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Scandinavian Association for the Study of Pain 2024 Congress

Center for Intelligent Musculoskeletal Health (CIM) was strongly represented at this years SASP congress in Helsinki with 8 posters from Britt Elin Øiestad, Frida Elise Larsen, Henriette Jahre, Kaja Lien Smedbråten, Linn M. Stensrud, Maren H Guddal, Martin Gorosito Irico, and Omid Rasouli.

Martin Gorosito Irico won the award for «top poster presentation» and Kaja Lien Smedbråten won the award for best poster presentation

Disputation Alexander Tingulstad 13th of May 2024

Alexander Tingulstad defended his PhD thesis «Return to work interventions for people on sick leave due to musculoskeletal disorders; Effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of treatment, and measurement properties of the Musculoskeletal Health Questionnaire» 13th of May 2024.

Alexander Tingulstad was a PhD student in the MI-NAV project. Margreth Grotle and Maurits van Tulder were his supervisors. Professor Elsa Kristina Margareta from Göteborgs universitet and Professor Erik Werner from the University of Oslo were his opponents.

Disputation Tarjei Langseth Rysstad 6th of March 2024

Tarjei Langseth Rysstad defended his PhD thesis «WORK DISABILITY AND PROGNOSIS. Investigating sickness absence trajectories and prediction in workers on sick leave due to musculoskeletal disorders» 6th of March 2024.

Tarjei Langseth Rysstad was a PhD student in the MI-NAV project. Anne Therese Tveter, Margreth Grotle and Lene Aasdahl were his supervisors. Associated Professor Emilie Friberg from Karolinska Institutet and Professor Silje Mæland from the University of Bergen were his opponents.

The Scandinavian Sports Medicine Congress 2024

Britt Elin Øiestad and Rikke Munk Killingmo participated at the Scandinavian Sports Medicine Congress in Copenhagen. Britt Elin Øiestad chaired several sessions and Rikke Munk Killingmo had an oral presentation with the study «Cost-effectiveness of strength exercise or aerobic exercise compared to usual care for patients with knee osteoarthritis: a multi-arm randomised controlled trial«.

CIM activities conveyed through the Mediaplanet

In December, we communicated our work and activities through Medianplanet in the «Health Innovation» campaign. The campaign was launched digitally and in print with Aftenposten on 20 December

Disputation Ørjan Nesse Vigdal 24th of November 2023

Ørjan Nesse Vigdal defended his PhD thesis «Back pain in older adults: Investigating characteristics and prognosis» 24th of November 2023.

Ørjan Nesse Vigdal was a PhD student in the BACE-N project. Margreth Grotle and Kjersti Storheim were his supervisors. Professor Peter Croft from Keele University and Professor Ottar Vasseljen from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) were his opponents

The Norwegian Musculoskeletal Research Network Conference 2023

Center for Intelligent Musculoskeletal Health (CIM) was strongly represented at the yearly MUSS congress at Gardermoen. Rikke Munk Killingmo was invited to participate at a Panel Discussion on the theme ”research in primary care, opportunities and challenges”. Britt Elin Øiestad had an oral presentation of the study «Effekten av motiverende intervju eller stratifisert samtalebasert intervensjon sammenlignet med vanlig praksis for sykemeldte som følge av muskel- og skjelettdiagnoser. 12 måneders resultater fra MI-NAV studien». Rikke Munk Killingmo had an oral presentation of her study «Kostnadseffektiviteten av styrketrening eller aerob trening sammenlignet med vanlig behandling for pasienter med kneartrose en flerarmet randomisert kontrollert studie». Kaja Smedbråten had an oral presentation of her study «Har utvikling av langvarige muskelskjellettsmerter sammenheng med andre helseplager hos ungdom? Prospektive analyser fra Fit Futures-undersøkelsen», and Lise Grethe Kjønø had an oral presentation with her study «Bruk av helsetjenester blant pasienter med rygg- og nakkeplager som er henvist til vurdering i spesialisthelsetjenesten».

