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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.




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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As of May 1st. chiropractor, PhD, Tue Secher Jensen has joined NIKKB as part of our research team.

Tue Secher Jensen: "I have been doing research in Medical Imgaing since I graduated from University of Southern Denmark in 2002. As part of the Research Team and Imaging Unit at NIKKB, I work in the intersect between imaging and research. One of the projects that I will undertake is the evaluation    
of the new referral guidelines for musculoskeletal imaging that will be published in June 2013".

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Chiropractor Ellen Aartun has won the main prize at the 21st Annual Meeting of the Norwegian Spine Research Society - the Back and Neck Prize.

The meeting was held in Oslo Friday and Saturday April 19th.-20th.

Ellen presented partial results from her PhD project, a cross-sectional and two-year longitudinal analysis of the prevalence, incidence and course of back and neck pain in children aged 11-13.

Congratulations to Ellen – well done.

Prize winners Elisabeth Bjelland and Ellen Aartun

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NIKKB was part of a large Danish delegation at WFC's 12th Biennial Congres in Durban, South Africa on April 10-13, 2013.

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