Bone and Muscle Health Research

About Bone and Muscle Health Research

We have considerable experience conducting clinical trials of new and current pharmaceuticals on fracture prevention and bone mineral density, the effect of calcium, vitamin D3 and exercise on bone structure, population-based studies of osteoporosis including fracture rates, bone mineral density, and physical activity, and the prevalence and effect of Vitamin D deficiency and its treatment.

We offer diagnostic tools to support a comprehensive platform for bone health assessment, obesity assessment and visualisation of calcification in the abdominal aorta that can indicate heart disease.  

The bone density unit boasts a DXA (Dual-emission X-ray absorptiometry) densitometer, used primarily to evaluate bone mineral density and total body composition, and pQCT (Peripheral quantitative computed tomography) for measuring peripheral bone mineral density, volumetric bone mineral density, plus other measures such as the stress-strain index (SSI) and the geometry of the bone. The bone density unit is available to both clinical and research patients.

Current studies

  • Vitamin D
  • Osteoporosis
  • Sarcopenia
  • Muscle loss and ageing
  • Monitoring of physical activity and exercise

Bone Reports (An online, open access, peer reviewed journal), Editor-in-Chief: Peter Ebeling

Group head

Professor Peter Ebeling

Professor Peter Ebeling, AO, is Head of the Department of Medicine in the School of Clinical Sciences at Monash Health, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. He is also Director of the Australian Institute of Musculoskeletal Science (AIMSS). In 2015, Professor Ebeling was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) for his distinguished service to medicine in the field of bone health, through academic contributions and research initiatives in a range of administrative, executive and professional roles.

Find out more about Professor Peter Ebeling.

Our staff

Meet the Bone and Muscle Health Research team.


Read and access a selection of our publications.


If you are thinking of a career in neurosciences research the School of Clinical Sciences is a great place to start. We are located at Monash Medical Centre (MMC) Clayton within easy walking distance of both Monash University Clayton Campus and the Clayton Shopping District.

Find out more about current postgraduate opportunities (Honours, Masters, PhD).

Clinical services at Monash Health

The Endocrinology Unit at Monash Health provides services for adults  with general endocrinology conditions including osteoporosis and  metabolic bone disease.

Find out more and make an appointment with the Endocrinology Unit at Monash Health.