In the poster sesion, Tarjei Rysstad presented his paper «Predicting prolonged work absence due to musculoskeletal disorders: development, validation, and clinical usefulness of prognostic prediction models», and Maren H Guddal presented the HEYoung Intervention Study «The HEYoung Pain Intervention Study – Developing and testing the feasibility of a person-centered intervention for adolescents with persistent pain». Tarjei Rysstad won the award for best poster presentation, and Rikke Munk Killingmo won the award for best oral presentation!

The Norwegian Congress of Medicine and science in Sports 2023

Britt Elin Øiestad and Rikke Munk Killingmo participated at the Norwegian Congress of Medicine and science in Sports in Trondheim. Rikke Munk Killingmo had an oral award presentation with the study «Cost-effectiveness of strength exercise or aerobic exercise compared to usual care for patients with knee osteoarthritis: a multi-arm randomised controlled trial» and won 2nd place of the abstract competition.

CIM activities conveyed through the MediaPlanet

In September we conveyed our work and activities through the MediPlanet

Simon Kristoffer Johanssen from Aalborg University visited CIM

Simon Kristoffer Johanssen from Aalborg University visited CIM and presented on themes related to the HEYoung project: to co-create an intervention with users and stakeholders for adolescents with pain and test the intervention in a feasibility and pilot study

Crystian Oliveira, senior researcher at São Paulo State University in Brazil visited CIM

Crystian Oliveira, senior researcher at São Paulo State University in Brazil, had a research stay at CIM in September. Together with Bjørnar Berg and Britt Elin Øiestad from CIM he had a workshop on systematic reviews

Quiche Chen from the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in Sidney visited CIM

Quiche Chen, PhD student from the Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in Sidney, had a research stay at CIM in September. Quiche aims to generate knowledge on emergency contacts in the AID-Spine project

The 13th congress of the European Pain Federation (EFIC)

Several CIM members participated at the European Pain Federation in Budapest, Hungary. CIM was presented with one poster from LM Stensrud.

The International Forum for Back and Neck Pain Research in Primary Care 2023

Center for Intelligent Musculoskeletal Health (CIM) was strongly represented at the International Forum for Back and Neck Pain Research in Primary Care in Groningen, the Netherlands.

CIM was presented with 6 posters from Ø Vigdal, B Berg, RM Killingmo, LG Kjønø, and E Maas. In addition, B Berg and Ø Vigdal were invited speakers at the workshop: “Prognostic models and machine learning in patients with back and neck pain: towards an international consortium”.

Ørjan Vigdal

Rikke M Killingmo

Lise Grethe Kjønø

Bjørnar Berg

Esther Maas

CIM at the European Federation of Art Therapy Conference 2023

The project “Growing the art therapy research base together across disciplines” was orally presented at the European Federation of Art Therapy Conference 2023 by the team Prof Parisa Gazerani and dean Kåre Rønn Richardsen

Professor Maurits van Tulder visited CIM

Professor Maurits van Tulder from Vrije University Amsterdam in the Netherlands, visited CIM and provided a writing seminar for grant applications together with Professor Raymond Ostelo. This resulted in 9 applications submitted in September 2023.

Zheng An Toh and Professor He-Hong Gu visited CIM

Zheng An Toh, PhD student in the AID-Spine Project, and his supervisor, Professor He-Hong Gu, from the National University of Singapore visited CIM in June. Zheng An Toh aims to generate knowledge in the contextual perspective of Singapore, by conducting a systematic review of risk and prognostic co-decision support tools, externally validating the findings generated from Norway in Singapore, and evaluating the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of the Singaporean validated AI-based prognostic tool for spinal disorders for orthopaedic surgeons and patients to co-decide treatment plans.

Disputation Daniel Major 2nd of June 2023

Daniel Major defended his PhD thesis «Self-managed exercises for patients with shoulder pain: Components to address in a trial» 2nd of June 2023.

