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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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The strategic aim of the research efforts at NIKKB is to continue to contribute new knowledge in the musculoskeletal field by focusing on solving specific challenges at the level of both the patient and society, specifically:


  • Patients with musculoskeletal problems experience different clinical courses, which is why we will continue our work to establish ‘customised’ interventions based on new knowledge.
  • Our ambition is to focus on implementation research where new knowledge about the barriers to, and methods for, promoting the systematic application of research findings is further developed and embedded in daily clinical practice.
  • At NIKKB, our research has always sought to understand the life trajectories of musculoskeletal disease. This will still apply. We will continue to study these clinical courses in order to develop insights that are useful and practical in prevention and treatment.


Research focus

To meet these strategic priorities, the following research areas will be the principal focus up to the end of 2022:


  1. Patient profiles & differentiated care
  2. Implementation research & knowledge translation
  3. Musculoskeletal heath from a life course perspective with a special focus on spinal health


Read more about our research focus under the section Project Areas in the menu.




Jan Hartvigsen attends opening of new branch of Australian Twin Registry

When the Australian Twin Registry opens its new branch The Twin Project Node at the University of Sydney in late October, the opening will be attended by professor and research director at the IOB and senior researcher at NIKKB, Jan Hartvigsen, among others.


The branch opens with a symposium on Friday, October 30, 2015 in the Charles Perkins Centre at the University of Sydney, and Jan Hartvigsen will be holding a speech entitled The Accidental Twin Researcher at the conference.


Other speakers at the symposium are Professor Stephen Simpson (University of Sydney), Professor John Hopper (Australian Twin Registry…

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Henrik Wulff Christensen takes part in International conference


On Thursday and Friday Henrik Wulff Christensen, Director and Head of Research at NIKKB, participates in the Bone and Joint Decade and Norwegian Musculoskeletal Research Networks Conference "Breaking Down the Barriers - Towards Integrated Care" in Olslo, Norway. 


The two days offers a concentrated program with many presentations by speakers from around the world. There is plenty of opportunity to be updated on the latest research and debate in the field.


During the two days, breaks will give Henrik Wulff Christensen the opportunity to network and exchange experiences with other conference participants. Read more about the conference:…

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Tue Secher Jensen participates in conference in Norway

This Friday and Saturday Senior Researcher at Rygcenter Syddanmark and NIKKB, Tue Secher Jensen participates in a conference on Modic changes held by the Norsk Forening For Ryggforskning (Norwegian Society for Back Research).


Tue Secher Jensen has been invited to speak on the conference as one of three invited speakers. He is scheduled to give a talk Friday morning entitled "Modic changes - Prevalence and association with pain." His talk will give a presentation of the evidence around the frequency of Modic changes and its association with back pain.


The other invited speakers at the conference are…

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On earth, gravity ensures that our muscles are constantly active. But in space, it's different. Our muscles become weak when exposed to weightlessness, because they do not need to work. For astronauts this is a major challenge.


On September 2nd, the Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen fulfilled a boyhood dream. When he was sent into space to the International Space Station, he became the first Dane in space. But both he and the other astronauts encounter a number of challenges when they leave the Earth. Weightlessness naturally affects the muscles, and during his time in space, Andreas Mogensen will test…

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9th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain


Take part in the 9th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain in Singapore in 2016 and update your knowledge of lumbar and pelvic pain.


Professor and Head of Research at the IOB and Senior Researcher at NIKKB, Jan Hartvigsen, is a member of the organizing committee and a speaker at the 9th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain in Singapore from 31 October to 3 November 2016. Jan Hartvigsen was also invited to speak at the congress, when it…

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