Center for Intelligent Musculoskeletal Health (CIM)

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. In the Musculoskeletal research group 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. The Musculoskeletal research group has a broad national and international network, and through the establishment of the CIM the research will be strengthened to also include other disciplines such as machine learning, advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology, and innovation actors.

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 the 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 into three Pillars, which are designed to form a translational trajectory from clinical research to the implementation and dissemination of innovative and effective interventions.

  • Pillar 1: Epidemiology and clinical research: Use statistical methods and AI in musculoskeletal epidemiological research including analyses of health surveys, health registries and clinical data.

  • Pillar 2: Intelligent health and innovation: Co-create innovative solutions that facilitate effective personalized interventions for musculoskeletal disorders.

  • Pillar 3: Implementation and dissemination: Evaluate, implement and disseminate innovative and effective solutions/interventions for clinical care, work and health education programs


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