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      Curriculum Vitae – Steffan Wittrup McPhee Christensen

      Uddannelse & Kvalifikationer

      • Nuværende: Lektor ved det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Aalborg Universitet
      • Nuværende: Lektor på Fysioterapeut Uddannelsen, University College Nordjylland (deltid)
      • 2017: Ph.d. i Clinical Science and Biomedicine, Aalborg Universitet
      • 2015-2016: Arbejdede for Sundhedsministeriet på udarbejdelsen af “Nationale kliniske retningslinjer for ikke-kirugisk behandling af nyopståede nakkesmerter”
      • 2012: Eksamen i Muskuloskeletal ultralydsscanning via PFF i Norge
      • 2010: Godkendt af Danske Fysioterapeuter som Specialist i Muskuloskeletal Fysioterapi
      • 2009: Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, University of Queensland (UQ), Australia
      • 2005: B.Sc. in physiotherapy, Holstebro

      Klinisk Erfaring

      • Nuværende: Fysioterapeut på klinik (Deltid), Apex Fysio, Aalborg, siden 2015
      • Nuværende: Konsulent for Kenpo Danmark (Holstebro fra 2002 og Aalborg fra 2014 til nu)
      • 2010-2015: Fysioterapeut på klinik (fuldtid: 2010-2011 & deltid herefter), Arkadens Fysioterapi, Aalborg
      • 2006-2008: Fysioterapeut på Hreyfigreining (klinik) i Reykjavik, Island
      • 2007-2008: Fysioterapeut ved Hreyfing (fitness center) i Reykjavik, Island
      • 2007: Fysioterapeut for Gigtforeningen på Island (deltid)
      • 2005-2006: Fysioterapeut ved Bistrup fysioterapi i Birkerød

      Forsknings ophold og forskningssamarbejde 

      • 2014: Ophold ved University of Queensland, Juli-September

      Akademiske priser & Udemærkelser

      • 2016: SASP Travel Award – Eneste givet i Danmark i 2016
      • 2015: Nomineret som “Top Best Abstracts” ved 9th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®) – PAIN IN EUROPE IX
      • 2014: Poster Pris ved ”The Healthy Research” research seminar at the Faculty of Medicine, AAU. One of two prices given. Præmie: 5,000kr
      • 2012: Poster Pris ved ”Fourth Annual Aalborg Symposium on the Advances in Neurophysiology and Neural Rehabilitation Engineering of Movement”, AAU. En ud af to priser.
      • 2009: Deans’ Commendation for High Achievement, Master of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, UQ, Australien

