The Body at Work is the name of the FAS-center grant awarded to the Center for Musculoskeletal Research (CBF) in the autumn of 2009. To become FAS-center means a large and long-term financial increment - 50 million over 10 years. It is also a strong testimony that CBF's research is in the top international ranking and that the organization is stable and credible.
CBF's eight research programs show the multidisciplinary and encompassing research fields necessary in the study of physical health and illness in the workplace. CBF is one of the few research groups in Europe that has such a broad approach.
CBF's research is directed to musculoskeletal disorders as well as to how to improve health through the proper selection of physical activity. The correct activity load is a very important factor, either in terms of providing an individual suffering from muscle pain back their working capability or to minimize the effects of inactivity in professions with deskbound work. In regard, trouble and pain because of the wrong work load is still one of the major public health problems in Europe today.
Like other strong research groups, we have extensive collaborations with other researchers in Sweden and internationally. A part of the FAS-center's research is based on collaborations with groups that complement CBF's competence, or who are creative partners contributing to the mutual benefit.
Svend Erik Mathiassen, professor and coordinator
Mats Djupsjöbacka, Dr and Deputy Coordinator