Research focus

The main research focus at ISMC is the adaptation of tendon and muscle connective tissue to acute and chronic mechanical loading.

The overall aim of ISMC is to investigate how the muscle-tendon unit adapts to short and long term alterations in mechanical loading, including that associated with physical training, inactivity and immobilization in conjunction with injury, and aging. In particular we focus on the adaptation of tendon and connective tissue of muscle. Our long term objective is to improve the treatment of physical activity and work related injuries of the connective tissue of the muscle-tendon unit, which are responsible for a considerable number of all lost working days in Denmark.
(About ISMC research groups)


The ISMC is located in Copenhagen city, Denmark, and was established at the Department of Rheumatology at Bispebjerg Hospital in conjunction with the establishment of a professorship in Sports Medicine at the University of Copenhagen in 1997.

The group consists of 2 Professors, 6 Senior Researchers, 7 Medical Doctors, 6 Post docs,
12 PhD students (with background in Medicine, Sports Science, Human Biology and Biochemistry), 10 Sholar stipends, 7 Master Student, 4 Lab technicians, 4 Academic employees, and 7 Secretaries.