UCSF CCMBM Earns Another 5 Years of P30 Funding


Jeffrey Lotz, PhD

We are pleased to announce that we received a new P30 grant from NIH/NIAMS to support continuation of the Core Center for Musculoskeletal Biology and Medicine (CCMBM). Thank you to all the members who supported this successful grant submission by completing their annual survey. We received an overwhelming response, with a 91% survey completion rate. This significantly contributed to the proposal earning a perfect score for its administrative core, and a high impact score for the overall application (14).


The new P30 grant will enable the CCMBM to continue supporting the growing musculoskeletal research community across UCSF. Our goals for this next funding cycle are to build on past successes and to stimulate and support cross-campus collaborations and research efficiency that accelerate MSK science.


Please continue to help us improve our service by completing the CCMBM annual member survey as we are currently working on our first year’s progress report and final report close-out the last 5 years. Please contact Daniel Davis if you need a new link to continue your survey. Or become a member to join the CCMBM community.


Bradford Lectureship Rescheduled


David Bradford, MDDr. David S. Bradford is an internationally known orthopedic surgeon who treats patients with complex spinal disorders, including scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylolisthesis, and degenerative spine diseases. In addition to caring for patients, his research interests include biomaterials, tissue engineering, and tissue regeneration.

In April 2019 the Bradford Lectureship was established to honor those who have contributed significantly to MSK research. CCMBM’s inaugural distinguished lecturer was Corey Neu, PhD, Professor of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado, who was featured at the UCSF CCMBM and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Scientific Retreat - Unleashing your Inner Athlete: Accelerating MSK Healing through Discovery.


Lynda Bonewald, PhDThis year’s Bradford Lectureship features Lynda Bonewald, PhD. Dr. Bonewald is the Founding Director of the Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health, ICMH, a center with over 100 members from 36 departments and four campuses. She has a primary faculty appointment in the Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology and a secondary one in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. She is best known for her work in the study of osteocytes and is responsible for tools used by researchers globally to determine osteocyte biology and function. Although her lecture has been canceled due to COVID-19, we are working on rescheduling her visit when we resume normal activities per the policy and guidance of UCSF on non-essential events and gatherings for large groups.




Congratulations to the 2020 CCMBM grantees



Tamara Alliston, PhD, Professor, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery; Dennis Black, PhD, Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Development of M2Hbone - a web-based tool for identification of mouse genes relevant to human bone fragility


Francesco Caliva, PhD - Medical Image Computing and Computer Assisted Intervention (MICCAI) International Conference in Shenzhen, China 

Jenifer Liao, PhD - TRI-State PT Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada

Distinguished faculty added to the CCMBM External Advisory Board

Samuel Ward, PT, PhDWe are pleased to announce the appointment of Samuel R. Ward, PT, PhD as new member to the CCMBM External Advisory Board. Dr. Ward is a Professor in the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Radiology, and Bioengineering at UC San Diego. He is also the Vice-Chair of Research in Orthopaedic Surgery, Co-Director of the Translational Science Partnerships Program, and Director of the Muscle Physiology Laboratory.


Dr. Ward is a clinician-scientist and his research program focuses on structure-function relationships in skeletal muscle, in normal and pathological conditions. His current focus is on understanding chronic muscle atrophy and cell death in mature adults, with an emphasis on the use of stem cells and regenerative medicine approaches to treat these disease processes.


Dr. Ward joins current External Advisory Board members Jane Cauley, DrPH, Professor of Epidemiology at University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; Louis Soslowsky, PhD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania; and Jennifer Westendorf, PhD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at Mayo Clinic.