• 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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    Research Output

    Activation of the descending pain modulatory system using cuff pressure algometry: Back translation from man to rat

    Cummins, TM., Kucharczyk, M., Graven-Nielsen, T. & Bannister, K., 29 Apr 2020, In : European Journal of Pain.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • Activity Modification and Knee Strengthening for Osgood-Schlatter Disease: A Prospective Cohort Study

    Rathleff, M. S., Winiarski, L., Krommes, K., Graven-Nielsen, T., Hölmich, P., Olesen, J. L., Holden, S. & Thorborg, K., Apr 2020, In : Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine. 8, 4, 2325967120911106.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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    Adjunctive effects of laser therapy on somatosensory function and vasomotor regulation of periodontal tissues in patients with periodontitis- A randomized controlled clinical trial

    Gou, H., Fan, R., Chen, X., Li, L., Wang, X., Xu, Y., Svensson, P. & Wang, K., 8 Mar 2020, In : Journal of Periodontology.

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

  • Datasets

    C19 SymMaps survey data

    Boudreau, S. (Data Collector), VBN, 1 Apr 2020



    Girls' Day in Science AAU 2019

    Amelia Reimer Borregaard (Organizer), , Rikke Hagensby Jensen (Organizer), , Anna Lyhne Jensen (Participant), , Anne Marie Svane (Participant), , Anne Juhler Hansen (Participant), , Ann-Louise Andersen (Participant), , Belinda Nors (Participant), , Cejna Anna Quist-Jensen (Participant), , Katrine Vogt Møller (Participant), , Kirstine Meyer Frandsen (Participant), , Lea Tøttrup (Participant), , Marike Koch van den Broek (Participant), , Lone Kørnøv (Participant), , Janne Jul Jensen (Participant), , Vibeke R Borregaard (Participant), & Lotte Sørensen (Participant)

    2 Oct 2019

    Activity: Attending an eventOrganisation or participation in workshops, courses, or seminars


    Phenotyping of multiple biofluids for liquid biomarkers for diagnostics and personalized medicine

    Allan Stensballe (Lecturer), , Sten Rasmussen (Lecturer), , Lars Arendt-Nielsen (Lecturer), & Thomas Bouet Guldbæk Poulsen (Lecturer)

    18 Sep 2019

    Activity: Talks and presentationsConference presentations


    Press / Media

    Ny tvivl om bækkenløsning

    Thorvaldur Palsson & Thomas Graven-Nielsen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media

    Hjernen styrer din smerte

    Lars Arendt-Nielsen


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Press / Media