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Towards 2022, NIKKB research will focus on developing customised treatment for the individual patient, research into how we can implement new knowledge in daily practice and understand the lifelong trajectory of musculoskeletal disease.



The Research Unit at NIKKB has formulated a strategy outlining the institute's research priorities for the period 2018-2022.

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To achieve research excellence, we aim to maintain existing, and build new, collaborative partnerships with research institutes both within Denmark and abroad. NIKKB has a reputation as a collaborating institution: locally through the Clinical Locomotion Network comprising partners at the University of Southern Denmark and the Spine Centre of Southern Denmark, in addition to many projects with departments at Odense University Hospital; and globally with its many international collaborators including the recent establishment of chiropractic research institutions in Norway and Sweden, which will strengthen the Nordic dimension in the coming years.

Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark

The Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics is one of six institutes at the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Southern Denmark. The research focus of the institute’s 160 employees including the 61 PhD students is physical activity and health with a special focus on musculoskeletal health. Research activities range from basic science laboratory research in muscle physiology and joint biomechanics over clinical research and clinical trials in the areas of osteoarthritis, back and neck pain, public health interventions in the form of physical activity and exercise to population-based epidemiological research based on Danish registries like the Danish Twin Registry. Researchers at the institute produce around 200 international scientific papers and books per year.

The Spine Centre of Southern Denmark, Hospital Lillebaelt

The Spine Centre of Southern Denmark is the main medical and surgical centre for the diagnosis, treatment, teaching and research of non-inflammatory back pain in the region. It is an integrated part of both Lillebaelt Hospital and the Institute of Regional Health Research, University of Southern Denmark. Researchers at the Spine Centre perform clinical and epidemiological research using the medical database SpineData, the surgical database Danespine and project-specific data, including clinical trials. Furthermore, experimental pain research and the CHAMPS study of a Natural Experiment on physical activity intervention in school children are also based here.