Global Musculoskeletal Health

We are a multidisciplinary research group of clinicians, allied health professionals, epidemiologists, statisticians, economists, anthropologists and social scientists. Together we conduct research aimed at improving health and well-being across the life course with particular focus on bone, muscle and joint health. Our research group is multidisciplinary and collaborates with a range of national and international academic institutions, so that we can access the expertise to conduct high quality and impactful research. We are strongly committed to developing research capacity. We do this through supervision and mentorship of Masters and PhD students, running training courses on research methods and supporting development of data management and research capacity.

The University of Bristol Global Musculoskeletal Health Research Programme is led by Dr Celia Gregson. In 2018 Dr Gregson founded the ‘Sub-Saharan African MuSculOskeletal Network(SAMSON), which she now co-directs. This network, across West, East and Southern Africa, aims to

1. Build sustainable capacity in Musculoskeletal Health Research by creating a collaborative research platform

2. Share learning in Musculoskeletal Health Research through the lifecourse to reduce the burden of Musculoskeletal disease

3. Inform health policy, promote training, research capacity development, knowledge transfer and public engagement through the lifecourse for Musculoskeletal disease

4. Provide guidance to standardise methods for Musculoskeletal assessment across Sub-Saharan Africa

Research embedded within the SAMSON network includes

1. Fractures in Sub-Saharan Africa: Epidemiology, Economic Impact and Ethnography. The FRACTURES-E3 Study

2. Understanding the impact of HIV infection and its treatment on the effect menopause has on the musculoskeletal health of African women. The Menopause Study

3. The IMpact of Vertical HIV infection on child and Adolescent Skeletal development in Harare, Zimbabwe: the IMVASK Study

4. The effect of HIV and its treatment on trabecular and cortical bone architecture in children, adolescents and premenopausal women

5. VITamin D for AdoLescents with HIV to reduce musculoskeletal morbidity and ImmunopaThologY (VITALITY): an individually randomised, double-blinded placebo-controlled trial


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