      Peer-Reviewed Artikler

      • Francesco Langella, Steffan Wittrup McPhee Christensen, Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson, Morten Høgh, Nicolo Gagni, Pablo Bellosta-López, David Høyrup Christiansen, Mauro Delle Chiaie, Victor Domenéch-García, Venerina Johnston, Grace P Y Szeto, Jorge Hugo Villafañe, Pablo Herrero, Pedro Berjano. Development of the Prevent for Work questionnaire (P4Wq) for assessment of musculoskeletal risk in the workplace: part 1-literature review and domains selection. BMJ Open. 2021 Apr 12;11(4):e043800. DOI: 1136/bmjopen-2020-043800 PMID: 33846150
      • Palsson, Thorvaldur Skuli; Christensen, Steffan Wittrup McPhee; De Martino, Enrico; Graven-Nielsen, Thomas. Pain and disability in low back pain can be reduced despite no significant improvements in mechanistic pain biomarkers. Clin J Pain. 2021 May 1;37(5):330-338. doi: 1097/AJP.0000000000000927 [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 33830092
      • Morten Villumsen; Bo Grarup; Steffan Wittrup McPhee Christensen; Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson; Rogerio Pessoto Hirata. Study protocol for the ≥65 years NOrthern jutland Cohort of Fall risk Assessment with Objective measurements (the NOCfao study). BMC Geriatrics, 2020, Jun 8;20(1):198. doi: 1186/s12877-020-01535-6. PMID: 32513121
      • Steffan W. M. Christensen; Søren T. Skou. Letter to the Editor concerning “The role of non-rigid cervical collar in pain relief and functional restoration after whiplash injury: a systematic review and a pooled analysis of randomized controlled trials” by Ricciardi L, et al. (Eur Spine J; [2019] 28:1821–1828). Eur Spine J. 29:1191–1192(2020)2020 Mar 16. doi: 1007/s00586-020-06372-0. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 32180023
      • Palsson, T; Boudreau, S; Høgh, M; Herrero, P; Bellosta-Lopez, P; Domenech-Garcia, V; Langella, F; Gagni, N; Christensen, S; Villumsen, M. Education as a Strategy for Managing Occupational-related Musculoskeletal Pain: a scoping review, BMJ Open, 2020, Feb 12;10(2):e032668. doi: 1136/bmjopen-2019-032668. PMID:32051307
      • Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson, Steffan Wittrup Christensen, Morten Haugaard Pape, Rogerio Pessoto Hirata, Trine Rafn, Søren T. Skou – Cross-cultural adaptation of the Danish version of the Big Five Inventory – a dual-panel approach. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 2019, Dec 4. pii: /j/sjpain.ahead-of-print/sjpain-2019-0066/sjpain-2019-0066.xml. doi: 1515/sjpain-2019-0066. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31800396
      • Steffan Wittrup McPhee Christensen; Anneli Peolsson; Simone May Agger; Mikkel Svindt; Thomas Graven-Nielsen; Rogerio Pesoto Hirata. Impaired accuracy of head repositioning during experimental neck pain is influenced by a cognitive task. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, 2019, Dec 18;20(1):191-203. doi: 1515/sjpain-2019-0093. PMID: 31553712
      • Palsson TS, Travers MJ, Rafn T, Ingemann-Molden S, Caneiro JP, Christensen SW. The use of posture-correcting shirts is not supported by current evidence – a scoping review of the literature. Scandinavian Journal of Pain, May 10. pii: /j/sjpain.ahead-of-print/sjpain-2019-0005/sjpain-2019-0005.xml. doi: 1515/sjpain-2019-0005. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 31075089
      • Pætur M. Holm, Søren T. Skou, Jens L. Olesen, Sissel Mølbak, Heidi Jørgensen, Morten Skjoldager, Steffan W. Christensen. Ultrasonographic assessment of patellar tendon thickness at 16 clinically relevant measurement sites – a study of intra- and interrater reliability. Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies, 2019 Apr;23(2):344-351. doi: 1016/j.jbmt.2019.02.004. Epub 2019 Feb 5. PMID: 31103118
      • Palsson, T.S.; Christensen, S.W.; Thomsen, M.H.; Hirata, R.P. Assessment of range and quality of neck movement using a smartphone-based application. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 2019 Jun; 41:64-69. doi: 1016/j.msksp.2019.01.002. Epub 2019 Jan 9. PMID: 30639245
      • Rogerio P. Hirata; Steffan W. Christensen; Simone Agger; Mikkel Svindt; Nicklas Røssner; Jesper Abildgaard; Nicolas Vuillerme; Thomas Graven-Nielsen. Light Touch Contact Improves Pain-Evoked Postural Instability During Quiet Standing. Pain Medicine 2018 Dec 1;19(12):2487-2495. doi: 1093/pm/pny015. PMID: 29481664
      • SW Christensen, RP Hirata & T Graven-Nielsen. Altered pain sensitivity and axioscapular muscle activity in neck pain patients compared to healthy controls. European Journal of Pain, 2017 Nov;21(10):1763-1771. doi: 1002/ejp.1088. Epub 2017 Aug 27 PMID: 28845598