Daniel was a PhD student in the Ad-shoulder project. Yngve Røe and Margreth Grotle were his supervisors.

Research stay at the Centre for Pain Impact, NeuRA, NeuroScience Research in Sidney, Australia

Professor Margreth Grotle had a 3-month research stay (25th February – 19th May 2023) at the Centre for Pain Impact, NeuRA, NeuroScience Research in Sidney, Australia. The research stay was funded by the Norwegian Research Council.

CIM at the Norwegian Musculoskeletal Research Network Congress (MUSS) 2022

Center for Intelligent Musculoskeletal Health (CIM) was strongly represented at the yearly MUSS congress at Gardermoen. Margreth Grotle contributed to the session «work and musculoskeletal health» with a 30-minute presentation of the results from the MI-NAV study. Tarjei Rysstad had an oral presentation of his study “Identification and Characterisation of Trajectories of Sickness Absence Due to Musculoskeletal Pain: A 1-Year Population-based Study”. Britt Elin Øiestad had two oral presentations. She presented the studies “The effectiveness of adding motivational interviewing or stratified vocational advice intervention to usual case management on return to work for people with musculoskeletal disorders” and “The effectiveness of two different exercise programs for patients with knee osteoarthritis. A randomized controlled trial”. Rikke Munk Killingmo presented her paper «Modifiable prognostic factors of high costs related to healthcare utilization among older people seeking primary care due to back pain: an identification and replication study». Henriette Jahre contributed to the session musculoskeletal pain among children and adolescents with a 30-minute presentation of epidemiology and risk factors for musculoskeletal pain among adolescents.

Disputation Rikke Munk Killingmo 28th of October 2022

Rikke Munk Killingmo defended her PhD thesis «Cost of Illness due to Back Pain in Older People. Healthcare utilization, modifiable prognostic factors, and the measurement properties of self-reported productivity loss using the iMTA Productivity Cost Questionnaire» 28th of October 2022.

Rikke Munk Killingmo was a PhD student in the BACE-N project. Margreth Grotle and Kjersti Storheim were her supervisors. Paul Enthoven and Karin Magnusson were her opponents

Disputation Fiona Aanesen 16th of October 2022

Fiona Aanensen defended her PhD thesis «Return to work interventions for workers on sick leave due to MSK disorders. Evaluation of motivational interviewing and a stratified vocational intervention» 16th of October 2022.

Fiona Aanesen was a PhD student in the MI-NAV project. Britt Elin Øiestad and Kjersti Storheim were her supervisors.

CIM at the European Pain Federation (EFIC) in Dublin 2022

The Center for Intelligent Musculoskeletal Health (CIM) has been at the European Pain Federation (EFIC) in Dublin. This year’s theme was “Targeting pain and its co-morbidities in the digital age”. Several interesting topics were covered, for example, Artificial intelligence in pain research, Sleep and pain, depression and pain, and new research methodologies in pain management. CIM was represented with four posters from our research group MUSKHealth

Ørjan Vigdal

«Predictive validity of STarT Back Screening Tool in older adults with back pain in primary care: The BACE-N cohort study»

Fiona Aanesen

«Effectiveness of stratified vocational advice or motivational interviewing for return to work among workers on sick leave with musculoskeletal disorders: a randomized controlled trial»

Kaja Smedbråten

«Are health complaints in adolescence associated with future persistent musculoskeletal pain? Prospective analyses from the Fit Futures Study»

Tarjei Langseth Rysstad

«Identification and characterization of trajectories of sickness absence and disability pension due to musculoskeletal pain: a 1 year population-based study»

Disputation Henriette Jahre 13th of May 2022

Henriette Jahre defended her PhD thesis «Prevalence and risk factors for neck and musculoskeletal pain in adolescents and young adults” 13th of May 2022.

Henriette Jahre was a PhD student in the HEYoung project. Britt Elin Øiestad and Margreth Grotle were her supervisors. Michael Rathleff and Ingebrit Meisingset were her opponents.