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Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences (NDORMS) researchers and several international collaborators have been awarded funding from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to deliver an ancestrally diverse musculoskeletal atlas of healthy tissues.

The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) announced $28 million in grants to support the inclusion of data from tissue samples from ancestrally diverse donors in the Human Cell Atlas (HCA). A total of 16 teams of researchers were successful – including single-cell biologists, tissue experts, computational biologists, and community-engaged researchers, who represent 31 different countries.

The "Ancestrally Inclusive Musculoskeletal Atlas Network" is receiving $2m in funding. The network is a global collaboration between multiple research institutes – the University of Oxford (UK), University of Bristol (UK), African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology (Zimbabwe), University of Cambridge (UK), University of Southampton (UK) – with tissue collections spanning India, Zimbabwe, Turkey, The Gambia, Oman and Argentina.

The musculoskeletal system accounts for over one-third of adult body mass and is essential for locomotion, fine motor control and independence. A cellular 'road-map' of ancestrally inclusive healthy musculoskeletal tissues will provide fundamental metrics to define the diverse tissues of the musculoskeletal system.

Read the full story on the NDORMS website

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