Boston MCRC aims to support researchers with pilot award projects through its methodology services. These services are for exploring and/or catalyzing new research questions that take advantage of Boston University-based cohort studies or other databases that focus on musculoskeletal disorders, musculoskeletal research that includes new epidemiologic study designs, machine learning, or mobile health and wearable technologies. 

The goal of the Pilot Program is to support clinical research opportunities with the MCRC providing clinical research  study design and methodologic advice and assistance. The MCRC focus is on musculoskeletal and rheumatic disorders and their impact.

Congratulations MCRC Pilot Awardees 


Ian Wallace, PhD
Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
Graduate Advisor, Evolutionary Anthropology; Director, Human Physical Activity Lab

Project Title: Orang Asli Osteoarthrits (OAOA) Study


Elise Morgan , PhD
Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Boston University
Maysarah K. Sukkar Professor of Engineering Design and Innovation (ME, MSE, BME)
Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development
Project Title: Why does bone shape predict hip OA? Building a biomechanical understanding of bone shape measures.


Bagi Sveinsson, PhD
Instructor, Department of Radiology, Harvard University
Project Title: Predicting mobility and physical function from MRI data using machine learning