The External Advisory committee (EAC) members were selected on the basis of outstanding scientific reputations and on their experience with developing or directing research centers. The EAC  oversees and critiques the scientific progress and administrative function of the CMDR and offers advice on these matters to Dr. O’Brien. The EAC helps develop concepts and plan programs, encourages and assists faculty development with career guidance, and identify scientific and administrative resources.

The following scientists serve as External Advisory Committee members for the Center of Musculoskeletal Disease Research (CMDR):

Clifford J. Rosen, M.D., Senior Scientist, Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Research. Research interests include the genetic regulation of insulin-like growth factor relative to skeletal metabolism, the relationship between marrow adipogenesis and osteoblastogenesis, and the interactions between whole body and skeletal metabolism.

Deborah Veis (Novack), M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Pathology and Immunology. Research interests include metabolic bone pathology, breast pathology, mechanisms of pathological bone loss, study of osteoclasts.

Mark Johnson, Ph.D., Professor and Chair of the Department of Oral and Craniofacial Sciences and Director, UMKC Center of Excellence in the Study of Dental and Musculoskeletal Tissues (CEMT). Research interests include the molecular basis of human disease and for the past twenty-five years has focused on the molecular genetics of osteoporosis and the biochemical crosstalk between skeletal muscles and osteocytes.

Eileen M. Shore, Ph.D., Cali and Weldon Research Professor in FOP Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Research interests include Genetic Regulation of Bone Formation: Genetic diseases of bone formation and development. Molecular and cell biology of bone formation and osteoblast differentiation. Cell signaling pathways and transcriptional activation and regulation of bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) and GNAS target genes. Developmental biology of BMP signaling.

Alexander G. Robling, Ph.D., Professor of Biomedical Engineering , Indian University School of Medicine. Research interests include studying anabolic pathways for bone tissue, including discovery of the molecular mechanisms by which bone tissue senses mechanical loading. Dr. Robling studies how proteins involved in the Wnt signaling cascade affect bone accumulation, and how signal transduction originating from mechanical stimulation is altered by this pathway.