Center for Intelligent Musculoskeletal Health (CIM)

The Center for Intelligent Musculoskeletal health (CIM) was approved as one of five excellent academic environments at OsloMet in fall 2020. Researchers currently affiliated with the Musculoskeletal research group and OsloMet Artificial Intelligence Lab at the Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, as well as national and international partners, will collaborate in transdisciplinary research activities at the new center.

The primary objective of CIM is to build an academic environment for developing innovative and intelligent musculoskeletal health interventions. We conduct high-quality research on musculoskeletal health in a life course perspective, embracing adolescents, young adults, adults, and older people. The research involves several stakeholders, including user representatives, clinicians and researchers from health service, work and health education settings.

Musculoskeletal disorders are the second common cause of disability worldwide, and with the ageing population these disorders represent one of the largest future challenges for health and society welfare. Therefore, the CIM at OsloMet will bring together experts in complementary fields to develop, evaluate, and implement effective innovative and practical solutions to challenges faced by stakeholders involved in the musculoskeletal field. We will explore different technological methods within AI (in particular machine learning) in order to enhance current understanding of development and risk of persistent disorders. Our ambition is to develop innovative and effective personalized interventions that can be implemented in clinical, work and health education settings.

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.

Pillar 1: Epidemiology and clinical research

Pillar 2: Applied artificial intelligence research

Pillar 3: Personalized interventions and models of care

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