• Fredrik Bajers Vej 7 D3

    DK-9220 Aalborg


Organization profile

Organisation profile

Translational Research in Neuroscience & Engineering



Translational research in neuroscience and engineering is the primary focus of SMI. The aim is to develop new diagnostic and therapeutic methods in the areas of pain, motor control, sports sciences, and rehabilitation.

SMI is an international research and training center with 50% of the staff coming from abroad, and the working language is English. The research center is operating under Department of Health Science and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, Aalborg University.

SMI is headed by Professor Lars Arendt-Nielsen (co-founder).


Organisation of research

Interdisciplinarity, international cooperation, and committed and dedicated researchers are the core resources of SMI. The interdisciplinarity is illustrated by a diversity of research areas. 

The research is organised in the following Research Interest Groups (RIG):


The International Doctoral School in Medicine, Biomedical Science and Technology offers Ph.D. programmes within the research areas of SMI and other closely related biomedical areas.

The School is headed by Associate Professor Carsten Dahl Mørch. 

In 2006, the School was awarded a grant from The Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation to start a doctoral programme for elite students.

Further information at the webpage of the Doctoral School.



Based on grants from the North Jutland Region and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation SMI launched an innovation programme in 2006. The aim is to develop SMI research results into commercial products in co-operation with biomedical and pharmacological industry. 

In 2011 Eir Business Park was established by means from the European Regional Development Fund, Aalborg University and the North Denmark Region.

Further information about innovation.



Participation in networks within biomedical science, neuroscience, and clinical disciplines is of major importance to SMI.
The established research co-operation and partnerships with a wide range of research centres, hospitals, and companies constitute a substantial resource for SMI.
Currently, co-operation includes more than 40 organisations in 15 countries and 20 national and international companies.

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Pain Medicine & Life Sciences
Pain Threshold Medicine & Life Sciences
Muscles Medicine & Life Sciences
Pressure Medicine & Life Sciences
Chronic Pain Medicine & Life Sciences
Healthy Volunteers Medicine & Life Sciences
Exercise Medicine & Life Sciences
Randomized Controlled Trials Medicine & Life Sciences

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Projects 1987 2021

Research Output 1982 2019

A combined volume conduction and nerve fiber model for assessment of electrode design in relation to preferential activation of small cutaneous nerve fibers

Poulsen, A. H., Tigerholm, K. J. V., Andersen, O. K. & Mørch, C. D., 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conference without publisher/journalConference abstract for conferenceResearchpeer-review

A comparison of SoMe and traditional patient recruitment strategies for an online digital pain assessment study

Galve Villa, M., Palsson, T., Bjarkam, C. & Boudreau, S., 2019, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conference without publisher/journalConference abstract for conferenceResearchpeer-review

Activity Modification and Load Management of Adolescents With Patellofemoral Pain: A Prospective Intervention Study Including 151 Adolescents

Rathleff, M. S., Graven-Nielsen, T., Hölmich, P., Winiarski, L., Krommes, K., Holden, S. & Thorborg, K., 16 May 2019, In : The American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Prospective Studies


Best poster award

Maria Galve Villa (Recipient), 2019

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Clinica Award

Lotte N. S. Andreasen Struijk (Recipient), 9 Mar 2013

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Jos Willems Young Investigators Award 2008

Mads Peter Andersen (Recipient), 3 May 2008

Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

Activities 1993 2019

16th World Congress on Pain

Laura Petrini (Participant)
26 Sep 20161 Oct 2016

Activity: Attending an eventConference organisation or participation

Artrose i knæ og hofter – diagnostik og behandling – et område i rivende udvikling

Søren Thorgaard Skou (Lecturer)
11 Nov 2013

Activity: Talks and presentationsTalks and presentations in private or public companies

Press / Media

Salsa kan hjælpe ældre til ikke at falde så ofte

Mikkel Jacobi Thomsen


2 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media

Aabybro Bibliotek får besøg af smerteforsker

Thomas Graven-Nielsen


2 items of media coverage

Press/Media: Press / Media