Bioengineering, Radiology and Medicine, in addition to an external advisory board of internationally recognized experts in muscle rehabilitation. The Center utilizes facilities throughout the UCSD campus, including the School of Medicine, the Jacobs School of Engineering and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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