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CIMA Training

An important objective for CIMA is to build research capacity in integrated musculoskeletal ageing through training early career researchers and clinicians. CIMA has developed a training programme that will supply researchers with an advanced knowledge of the integrated musculoskeletal system along with complementary and multidisciplinary research techniques and skills, that will benefit academic, industrial, and public sector employers. CIMA education and training strategy is led by Prof Ilaria Bellantuono (

Training Opportunities

CIMA PhD Studentships

CIMA supports eighteen 4-year PhD Studentships, with six studentships based at each University. Studentships have been allocated to projects that are clearly defined as cross-institutional and strategically important. All of our studentships have now been filled, details of our studentship projects can be found within individual work packages.

MRes in Musculoskeletal Ageing

CIMA has developed a bespoke training programme in musculoskeletal ageing leading to the degree award of Masters of Research. The programme is delivered by CIMA and utilises the knowledge, expertise and world-class facilities of each University to produce a collaborative and unique training experience. For more information please visit our CIMA MRes page.

MRC DiMeN Doctoral Training Partnership

The MRC DiMeN (Discovery Medicine North) is a Doctoral Training Partnership between the Universities of Sheffield, Liverpool, Newcastle and Leeds. One of the research themes is Ageing and Disease, and CIMA plays an integral role to provide training in the processes and effects of ageing in the musculoskeletal system, how ageing contributes to diseases of the musculoskeletal system, and how these may be ameliorated to help preserve mobility and independence in older people.

A call for applications for fully funded studentships for 2016 entry is now open with a deadline of the 22nd January 2016.

Training for Clinicians

CIMA has provided support to establish three Clinical Research Fellows who have undertaken research training in musculoskeletal ageing for a minimum period of 12 months. CIMA also offers training opportunities for Academic Clinical Fellows (ACF) in associated specialties (e.g. rheumatology, Trauma & Orthopaedic Surgery). For more information on opportunities available please contact the Centre Manager in the first instance.