A biologist who isolates a gene linked to the musculoskeletal system, regardless of where on campus he or she works, will have increased access to resources for research, thanks to a $1.98 million, five-year grant from the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. The grant to the School of Medicine will fund the new Yale Core Center for Musculoskeletal Diseases. The center will encourage research into musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoporosis and provide financial and technical support, as well as the expertise of its members. The center currently has 25 affiliated researchers, most of them at the medical school.

“There is an appreciation that musculoskeletal disorders, in particular osteoporosis, are emerging as a major health concern,” said Karl L. Insogna, M.D., associate professor of medicine, director of the new center. “There is a need for a more comprehensive approach to understanding the pathogenesis of these diseases and other musculoskeletal disorders.”