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SRI Awarded NSF Funds to Continue MSD Prevention Efforts

The National Science Foundation has announced $500,000 in funds for the Spine Research Institute to administer continued efforts for preventing musculoskeletal disorders in the workplace.  The SRI is one site within the Center for Disruptive Musculoskeletal Innovations (CDMI), joined by the University of California, San Francisco and the University of Toledo.

CDMI's mission is to address pressing societal needs associated with the growing burden of MSDs.  Priority CDMI research themes include:

  • Characterizing MSD causal pathways;
  • Developing tools for MSD risk assessment, diagnosis, and functional recovery;
  • Predictive analytics for clinical care management;
  • Medical device design and testing; and
  • Clinical outcomes assessment with an emphasis on cost/benefit and patient value.

Its goal is to generate data on incidence, pathomechanisms, treatment outcomes, and costs associated with MSDs, and based on these data, develop new technologies for MSD prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Collectively, these efforts will result in healthier Americans and a stronger and more-competitive U.S. economy.