UMKC gets $8.3 million grant to study bones, muscles

The University of Missouri-Kansas City has received an $8.3 million federal grant to study how the weakening of bones and muscles as we age is related.

UMKC researchers will use the five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging to build on new evidence that bones and muscles communicate with each other through biochemical signals and that disease in bones and muscles may have negative effects on each other.

The research may ultimately lead to new ways to treat aging bones and muscles.

The multidisciplinary team of researchers will be led by Lynda Bonewald, director of the bone biology research program at the UMKC School of Dentistry.