      • Per Kjaer, Alice Kongsted, Jan Hartvigsen, Anne Gram, Berit Schiøttz-Christensen, Bolette Søborg, Charlotte Krog, Christian Martin Møller, Christine Skovgaard, Frank Lønberg, Hans Kristian Lauritsen, Henrik Hein Lauridsen, Inge Ris Hansen, Jesper Nørregaard, Jørgen Korsgaard, Karsten Juhl Jørgensen, Lars Valentin Hansen, Marie Jakobsen, Martin Bach Jensen, Martin Melbye, Peter Duel, Peter Kryger-Baggesen, Steffan W. Christensen, Tina Povlsen. National Clinical Guidelines for non-surgical treatment of patients with resent onset neck pain with and without radiating arm pain. European Spine Journal. 2017 Sep;26(9):2242-2257. doi: 1007/s00586-017-5121-8. Epub 2017 May 18. PMID: 28523381
      • Souza-Silva, E; Wittrup Christensen, S; Hirata, RP; Larsen, RG; Graven-Nielsen, T. Blood flow aftercontraction and cuff occlusion is reduced in subjects with muscle soreness after eccentric exercise. Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, 2018 Jan;28(1):29-39. doi: 1111/sms.12905. Epub 2017 May 29. PMID: 28453899
      • Martin Rabey; Toby Hall; Clair Hebron; Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson; Steffan Christensen; Niamh  Reconceptualising manual therapy skills in contemporary practice. Musculoskeletal Science & Practice, 2017 Jun;29:28-32. doi: 10.1016/j.msksp.2017.02.010. Epub 2017 Mar 6. PMID: 28286240
      • SW Christensen, RP Hirata & T Graven-Nielsen. Bilateral experimental neck pain reorganise axioscapular muscle coordination and pain sensitivity. European Journal of Pain, 2017 2017 Apr;21(4):681-691. doi: 1002/ejp.972. Epub 2016 Nov 11. PMID: 27862644
      • Tim Alex Lindskou, Steffan Wittrup Christensen, Thomas Graven-Nielsen. Cuff algometry for estimation of hyperalgesia and pain summation. Pain Medicine, 2017 Mar 1;18(3):468-476. doi: 1093/pm/pnw168. PMID: 27558855
      • CA Mista, M Bergin, R Hirata, S Christensen, K Tucker, P Hodges, T Graven-Nielsen. Effects of prolonged and acute muscle pain on the force control strategy during isometric contractions. The Journal of Pain, Oct;17(10):1116-1125. doi: 1016/j.jpain.2016.06.013. Epub 2016 Jul 30. PMID: 27480383
      • Lo Vecchio, S; Petersen, LJ; Finocchietti, S; Gazerani, P; Christensen, SW; Arendt-Nielsen, L; Graven-Nielsen, T. Interaction between ultraviolet B-induced cutaneous hyperalgesia and nerve growth factor-induced muscle hyperalgesia. The European Journal of Pain, 2016 Aug;20(7):1058-69. doi: 1002/ejp.828. Epub 2015 Dec 28. PMID: 26709043
      • Michael Joseph Gerard Bergin; Rogerio Hirata; Christian Mista; Steffan W Christensen; Kylie Tucker; Bill Vicenzino; Paul Hodges. Movement evoked pain and mechanical hyperalgesia after intramuscular injection of nerve growth factor: A model of sustained elbow pain. Pain Medicine, 2015 Nov;16(11):2180-91. doi: 1111/pme.12824. Epub 2015 Jul 14. PMID: 26178748
      • RP Hirata, S Salomoni, SW Christensen & T Graven-Nielsen. Reorganised Motor Control Strategies Of Trunk Muscles Due To Acute Low Back Pain. Human Movement Science Human Movement Science, 2015 Jun;41:282-94. doi: 1016/j.humov.2015.04.001. Epub 2015 Apr 13. PMID: 25879794
      • SW Christensen, RP Hirata & T Graven-Nielsen. The effect of experimental neck pain on pressure pain sensitivity and axioscapular motor control. The Journal of Pain, 2015 Apr;16(4):367-79. doi: 1016/j.jpain.2015.01.008. Epub 2015 Jan 29. PMID: 25640292
      • Shellie A. Boudreau, Susanne Badsberg, Steffan W. Christensen, Line L. Egsgaard. Digital Pain Drawings: Assessing touch-screen technology and 3D body schemas. Clinical Journal of Pain, 2016 Feb;32(2):139-45. doi: 1097/AJP.0000000000000230. PMID: 25756558
      • O’Leary S, Christensen SW, Verouhis A, Pape M, Nilsen O, McPhail SM. Agreement between therapists rating scapular posture in multiple planes in patients with neck pain. Physiotherapy, 2015 Dec;101(4):381-8. doi: 1016/j.physio.2015.01.005. Epub 2015 Jan 25. PMID: 25749493
      • SM Schabrun, SW Christensen, N Mrachacz-Kersting, T Graven-Nielsen. Motor cortex reorganization and impaired function in the transition to sustained muscle pain. Cerebral Cortex. 2016 May;26(5):1878-90. doi: 1093/cercor/bhu319. Epub 2015 Jan 21. PMID: 25609242
      • Christian A Mista, Steffan W Christensen & Thomas Graven-Nielsen. Modulation of motor variability related to experimental muscle pain during elbow-flexion contractions. Human Movement Science; 2015 Feb;39:222-35. doi: 1016/j.humov.2014.09.006. Epub 2014 Dec 12. PMID: 25498290

