Musculoskeletal and Bone Health

Project Details

The Healthy Ageing Program collects data on musculoskeletal and bone health, including the prevalence of osteoarthritis, bone mineral density, joint aches and pains, falls, and balance.

Current Musculoskeletal and Bone Health projects include:

  • Vitamin D deficiency and balance
  • Physical activities for healthy ageing


  • Professor Flavia Cicuttini
  • Dr Raquel Pedrero-Chamizo
  • Alexander Blizzard
  • Alice Aitkenhead

Research Publications

  • Hassan, E. B., Szoeke, C., Vogrin, S., Phu, S., Venkatraman, V., Desmond, P., ... & Duque, G. (2019). Association between structural changes in brain with muscle function in sarcopenic older women: the women’s healthy ageing project (WHAP). Journal of musculoskeletal & neuronal interactions19(2), 136.
  • Szoeke, C. E. I., Dennerstein, L., Wluka, A. E., Guthrie, J. R., Taffe, J., Clark, M. S., & Cicuttini, F. M. (2008). Physician diagnosed arthritis, reported arthritis and radiological non-axial osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis and cartilage16(7), 846-850. doi: 10.1016/j.joca.2007.12.001
  • Szoeke, C. E., Cicuttini, F. M., Guthrie, J. R., & Dennerstein, L. (2008). The relationship of reports of aches and joint pains to the menopausal transition: a longitudinal study. Climacteric11(1), 55-62. doi: 10.1080/13697130701746006
  • Szoeke, C. E., Cicuttini, F. M., Guthrie, J. R., Clark, M. S., & Dennerstein, L. (2006). Factors affecting the prevalence of osteoarthritis in healthy middle-aged women: data from the longitudinal Melbourne Women's Midlife Health Project. Bone39(5), 1149-1155. doi: 10.1016/j.bone.2006.05.016
  • Szoeke, C., Dennerstein, L., Guthrie, J., Clark, M., & Cicuttini, F. (2006). The relationship between prospectively assessed body weight and physical activity and prevalence of radiological knee osteoarthritis in postmenopausal women. The Journal of rheumatology33(9), 1835-1840.
  • Szoeke, C. E., Cicuttini, F., Guthrie, J., & Dennerstein, L. (2005). Self-reported arthritis and the menopause. Climacteric8(1), 49-55. doi: 10.1080/13697130400012296

Research Group

Healthy Ageing Program

Faculty Research Themes


School Research Themes

Neuroscience & Psychiatry, Women's Health, Infectious Diseases and Immunity, Musculoskeletal , Cardiometabolic

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