The Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis (IMHA) has six focus areas - Arthritis, Bone, Muscle, Musculoskeletal (MSK) Rehabilitation, Oral health, and Skin.
IMHA's vision is to lead (MSK), skin and oral health research and knowledge translation to improve the lives of Canadians.
Three strategic research priorities help guide the Institute's decision-making: Chronic Pain and Fatigue; Inflammation and Tissue Repair; Disability, Mobility and Health.
MSK diseases affect 11 million Canadians over the age of 12 years old annually (2010 report from the Canadian Orthopaedic Care Strategy Group).
The number of Canadians with MSK diseases is predicted to increase with the aging baby boomer population, from 11 million in 2007 to 15 million in 2031 (2010 report from the Canadian Orthopaedic Care Strategy Group).
There are as many as 1.5 million Canadians over the age of 40 suffering from osteoporosis and women are 4 times more likely to report having osteoporosis than men.(Public Health Agency of Canada, 2010)
Direct costs from oral diseases are the 2nd highest of any disease category in Canada, at $6.35 billion (Health Canada, 2010, page 10).
In 2009 Canadians spent approximately $12.8 billion on professional dental care. (Health Canada, 2010, page 1).
What IMHA is doing
In 2013-2014, CIHR expenditures in IMHA-relevant areas were $93M. Each institute budget is $8.6M per year, with $4.3M going toward Institute Strategic Initiatives, and $4.3M designated for CIHR Roadmap Accelerator Fund initiatives.
IMHA is a member of the Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC)
IMHA launched its 2014 – 2018 Strategic Plan in October, 2014, making Chronic Pain and Fatigue, Inflammation and Tissue Repair and Disability, Mobility and Health its three strategic priority areas for 2014-2018. The document is available to the public to read.
The Institute's Knowledge Exchange Task Force was formed in 2004 to create a communications bridge between researchers and key stakeholders, who became Research Ambassadors for the program. In this capacity, Research Ambassadors help to disseminate information on research findings to their respective organizations and communities.
As a co-lead with the CIHR Institute of Infection and Immunity (III) on the Inflammation in Chronic Disease CIHR Signature Initiative, IMHA and its partners organized a gathering of the nine successful team applicants for the Inflammation Team Grants, along with researchers involved with the Transplantation Research Initiative and the Canadian Microbiome Initiative in February, 2015.
In March 2015, IMHA, a co-lead in the Pathways to Health Equity for Aboriginal Peoples signature initiative, hosted the Oral Health exemplar breakout session at the Inaugural Pathways Annual Gathering. The Gathering brought together about 140 Pathways-funded researchers, their community partners, representatives from partner and Aboriginal Organizations and CIHR staff.
IMHA, which is also co-lead on the Healthy and Productive Work signature initiative, participated in and supported the Enabling Healthy and Productive Work Roundtable in April 2015 and CIHR’s Summer Program in Aging in June, 2015.