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Until 2016 our primary research areas are epidemiological and prevention research, spinal pain, musculoskeletal chest pain and osteoarthritis.



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 research efforts at NIKKB are specifically focused on addressing issues related to the on-going development of the profession. To this end, our strategic priorities will be to:

•    Facilitate the on-going systematic collection of data from cohorts of patients suffering from a range of musculoskeletal conditions by building and maintaining a practice-based network of chiropractic clinics and applying novel technologies such as SMS-tracking in the follow-up of these patients;
•    Closely monitor and identify the characteristics of patients seeking chiropractic care, map the interventions delivered, and describe the clinical course;
•    Describe the characteristics and trajectories of musculoskeletal patients seeking care in the primary health care sector by working closely with primary care research units;
•    Articulate a chiropractic professional identity which differentiates the unique contribution of chiropractors to the multidisciplinary nature of the Danish health care system through on-going qualitative interviews; and
•    Study the development of integrated musculoskeletal health care practices in primary and secondary care settings with the aim to strengthen the contribution of chiropractic.

Research focus

To meet these strategic priorities, the following research areas will be the principal focus up to the end of 2016:

1.    Epidemiological and prevention research
2.    Spinal pain
3.    Musculoskeletal chest pain
4.    Osteoarthritis

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



Greg Kawchuk visited NIKKB

Last Friday, Greg Kawchuk PhD, professor og CRC Chair at Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Alberta, said goodbye to NIKKB after having spent a week at the institute. During his recent visit, the Canadian researcher and PhD Rune Mieritz worked together on finishing a study of how palpation of spinal landmarks can be improved with ultrasound, and he also worked with the technical team at IOB to upgrade a device that measures spinal stiffness.

The stay at NIKKB towards the end of October was not Greg Kawchuk’s first visit to NIKKB. The Canadian Professor spent five months…

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As reported earlier, Jan Hartvigsen, Professor and Head of Research at JOB and Senior Researcher at NIKKB, is on a visit to Australia, where he will lecture at the opening of the Australian Twin Registry's new branch at the University of Sydney today.


During his visit to Sydney, Jan Hartvigsen appeared in an interview where he discussed back pain associated with studies of twins. Back pain is often associated with old age, but new research has shown that pain begins much earlier and may develop into chronic pain if not treated in time.


- Twins with back pain…

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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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