The study of the musculoskeletal system relies upon diverse imaging modalities such as X-ray imaging, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) and Positron emission tomography (PET). In basic science projects the key imaging technique used is microscopy and this includes many advanced forms of microscopy such as fluorescence imaging, live-cell imaging and confocal microscopy.

A/Prof Damian Myers
Program Director
Damian Myers is an Associate Professor and Principal Research Fellow with the Melbourne Medical School in the Department of Medicine at the University of Melbourne. He is also the Program Director for Basic Science and Medical Imaging at AIMSS. Prof Myers is an expert in a diverse range of medical imaging technologies and has performed basic research into pathophysiology of disease processes for over 20 years. Prof Myers has had several appointments as Senior Scientist including in the Epilepsy and Neuropharmacology Laboratory, Department of Medicine at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, as a Project Leader and Consultant for the CRC for Biomedical Imaging Development and as a Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering in the X-ray Science and Instrumentation and Advanced Materials-Wave Physics laboratory. He has been involved with collaborative projects and worked on several national committees involving medical imaging including ANSTO/ AINSE and the Australian Synchrotron.

Prof Gustavo Duque
Linked Program Director
Professor Gustavo Duque is a world leader in ageing and musculoskeletal research. He is a geriatrician and a clinical and biomedical researcher with special interest in the mechanisms and treatment of osteoporosis, sarcopenia and frailty in older persons. His initial training included Internal Medicine at Javeriana University (Colombia) and Geriatric Medicine, which he completed at McGill University in Montreal (Canada). Subsequently, he obtained his PhD at McGill University in 2003 with a thesis entitled ‘Molecular Changes of the Ageing Osteoblast’ under the supervision of Dr Richard Kremer.
Between 2003 and November 2007, Prof Duque joined the faculty at McGill University Medical School as a member of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and as Researcher at the Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research. In November 2007, he moved to Australia to join the Faculty as Associate Professor and Head of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Director of the Musculoskeletal Ageing Research Program at Sydney Medical School Nepean – University of Sydney. In 2012, he was promoted to Professor of Medicine at the University of Sydney. In 2015, Prof Duque moved to Melbourne to assume a new position as Chair of Medicine and Director of the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Science at the University of Melbourne.
Prof Duque’s major research interests include the elucidation of the mechanisms of age-related bone loss, osteoporosis, sarcopenia and frailty. He is also looking at the effect of vitamin D, exercise and proteins on bone and muscle mass. Finally, he is implementing a new Falls and Fractures clinic at Sunshine Hospital where patients are assessed for falls and fractures risk in a comprehensive manner.

A/Prof John T. Price
Linked Program Director
Associate Professor John T. Price is a Graduate Research Coordinator at AIMSS/Melbourne Medical School – Western, University of Melbourne. He is also Director of Research and Research Training College of Health and Biomedicine at Victoria University St Albans Campus, St Albans.

Prof Alan Hayes
Linked Program Director
Professor Alan Hayes is the Assistant Dean, Western Centre for Health Research and Education (WCHRE) located at Sunshine Hospital and the Deputy Director of the Australian Institute for Musculoskeletal Sciences (AIMSS). Professor Hayes has over 25 years’ experience in muscle physiology studies. Professor Hayes’ doctoral studies at The University of Melbourne investigated muscle contractile and histological function in in mice with muscular dystrophy, a severe muscle wasting disease. Upon arriving at Victoria University, his research expanded to be inclusive of the importance of muscle mass and function in a variety of health conditions. As such he has extensive experience with human and animal trials as well as cell culture models, and maintains a focus on investigating potential therapies for DMD as well as the interplay between sarcopenia and obesity. Age related changes, particularly with concomitant obesity, are going to be a massive chronic disease issue as the population ages and rates of obesity arise, and thus his current focus is in trying to understand the underlying causes of sarcopenia and investigating possible treatments.

Dr Ebrahim Bani Hassan DrVM, DrVSc, PhD, GCALL, GCUT, Fel.IBLAIM
Linked Program Director
Ebrahim is a veterinary surgeon and internist, and a Fellow of IBLAIM. His speciality is musculoskeletal pathobiology, imaging and image analysis; and also holds PhD and postdoc experiences in the field. He is currently working on the pathobiology and diagnostics of osteosarcopenia, osteoporosis, sarcopenia and osteoarthritis. He is interested in studying the interactions between bone muscle and fat tissues, as well as musculoskeletal decline in association with other system diseases (e.g. metabolic, cardiovascular and neurological conditions). Ebrahim is in charge of the clinical imaging and image analysis facilities at AIMSS and welcomes well-designed collaborative projects on musculoskeletal health and pathobiology. This program at the moment is nursing a very young project on the 3D printing of bone. Watch the space for the exciting news.
  • Advanced medical imaging
  • Fluorescence microscopy / Confocal LASER scanning microscopy / Live-cell imaging
  • Translational use of 3D stem cell cultures for the study of musculoskeletal tissue interactions
Our Team