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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.




Hartvigsen J, Boyle E, Cassidy JD, Carroll LJ. Mild traumatic brain injury after motor vehicle collisions: what are the symptoms and who treats them? A population-based 1-year inception cohort study. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. 2014;95(3 Suppl 2):286-94.

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WFC’s World Spine Day Contest 2013

For the third year the WFC has held a World Spine Day Contest open to associations, colleges, and individuals and with the goal of encouraging activities to raise awareness of the Bone and Joint Decade’s World Spine Day on October 16 and of spinal problems and the chiropractic profession itself.

This year there were impressive entries in quality and number.  The panel of judges appointed by the WFC Public Health Committee has announced the following results:

First Prize (US$1,000)
Children Chiropractic Federation, Hong Kong

Second Prize (US$750)
International Medical University (IMU), Malaysia

Third Prize (US$500)
Hong Kong Chiropractic College Foundation,…

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The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) and the Association of Chiropractic Colleges (ACC), are holding an international conference titled Chiropractic Education for a Changing Healthcare Environment at the Sheraton Miami Airport Hotel in Miami, Florida from October 29 – November 1, 2014.

Sponsors and hosts include the International Board of Chiropractic Examiners, the American Chiropractic Association, and the International Chiropractors’ Association. 

This will be the eighth biennial education conference held by the WFC and ACC since the year 2000. The majority of those attending will be faculty members of chiropractic education institutions worldwide and on past experience we expect…

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CALL FOR ORIGINAL RESEARCH PRESENTATIONS: 13th WFC Congress ECU Convention, Athens, Greece, May 13-16, 2015

Submission deadline for abstracts: Sept 14, 2014

Submission website: will open in June 2014

Acceptance notifications sent on or before: December 7, 2014

See the official presentation here.

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Jan Hartvigsen speaking at the World Congress on Low Back and Pelvis Pain http://www.worldcongresslbp.com/

Profesor and Senior Researcher Jan Hartvigsen (SDU and NIKKB) has been invited to speak at the world Congress on Low Back and Pelvis Pain that takes place in Dubai October 27-31.

Jan Hartvigsen's keynote address is entitled "From non-specific to specific low back pain. How to look and what to look for" which will open a session on progress in identifying subgroups of back pain patients.

Other speakers in the session include Jonathan Hill from Keele University who will talk about development and validation of…

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