IU Center Names First Director

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Indiana University has tapped a leader in bone research to become first director of the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health at the IU School of Medicine. Lynda Bonewald will begin her new role in July.

Bonewald currently serves as the director of the Kansas City Consortium for Musculoskeletal Diseases and Disorders, the University of Missouri-Kansas City Center of Excellence in Dental and Mineralized Tissue and the School of Dentistry Bone Biology Research Program. IU says her research focuses on aspects of bone biology.

"The new musculoskeletal center was designed to foster collaborative research and accelerate discovery in Indianapolis," said Jay Hess, dean of the IU School of Medicine. "Lynda Bonewald's experience as a researcher and administrative leader make her the perfect choice to be the founding director of this center."

The Musculoskeletal Center was formed last year. The university says its goal is to build on a "growing cadre" of top scientists in the field of bone and musculoskeletal health at the IU School of Medicine, along with the schools of Engineering and Technology, Science, Dentistry, and Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at IUPUI.

"Over the years I have watched Indiana recruit some of the brightest, creative, and most productive investigators in the area of bone research. I'm thrilled to lead this new initiative that will integrate these investigators into a center that will support collaborative interactions and team building," said Bonewald. "Together we can fulfill the vision to foster synergism not only in discovery and research but also in musculoskeletal education and the generation of innovative clinical applications."

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