Back-UP in EFIC 2019

Today starts EFIC 2019, the 11th Congress of the European Pain Federation, which this year is celebrated in Valencia. The most recent and relevant research on all types of pain is being presented in this internationally recognised event. The poster session of the first day included two contributions from the Back-UP Project:



Back-UP goes to Luxembourg for the First Period Review Meeting

The Back-UP’s Consortium was yesterday in the Euroforum building, meeting with the Project Officer and the Project review panel, to assess the progress of the Back-UP Project after its equator. All Work Package leaders attended to the meeting, including The University of Leeds and University of Keele (UK), RRD (The Netherlands), NTNU (Norway), Empirica (Germany), GENOS (Croatia), CIOP-PIB (Poland), University of Padova (Italy), GMVMAZ and coordinator IBV(Spain).

During the meeting, the main role was played by Project Director Helios De Rosario, who started with a deep, complete and clear project overview in which he portrayed the origins of the project, the problem that it is bound to solve, and the achievements of the first period.

Later on, Work Package leaders exposed the job performed through each Work Package, including highlights of the Professional and Researcher platforms.

“Back-UP represents a step forward for Low Back and Neck Pain in-silico models, and at the end of the project the state of the art will change significantly”, states Helios De Rosario. “We are proud of this Consortium”, continues.

The reviewers team stressed the major strength of the project and also gave some important advices on areas that will be developed, enhanced and improved in the second half of the project.

“We have to wait for the official report, but in the meantime, we can already start on implementing reviewers’ indications”, concludes De Rosario.

1st Back-Up Study Clinical Advisory Group

On Monday, 29th April 2019, Dr Jonathan Hill (Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy at Keele University) led the first Back-UP study Clinical Advisory Group (CAG). Present with Jonathan at Keele were seven doctors and professors from UK, Poland, the Netherlands and Norway, specialists in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy, Primary Care, and Occupational Health Care.
Jonathan provided an overview of the proposed study and the work conducted to date on the Back-UP study including:
  • A systematic review of European clinical guidelines for back and neck pain
  • Proposed definitions of the inclusion and exclusion criteria for the study
  • Adaptation of the existing evidence-based prognosis risk stratification tool, STarT MSK, for use in first-line management of back and neck pain across Europe
  • A demonstration of the online Back-UP system using the Antari Homecare software
  • Alignment of freely available, English language, high-quality patient self-management resources (leaflets or videos) with a clinical letter template that each patient will receive after their initial Back-UP appointment
The CAG then fruitfully debated and discussed how each clinical definitions and criteria would translate into the healthcare system of their country. Naturally, some variance exists between countries. Suggestions were pooled to formulate a more broadly inclusive set of clinical criteria and definitions. The Keele team will continue this work towards establishing a European Universally understood set of clinical criteria and treatment options by refining the pooled suggestions. An updated document will be circulated to clinical study colleagues on the CAG for further consideration and discussion.

Back-UP in the EPIC 2019 conference

The World Federation of Chiropractic (WFC) and the European Chiropractors’ Union (ECU) celebrated in Berlin the joint 15th WFC Biennial Congress and 78th ECU Convention (EPIC 2019, March 20-23).

In this congress Cecilie Krage Øverås (NTNU) presented a poster about the systematic review protocol to investigate the relationship between objectively measured physical behaviour and neck pain, one of the research activities made within the framework of the Back-UP project.

The Back-UP Consortium welcomes the University of Leeds


The Research Platform of Back-UP, developed by the Centre for Computational Imaging and Simulation Technologies in Biomedicine (CISTIB), has a new home since the start of the course 2018-2019, coinciding with the new phase of CISTIB in the University of Leeds, after seven highly productive years in the University of Sheffield.

Today the European Commission has officially confirmed this transfer of tasks in the Back-UP Project, from Sheffield to Leeds. The Back-UP Consortium welcomes the University of Leeds as their new member, and congratulates Dr. Alejandro Frangi, the Principal Investigator of CISTIB and new Diamond Jubilee Chair of Computational Medicine in Leeds for his new post, as well as all the members of CISTIB for their new research adventure!


Back-UP presented by RRD in the Dutch Geriatic Conference

On the annual Dutch geriatric conference (7 & 8 February, 2019), Roessingh Research and Development (RRD) presented the current state of the art on the development of technology for older adults.  After a short introduction on RRD, Marijke Broekhuis presented the need for user research and usability evaluation among this target population. Technology can only be effective when older adults are willing to use the technology.

Next, a showcase of various eHealth projects were presented. Among these was the Back-UP project. Finally, Stephanie Jansen – Kosterink presented her ideas on proper evaluation of these kinds of services and her quest for more innovative and pragmatic research methods. The session ended with a discussion among the audience and presenters.

The Back-UP Consortium meets in Enschede by the end of the first year of the project

Back-UP has completed the first year of activity, and celebrated its consortium meeting in Roessingh Research & Development premises in Enschede, the Netherlands.

RRD is the biggest centre in the Netherlands where a wide range of disciplines such as rehabilitation medicine, movement sciences, psychology, physiotherapy, biomedical sciences and computer sciences work together under a single roof for current and future innovations in rehabilitation and chronic care. The partners visited also the Roessingh Centrum voor Revalidatie and the NOVALAB, which has a completely new innovative treatment room with a great variety of rehabilitation technology and telemedicine applications, including a 3D rehabilitation treatment experimental application using virtual reality.

The meeting lasted two days. On day one, all the work packages status was deeply analysed. Day two was mostly dedicated to preparing the forthcoming review meeting: “In July, the consortium will travel to Luxembourg for the first check with EC”, says Giuseppe Caprara, Innovation manager of the project. During the meeting, Milton Hoz from Sheffied/Leeds, presented the progress in the creation of the system architecture. A first version of the baseline questionnaire has also been presented. This will be used to define the recommended treatments after the registration of the patient, and its final version is expected to be ready in January.

The next consortium meeting will be in June in Croatia, hosted by GENOS with his third party PMFST (University of Split).

The Back-Up project presented at the SBPR2018 in Groningen

On November 15, 2018 the Back-UP project was presented at the annual general meeting of the Society for Back Pain Research (SBPR) by Stephanie Jansen-Kosterink of RRD. Her presentation focused on the general aim the project, and some results of the first months were showcased. The project was met with enthusiasm by the audience and the presentation was followed by a lively discussion. The presentation slides have been made available here.

Back-UP in NRClive Zorgtech

Thursday September 13th, 2018, the Back-UP project has been presented at the NRClive Zorgtech event in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Stephanie Jansen-Kosterink of Roessingh Research and Development (RRD) presented her ideas on the need of more pragmatic evaluation designs for the (clinical) evaluation of eHealth. The Back-UP project was a casus during this presentation.