      Andre Publikationer

      • Steffan Wittrup McPhee Christensen; Gwendolen Jull; Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson. IASP Fact sheet “Neck pain”. [Epub]. IASP, January 2021
      • Steffan Wittrup Christensen; Dorte Drachmann. Forskning i Fysioterapi – kunsten at balancere strategi og værdi. [Danish]. UCN perspektiv, December 2019; https://doi.org/10.17896/UCN.perspektiv.n6. 2019
      • Palsson, T.S.; Christensen, S.W.; Thomsen, M.H.; Hirata, R.P. Response to letter to editor regarding: Assessment of range and quality of neck movement using a smartphone-based application. Musculoskeletal Science and Practice, 2019 Oct;43:e2-e3. doi: 1016/j.msksp.2019.04.013. Epub 2019 May 9. PMID: 31085067
      • Steffan Wittrup Christensen; Stian Ingemann-Molden; Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson. Holdningskorrigerende trøjer – Har du en holdning til tøj? [Danish]. Dansk Sportsmedicin, May 2019
      • Steffan Wittrup Christensen; Megan McPhee; Martin Rabey; Niamh Moloney; Thorvaldur Skuli Palsson. Back pain in sports – Same but different? Dansk Sportsmedicin, 4, 21. årgang, November 2017 ISSN 2445-7876
      • Steffan Wittrup Christensen. Neck pain – Sensory and motor effects during shoulder movements. PhD-Thesis, Aalborg University Press 2017
      • TextNeck – A new disease threatening our health or a homegrown problem? – Palsson TS; Christensen SW [Icelandic] – The Physical Therapist – Journal of the Icelandic Physiotherapy association. 1(46).2017.
      • Bolette Søborg; Peter Duel; Anne Gram; Henrik Hein Lauridsen; Alexander Isenberg-Jørgensen; Martin Bach Jensen; Alice Kongsted; Jørgen Korsgaard; Steffan W. Christensen; Charlotte Krog; Peter Kryger-Baggesen; Hans Kristian Lauritsen, Frank Lønnberg. National klinisk retningslinje for ikke-kirurgisk behandling af nyopståede uspecifikke nakkesmerter. [Danish] Sundhedsstyrelsen, November 2016, ISBN: 978-87-7104-816-2

      Inviteret foredragsholder, samt oplæg på Symposier & Workshops

      • 2019: Inviteret foredragsholder: “Brug af holdningskorrigerende trøjer – kan reklamerne holde det de lover?”, Idrætsmødet, Aalborg,
      • 2018: Symposium: “Spinal pain – Myths, facts and treatment strategies”, Danske fysioterapeuters fagkongres, Odense.
      • 2017: Inviteret foredragsholder ved Recover research unit, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australien. Emne Neck pain– Sensory and motor effects”
      • 2017: Workshop: “Muskuloskeletale smerter – Undersøgelse, behandling & evidens” i samarbejde med Danske Fysioterapeuter, Aalborg.
      • 2017: Inviteret foredragsholder ved Spine Congress, Aarhus, Danmark
      • 2017: Foredrag ved folkeuniversitetet. Emne “Nakkesmerter og hovedpine”, Aalborg
      • 2016: Inviteret foredragsholder ved “Translational Neurobiology of the Pain System XXI”, Aalborg
      • 2016: Workshop på Middelfart ryg-center. Emne “Nakkesmerter”. Middelfart
      • 2015: Inviteret foredragsholder ved “Moving on With Pain Symposium – Neck Pain & Headache” arrangeret af SMOF. Emne “Nakkesmerter, smertesensitivitet og motorisk kontrol”, Aalborg.
      • 2015: Inviteret foredragsholder “ Smerter og motorisk kontrol i relation til bækken, lænd og nakke – implikationer for forskning i klinisk praksis” Fyraftensmøde, UCN
      • 2014: Workshop: “Muskuloskeletale smerter – Undersøgelse og evidens”. Forsknings- og Udviklingssymposium UCN, Aalborg
      • 2014: Inviteret foredragsholder “Neck pain – Motor and sensory aspects”, Human Neuroscience Unit, UQ, Australia
      • 2014: Inviteret foredragsholder “Neck pain and muscle function”, Australian Institute of Sports, Canberra, Australia
      • 2013: Inviteret foredragsholder “Neck pain – The effect of experimental neck pain on pressure pain sensitivity and axioscapular motor control”på kurset “Biomechanics and motor control. Upper extremity function and dysfunction from a clinical and applied perspective”
      • 2013: Inviteret foredragsholder “Neck pain – Neck pain ¬ Motor and sensory aspects: Preliminary results from a PhD project” Ortopædisk forsknings forum, Aalborg Universitets hospital
      • 2012: Workshop ”Low back pain – Posture & Gait” Sports dag for ben amputerede, Aalborg

