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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 10th Interdisciplinary World Congress on Low Back and Pelvic Girdle Pain is held from October 28th -31st 2019 in Antwerp, Belgium.
The congress, which has Professor at the University of southern Denmark and Senior Researchers at NIKKB, Jan Hartvigsen, on the scientific committee, is the only truly multidisciplinary conference on lumbopelvic pain.
The deadline for submission of an abstract to the congress is December 20th 2018. Read the guidelines here: http://www.worldcongresslbp.com/abstracts/
If you wish to be kept informed, you can subscribe to the congress newsletter and you will be automatically updated on the latest news: http://www.worldcongresslbp.com/registration/

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If you are a chiropractor with an interest in sports injuries or involved in sports chiropractic, the 2019 FICS (The International Federation of Sports Chiropractic) symposium in Berlin in March 2019 is for you.
During the symposium, you will be introduced to the newest research in sports chiropractic, get an opportunity to get to know techniques and network with sports chiropractors from more than 40 countries.
Read more about the symposium, prices and signing up via this link: https://fics-sport.org/portal/index.php/en/events/meetings/93-2019-fics-assembly-symposium

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The inaugural seminar for the two new professors, Alice Kongsted and Bart Koes, will be held on November 14th in auditorium o100 at the University of Southern Denmark, Campusvej 55 in Odense.


The deadline for registering your participation in the seminar is November 7th via this link: http://webpay.sdu.dk/system/iob/


You can see rthe programme for the inauguration here

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Alice Kongsted appointed Professor at the University of Southern Denmark

Alice Kongsted, Senior Researcher at NIKKB and Associate Professor at the Department for Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, has been appointed Professor with special obligations (wso) of Musculoskeletal Research in Primary Care at the Research Unit of Clinical Biomechanics at the University of Southern Denmark from November 1st 2018.


Alice Kongsted will strengthen the University of Southern Denmark's practice-based research in musculoskeletal health focusing on back pain and strengthen the recruitment and development of new research talents.


Alice Kongsted's appointment is officially marked with a joint appointment seminar for her and Professor at IOB, Bart Koes, on November…

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Unable to make to the ECU Convention in Budapest last spring? Now you can read about the award winning oral presentations and poster presentations from the convention in a new paper in Chiropractic & Manual Therapies titled ECU Convention 2018 Congress proceedings.
The paper is laid out as an overview of the award winning presentations in the form of abstracts from each presentation. The overview includes Steen Harsted’s ’Capturing movement patterns in children using a novel 3d motion capture approach’, Henrik Hein Lauridsens ‘Motor control and musculoskeletal health in kingergarten children’ and Lise Hestbæk’s presentation of Sara Thunøe Jensen’s poster…

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