Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute

Our Mission

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OMNI scientists conduct basic and clinical research that advances musculoskeletal and neurological health. We have renowned research programs in the areas of pain and aging. Our pain disorders work focuses on spine rehabilitation, while our projects on aging focus on frailty and fractures. The goal of our research is helping individuals maintain mobility and reduce disability.

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See how our work is training the next generation of scientists.


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Our Team

omni team 5 Our multidisciplinary research team draws widely on expertise in many fields, including neuroscience, skeletal muscle physiology, gerontology, musculoskeletal disease, functional biomechanics, health psychology and behavioral medicine.

Our Facilities

Aerial view of OU campus Our research facilities are spread across the campus of Ohio University, home to dozens of centers, institutes and facilities that advance world-class research, scholarship and creative work. The institution ranks in the top tier of universities nationally for research return on investment.

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September 24, 2017
Renowned surgeon, author, public health researcher and Athens, Ohio, native Atul Gawande, M.D., has won widespread recognition for transforming the national conversation on aging and end-of-life choices. On Sept. 25, people from the Athens area had a chance to hear him speak on the importance of community and choice in the lives of seniors. Read More
January 15, 2017
A team of scientists with the Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute (OMNI) has received a — $414,625 NIH grant to study how proprioception the body’s ability to sense movement and where things are without visual feedback — is affected by injury and the part it plays in successfully rehabilitating people with lower back pain. Read More
June 20, 2016
The Ohio Musculoskeletal and Neurological Institute at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine is one of six sites nationwide selected to examine the potential for an investigational compound to promote muscle performance and physical function in older adults with limited mobility. Read More
April 12, 2016
An interdisciplinary team of medical scientists, engineers, physical therapists and entrepreneurs at Ohio University is hoping to develop a new system of diagnosing osteoporosis that offers a better chance for people with weak bones to get the treatment they need. Read More