About Us

The MSU Center for Orthopedic Research (MSUCOR) is a state-of-the-art biomechanics research facility located just 4 miles from the campus of Michigan State University at the McLaren Orthopedic Hospital.

History

MSUCOR was established in the fall of 2007 with the arrival of Dr. Jacek Cholewicki, PhD from Yale University. The creation of MSUCOR was funded by the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine and a generous grant from the Ingham Regional Healthcare Foundation. Since the Center’s opening researchers have been working to merge the gap between clinical and basic research.

Mission

MSUCOR shares an exciting opportunity to combine research interests in distinct areas of musculoskeletal medicine, orthopedic surgery, and osteopathic manipulative medicine. Our mission is to:

  1. Provide research expertise and laboratory resources to clinical faculty, residents, and students while encouraging their input and participation in ongoing research.

  2. Serve as a hub for a campus-wide collaboration with other laboratories, enabling application of multidisciplinary research solutions into musculoskeletal disorders.

  3. Create educational opportunities for continuous learning and professional development.

MSU – NIH Partnership

In 2010, MSU was awarded a $4.5 million U19 grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH), Partnerships in Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Clinical Translational Research (PCCTR) to develop accurate clinical tools for studying Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (OMM).

What is PCCTR?

PCCTR is one of the funding mechanisms (U19) issued by the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), a branch of NIH. The goal of the PCCTR initiative is to foster development of translational tools that will contribute to rigorous clinical CAM research and further development of clinical research expertise and leadership at CAM institutions and in the field in general. It is expected that such tools will further the rigorous study of CAM practices that are already widely used by the American public. Each PCCTR should unite CAM and conventional research institutions and individuals with complementary strengths in a synergistic fashion, such that the research and intellectual productivity of the proposed projects is likely to be substantially enhanced by the proposed collaborative partnership.

In MSUCOR, research activities will consist of three projects under the umbrella of the System Science Center for Musculoskeletal Complementary and Alternative Medicine Therapies. Our multidisciplinary team of MSU researchers have developed accurate clinical research tools for studying the effects of OMM on motor control in patients with neck and low back pain. To learn more about these projects visit our current research studies.

Research at MSUCOR focuses on designing robotic platforms to assess motor control and movement in people. The Center’s research is currently focused on understanding the mechanisms of manual medicine in treating neck and low back pain.

In 2010, MSU was awarded a $4.5 million U19 grant from the National Institute of Health, Partnerships in Complementary and Alternative Medicine Clinical Translational Research to develop accurate clinical tools for studying Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine.