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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.




Professor Jan Hartvigsen from NIKKB and University of Southern Denmark will be at Harvard School of Public Health and Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety as a guest researcher from July 1st to November 1st. 2013.

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The World Wederation of Chiropractic has appointed Professor Jan Hartvigsen to serve as member of the WFC Research Council from September 1st 2013.

The position has a 8 year term.

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Cand.manu. Rune Mygind Mieritz:

Subject: ”Measuring regional movement in the lumbar spine – reliability and change in chronic low back pain patients”

Date: Friday, 31 May 2013 at 14.00 hrs.

Venue: Room 91, University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55, 5230 Odense M

Committee of Examiners:

Professor Alison H McGregor, Department of Surgery & Cancer, Imperial College London

Professor Henning Langberg, Department of Public Health, Social Medicine, University of Copenhagen

Professor Niels Wedderkopp, Institute of Regional Health Services Research, University of Southern Denmark (chairman)

Principal Supervisor:

Professor Jan Hartvigsen, Clinical Biomechanics, Department of Sports Sciences and Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark

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The education of chiropractors at Macquarie University, Sydney, has received a clear message that continued university affiliation demands increased research activity.

It is of utmost importance to the education as well as to the entire profession’s development and reputation that chiropractors can continue to be educated in a university setting, which naturally has raised the motivation for initializing research of high quality considerably.

That’s why Sydney has started to check out the environment for strong chiropractic research units that can be used for inspiration and collaboration, and eventually they settled for the research milieu around The Institute of Sports Science…

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At the recent ECU Convention in Barcelona, Spain, the two chiropractors Henrik Hein Lauridsen, DC, MSc, PhD and Lise Hestbæk, DC, PhD received the 2nd prize for their presentation: ’Development of the Young Spine Questionnaire’.

The prize was given for the development of a questionnaire to be used among children and adolescents. The questionnaire is specifically designed to examine the prevalence of back and neck pain in this population. It includes questions related to pain severity, school absence due to the pain and possible treatment received for the pain.

Included in the prize is an amount of €1.000.

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