Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute


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Our Mission

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.

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Learn about our active trials or studies. Or sign up to participate in one.


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See how our work is training the next generation of scientists.


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Explore a potential partnership with our highly productive research team.


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Our Team

omni team 5 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

Aerial view of OU campus 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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October 9, 2019
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. Read More
September 18, 2019
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. Read More
September 5, 2019
A new study by faculty and student researchers from the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine has found that going to college can increase the risk of diabetes-related stress for those who have the disease. Read More
January 9, 2019
Bijinu Balakrishnan, Ph.D., and Dallin Tavoian, both of whom work on research projects headed by faculty at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine, have been awarded fellowships for 2019 by the American Heart Association. Read More