      Undervisning

      • Kurser i ind- & udland for sundhedspersonale med fokus på muskuloskeletale smerter, mekanismerne bag samt undersøgelse, behandling og evidensen herfor.
      • Nuværende: Gruppevejledning og undervisning på bachelor- og kandidatniveau (Muskuloskeltal Fysioterapi, Medicin, Smertevidenskab og Tværfaglig Smertebehandling, Klinisk Videnskab og Teknologi, Idræt & Fysioterapi) ved det Sundhedsvidenskabelige Fakultet, Aalborg Universitet samt ved Fysioterapeut Uddannelsen, University College Nordjylland siden 2012
      • 2011-2013 Underviser på kurser i Ultralydsscanning for sundhedspersonale (læger, fysioterapeuter m.fl.) via PFF i Norge

      Kongresser og efteruddannelse

      • 2019: 11th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®), Valencia, Spanien
      • 2019: Idrætsmødet 2019, Aalborg
      • 2019: “Clinical reasoning to inform the choice of exercise for patients with shoulder pain – evidence & application” – Professor Karen Ginn
      • 2018:17th World Congress on Pain, IASP®, Boston, USA
      • 2018: “The sporting spine” – Dr. Kieran O´Sullivan
      • 2018: Danske fysioterapeuters fagkongres, Odense,
      • 2017: “Pain Relief Following Exercise in the Aging Population” – Dr. Marie Bement
      • 2017: “Central Sensitisation and Stress after Whiplash Injury: Implications for Physiotherapy Practice” – Prof. Michele Sterling
      • 2017: “Variability of Neuromuscular and Biomechanical Adaptations Accompanying Spinal Pain” – Prof. Deborah Falla
      • 2017: 10th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®), København, Danmark
      • 2017: World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress, Cape Town, Sydafrika
      • 2017: Spine Congress, Aarhus, Danmark
      • 2016: 16th World Congress on Pain, IASP®, Yokohama, Japan
      • 2016: IFOMT Conference, Glasgow, Scotland
      • 2016: SASP Annual meeting, Reykjavik, Iceland
      • 2015: 9th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®), Vienna, Østrig
      • 2015: World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress, Singapore
      • 2015: Danske fysioterapeuters fagkongres, Odense,
      • 2014: 15th World Congress on Pain, IASP®, Buenos Aires, Argentina
      • 2013: Biomechanics and motor control. Upper extremity function and dysfunction from a clinical and applied perspective. SDU, Odense
      • 2013: The 11th IASP Research Symposium “Brain and Pain: Researching Pain Persistence after surgery, Arnhem, Holland
      • 2013: 8th Congress of the European Federation of IASP® Chapters (EFIC®), Firenze, Italien
      • 2012: Sports and exercise pharmacology
      • 2012: Changing pain and movement behaviours – klinisk workshop med Prof. Peter O’Sullivan
      • 2012: Lumbopelvic motor control: An integrated approach to clinical assessment and treatment of motor control dysfunction in low back pelvic pain – Prof. Paul Hodges
      • 2012: Translational Neurobiology of the Pain System XVII
      • 2012: Advanced Sensory Physiology and Higher Cortical Control
      • 2012: Fourth Annual Aalborg Symposium on the Advances in Neurophysiology and Neural Rehabilitation Engineering of Movement
      • 2012: Central Nervous System Mechanisms of Pain Inhibition and Sensitisation
      • 2013: Nociception and Motor Control, Aalborg
      • 2012: Evidence-based medicine, Aalborg
      • 2012: Translational neurobiology of the pain system XVI
      • 2011: Fysioterapi og rehabilitering symposiet, UCN Nordjylland
      • 2011: Supersole kursus 1
      • 2011: DFFAS ́ akupunkturkursus: Akupunktur og Smerte – kursus 1+2
      • 2011: Dynamisk stabilitet – Lumbal columna og trunkus
      • 2011: Ultralyds scanning, level 2 (Knæ & hofte)
      • 2010: Smerte Og Fysioterapi´s (SMOF) tema-dag: Smertemekanismer
      • 2010: Ultralyds scanning (Skulder, albue og hånd)
      • 2010: Ultralyds scanning (Knæ, ankel og fod)
      • 2010: Tema-dag: Sene-overbelastningsskader – Profylakse og rehabilitering
      • 2010: Dynamisk stabilitet – intro
      • 2010: Ultralyds scanning (hofte/lyske, mave og ryg).
      • 2008: Skulderkursus – analyse og behandling
      • 2007-2008: Flere workshops indenfor det muskuloskeletale området (bækken, ryg, nakke & skulder)
      • 2006: Manuel-terapi, MT-1b
      • 2006: Manuel-terapi, MT-1a
      • 2005: Fysioterapi i markedsbaserede sundhedsydelser
      • 2004: Idrætsfysioterapi
      • 2004: Fysioterapi og ældre
      • 2004: Fysisk aktivitet – træning som terapi