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Our researchers strive to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders.

Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute

Our Mission

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To improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of musculoskeletal and neurological disorders. OMNI has strong programmatic efforts across several research programs with concentrated focus in: 1) musculoskeletal pain and injury (primary focus on rehabilitation), and 2) healthy aging (primary focus on frailty and fractures). The research across these programs has an overarching aim of developing interventions and diagnostics that remove barriers to independent physical mobility and ultimately reduce disability.

Our Team

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Our multidisciplinary research team draws widely on expertise in many fields, including neuroscience, skeletal muscle physiology, gerontology, musculoskeletal disease, functional biomechanics, health psychology and behavioral medicine.

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Our Facilities

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Our research facilities are spread across the campus of Ohio University, home to dozens of centers, institutes and facilities that advance world-class research, scholarship and creative work. The institution ranks in the top tier of universities nationally for research return on investment.

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Board approves creation of two new centers within OMNI

The Ohio University Board of Trustees approved the creation of two new centers, the Injury and Pain Research Center and the Center for Healthy Aging, both housed within the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute (OMNI).

New Translational Research Facility planned

The Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will start work on a new facility on the Athens campus dedicated to translational research.

New OMNI studies look at back pain, age-related weakness

A study by researchers from the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute (OMNI) finds new evidence to support the belief that the nervous system plays an important role in age-related weakness. A second study from an OMNI-based team questions the effectiveness of a patented exercise system for relieving lower back pain.

Heritage College plays role in statewide cardio health collaborative

A collaboration among Ohio’s medical schools aims to keep the state’s health care providers up to date on best practices for preventing and treating cardiovascular disease. A team at Ohio University’s Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine will be working to better share the project’s expertise with area clinicians.