Towards a toolkit for the assessment and monitoring of musculoskeletal ageing

Kemp, Graham J ORCID: 0000-0002-8324-9666, Jackson, Malcolm J ORCID: 0000-0003-3683-8297, Mccloskey, Eugene V and Mathers, John C
(2018) Towards a toolkit for the assessment and monitoring of musculoskeletal ageing. AGE AND AGEING, 47 (6). pp. 774-777.

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The complexities and heterogeneity of the ageing process have slowed the development of consensus on appropriate biomarkers of healthy ageing. The MRC-Arthritis Research UK Centre for Integrated research into Musculoskeletal Ageing (CIMA) is a collaboration between researchers and clinicians at the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and Newcastle. One of CIMA's objectives is to 'Identify and share optimal techniques and approaches to monitor age-related changes in all musculoskeletal tissues, and to provide an integrated assessment of musculoskeletal function', i.e. to develop a toolkit for assessing musculoskeletal ageing. This toolkit is envisaged as an instrument that can be used to characterise and quantify musculoskeletal function during 'normal' ageing, lend itself to use in large-scale, internationally important cohorts, and provide a set of biomarker outcome measures for epidemiological and intervention studies designed to enhance healthy musculoskeletal ageing. Such potential biomarkers include: biochemical measurements in biofluids or tissue samples, in vivo measurements of body composition, imaging of structural and physical properties, and functional tests. The CIMA Toolkit Working Group assessed candidate biomarkers of musculoskeletal ageing under these four headings, detailed their biological bases, strengths and limitations, and made practical recommendations for their use. In addition, the CIMA Toolkit Working Group identified gaps in the evidence base and suggested priorities for further research on biomarkers of musculoskeletal ageing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: musculoskeletal ageing, healthy ageing, biomarkers, skeletal muscle, bone, cartilage
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2018 10:49
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2023 01:17
DOI: 10.1093/ageing/afy078
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