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Centre for Intelligent Musculoskeletal Health (CIM)

Illustration of a human body and x-ray photos.

Our mission is to co-create intelligent and personalized interventions and inter-disciplinary and international research that facilitate care of individuals with musculoskeletal disorders and supports sustainable health care. CIM is one of five Excellent Academic Environments at Oslomet.


The scientific organization of the research in the CIM is divided in three Pillars, which are designed to form a translational trajectory from clinical research to implementation and dissemination of the innovative and effective interventions.

In addition, we have established three topic groups that embrace all three research pillars. These are:

  1. Value-creation and research-based innovation
  2. User involvement group
  3. Dissemination and utilization

CIMs blog

For more updates, please visit our blog.


The research group Musculoskeletal Health has a blog. Read about projects, publications and more on

Research projects

  • Our team


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      Leader pillar 1

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        Leader pillar 2

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          Leader pillar 3

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            Project coordinator

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              Senior adviser

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                  Zheng an Toh, PhD-student

                  Raymond Ostelo

                  User representative

                  Thor Einar Holmgard

                  External board

                  Kjersti Storheim, Oslo University Hospital
                  John-Anker Zwart, Oslo University Hospital
                  Birgitta Öberg / Allan Abbott, Linkøping University
                  Robert James Froud, Warwick Clinical Trials Unit and Kristiania University College
                  Morten Goodwin, University of Agder
                  Jan Hartvigsen, University of Southern Denmark in Odense
                  Paul Jarle Mork, NTNU
                  Tore Solberg, Nord University
                  Danielle Van der Windt, Keele University

                • Partners, networks and external board

                  Core collaborating partners and networks

                  • Oslo University Hospital, research unit for musculoskeletal disorders (FORMI): professor John-Anker Zwart and professor Kjersti Storheim.
                  • MUSS research network & Nordic MSK research network.
                  • NordSTAR

                  External Scientific board

                  Allan Abbott, Associate Professor, Department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences (HMV), Division of Prevention, Rehabilitation and Community Medicine (PRNV), Linköping, Sweden

                  Robert James Froud, Professor, Institute of Health Sciences, Kristiania University College, Oslo, Norway / Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, UK

                  Morten Goodwin, Professor, Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research, Department of ICT, University of Agder, Grimstad, Norway / Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway

                  Jan Hartvigsen, Professor, Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark 

                  Paul Jarle Mork, Professor, Department of Public Health and Nursing, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, NTNU, Trondheim, Norway

                  Tore Solberg, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery and The Norwegian Registry for Spine Surgery (NORspine), University Hospital of Northern Norway, Tromsø, Norway/ Institute for Clinical Medicine, The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway

                  Kjersti Storheim, Professor, Research and Communication Unit for Musculoskeletal Health (FORMI), Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway / Department of Physiotherapy, Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway

                  Danielle Van der Windt, Professor, Research Institute for Primary Care and Health Sciences, Keele University, Keele, UK

                  John-Anker Zwart, Professor, Department of Research, Innovation and Education, Division of Clinical Neuroscience, Oslo University Hospital, Oslo, Norway

                  Birgitta Öberg, Professor, Department of Health, Medicine and Caring Sciences (HMV), Division of Prevention, Rehabilitation and Community Medicine (PRNV), Linköping, Sweden