About the Center

Who are we? 

The Center for Muscle and Joint Health comprises a network of three research units at the University of Southern Denmark that pursues research excellence through synergistic research projects with internal and external partners. These research units are:

With over 50 active researchers in the Center, including approximately 25 PhD students, from diverse disciplines including physiotherapy, chiropractic, medicine, psychology, exercise physiology and biology, the Center has the capacity to engage with key research questions from a broad bio-psycho-social perspective. We publish our research findings in leading scientific journals with high impact and our results are often communicated in print and electronic media. We are frequently represented in The Danish Health and Medicines Authority’s expert groups due to our strong national position in the field of musculoskeletal health.


What is our research area?

‘Muscle and joint disease’ is defined in this context as a condition characterised by pain and loss of function localized to one or more locations in the body's musculoskeletal system (most commonly the back, neck, knee, hip and shoulder). In this context, it does not include autoimmune diseases (e.g. Rheumatoid Arthritis), osteoporosis (brittle bones) or neurological diseases (e.g. Parkinson's Disease or Multiple Sclerosis).

What do we do? 

Through multidisciplinary collaborative research and implementation programs, our Center seeks to positively promote the benefits of lifelong healthy joints, muscles, and bones, thereby minimising the substantial negative impacts of muscle and joint disease in Denmark.

To this end, we intend to:

  • Network with world-leading research institutions to develop the musculoskeletal-specific research agenda to fill gaps in evidence and to seek collaborative opportunities for research projects.
  • Foster collaborations between relevant public and private organisations in Denmark to increase the profile of musculoskeletal disease, identifying potential partnerships and joint funding applications.
  • Seek funding from interested donors to support flagship research programs.
  • Attract bright young researchers from across the health spectrum to educate the next generation of scientists.
  • Support clinicians by helping them translate research evidence into best clinical practice.
  • We want to ensure that people with musculoskeletal disease have the same access to evidence-based prevention and early treatment as people with other chronic diseases.

Where are we located?

The Center is located within the University of Southern Denmark’s Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics. It is physically housed in the Department’s state-of-the-art Active Living Building in Odense, Denmark. The building, with its adjoining stadium, presents an ideal setting for research and innovation projects performed in collaboration with other institutes and faculties across the University and with our external partners. The Department also incorporates laboratories for such basic research as movement analysis right through to applied research in our research clinic and the development of professional practice skills. These include leading edge facilities for integrated exercise and physical activity, which serve as inspiration for new thinking in the areas of exercise and training, treatment and prevention. With a focus on active and healthy living, the facilities contribute to advances in research, education, entrepreneurship and innovation nationally as well as globally.

The combination of high-level scientific and professional expertise and purpose- designed physical resources at the University of Southern Denmark creates the perfect platform for the establishment of this new Center to address the emerging pandemic of muscle and joint disease.