• Logistic Officer of the International Academy of Manual Musculoskeletal Medicine (IAMMM), the scientific branch of the International Federation for Musculoskeletal Medicine (FIMM) – member n.087
  • Member of the International Society of Electrophysiology and Kinesiology (ISEK)
  • Member of the Finnish Spine Society “Suomalainen Selkätutkimusseura ry“
  • Member of the International Association for the Study of Pain n. 75324
  • Member of the Finnish Medical Society Duodecim.
  • Member of the International Society for the Study of Lumbar Spine (ISSLS)
  • Member of the Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), member Type: Active (Established Investigator). Member ID: 5004949
  • Member of the North American Spine Society. Member ID: 423137
  • Member of the Society for Back Pain Research
  • Member of The University of Eastern Finland Doctoral Student Association – UEF DSA


Marinko Rade is currently leading two lines of research for the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in Kuopio University Hospital and University of Eastern Finland.

  • Research line n.1: Neuroradiology:

The aim of  Research line n.1 is to explore i) on the use of magnetic resonance devices to investigate neural biomechanics into the thoracolumbar region of in-vivo and structurally intact asymptomatic human subjects, ii) whether there is a linear relationship between L5 and S1 lumbar nerve root and spinal cord movement into the vertebral canal,  iii)  whether these neural movements can be predicted and used in clinical settings for diagnosis making and treatment planning, iv) whether the clinical application of the measurement methodology itself can be hypothesized in patients with acute disc herniation and with patients with central or lateral lumbar stenosis.

This line of research is conducted in collaboration with:

- Prof Olavi Airaksinen (Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in Kuopio University Hospital-KYS),

- Prof Ritva Vanninen, Dr Mervi Könönen and Dr Jarkko Marttila (Radiology Department in Kuopio University Hospital-KYS).

- Prof. Markku Kankaanpää from the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine in Tampere University Hospital

-  Michael Shacklock, director and founder of Neurodynamic Solutions, Australia.

  • Research line n.2: Neurophysiology

The aim of Research line n.2 is to i) explore methods of collecting indirect data on neural adaptation mechanisms by means of quantifying the muscular reactions in response to neural stretch in in-vivo and structurally intact human subjects, ii) investigate the change of muscular activation pattern in response to neural tensioning movements, iii) understand the exact neural pathway allowing for such muscle activation in the function of neural protection.

The rationale underpinning this line of research is that the muscles may be reflexively activated in order to protect the peripheral nerves in the most logical way; by shortening their pathway and opposing the manipulation movement. The long term objective of this line of research is understanding the muscular reactions connected with neuropathies.

This line of research is conducted in collaboration with:

  • Biosignal Analysis and Medical Imaging Group from University of Eastern Finland, with Dr Saara Rissanen
  • Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine of Kuopio University Hospital, with Dr Marinko Rade and  Prof Olavi Airaksinen
  • Department of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine of Tampere University Hospital, with Dr Markku Kankaanpää
  • Neurodynamic Solutions from Adelaide (Australia), with Michael Shacklock

It is the author’s strong belief that in order to explore the normal neural adaptation mechanisms, the principle of no- harm has to be respected, that is, the investigation methodologies have to be non-invasive.