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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.



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Jan Hartvigsen, Professor and Head of Research at the Department of Sports Science and Biomechanics and Senior Researcher at NIKKB, has been appointed Adjunct Professor at two Canadian universities, the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto and and the University of Ontario UOIT-CMCC Centre for Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation. Jan Hartvigsen plans to use his Adjunct Professorships to further collaboration between the University of Southern Denmark and NIKKB and the two Canadian educational institutions.


Jan Hartvigsen says about the appointment:


- I am very happy to have received this appointment and recognition. We generally collaborate a lot with researchers from Canada and in later years also with researchers from CMCC. As an example of our collaboration, we exchange young researchers in common projects. This Summer, chiropractic student Michaela Saugstrup spent a month at the CMCC, where, among other things, she and Professor and chiropractor Pierre Côté analysed data that can tell us more about why Danes with back pain present to a chiropractor.


- We have a plan to invite a young chiropractor from UOIT-CMCC to come to Odense for three years to work on a PhD project on spinal stenosis. We also collaborate on a large project where we will develop a new system for communication about manual therapy – a sort of modern ‘listing system’ together with researchers from all over the world. The project includes representatives from all health professions using manual treatment, says Jan Hartvigsen. And he adds:


- I plan to visit UOIT-CMCC in Toronto approximately once every year with the purpose of working on projects, doing talks and develop collaborations, Jan Hartvigsen concludes.


Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College is the Canadian chiropractors’ place of study. CMCC was founded to represent a focal point for chiropractic in Canada. It opened in September 1945. As it is the sole chiropractic educational institution in the English speaking part of Canada, most Canadian chiropractors are CMCC graduates and the CMCC also accepts students from around the world.


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