Musculoskeletal Health Issues for Candidates for Election
The USBJI has developed and is distributing to federal election campaigns Position Paper on the musculoskeletal (MSK) health issues federal candidates for election in 2020 should include as
part of their health policy proposals and programs.
As newly elected officials begin their service and establish health policy, it is important that America’s most prevalent and disabling musculoskeletal disorders are front and center,
and included in policy discussions in a meaningful way.
Musculoskeletal disorders are generally under-appreciated, under-resourced and under-funded. This is an opportunity for them to be included at the start of a re-elected or new administration.
to the USBJI Position Paper.Visit the USBJI website to learn
Young Investigator Initiative Grant Mentoring and Career Development Program DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION SUBMISSIONS: January 15, 2021
Spring Program – April 23-25, 2021 in Rosemont, IL (Chicago)
The United States Bone and Joint Initiative (USBJI) and Bone and Joint Canada are dedicated to increasing research of musculoskeletal diseases. To keep pace with the high and increasing burden of these diseases, a higher level of research performed by young investigators in the musculoskeletal diseases is required, and future levels of research assured. This is particularly important given the current environment for research funding, and academic careers. In response, the Young Investigator Initiative is a grant mentoring program providing early-career investigators an opportunity to work with experienced researchers in our field to assist them in securing funding and other survival skills required for pursuing an academic career.
To date 276 participants (60%) have successfully obtained $522 million in grants for 1,785 new musculoskeletal research studies. Participants consider this program instrumental to their success. They rate highly the one-on-one mentoring with experienced researchers, the opportunity for inter-disciplinary and peer-to-peer exchange, and collaborations established during workshops.
This grant mentoring program and career development program is open to promising junior faculty, senior fellows or post-doctoral researchers nominated by their department or division chairs seeking to pursue a career in clinical or basic research. It is also open to senior fellows or residents that are doing research and have a faculty appointment in place or confirmed. Basic and clinical investigators, without or with training awards, are invited to apply. Investigators selected to take part in the program attend two workshops, 12-18 months apart, and work with faculty between workshops to develop their grant applications. The unique aspect of this program is the opportunity for attendees to maintain a relationship with a mentor until their application is funded.