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.

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Back-Up Project visited NTNU Norway for the 6th month meeting

The first Project milestone is going to be achieved: use cases and work flows definition.

The Back-UP consortium, led by Project Coordinator IBV, visited the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim (NTNU), Norway, during the 6th month meeting held at St. Olavs Hospital Laboratories complex.

The international meeting started on June 5th, with presentations about work performed by project consortium, who is going to accomplish with first milestone of the project, that is use case and work flow definition.

Project Director Helios De Rosario said: “Collaboration in the consortium is improving a good deal, and the best is yet to come”, referring to the intense work that is foreseen during the following months.

During the two-days meeting, two workshop have also been performed: the first one was around the “Vision of Back-UP”, and it was led by Stepanhie Jansen-Kosterlink from RRD.

The second workshop was on “Modules/models of the Back-UP platform” and it was led by Jonathan Hill (Keele University) and Alejandro Frangi (Sheffield University). Technical Coordinator Alejandro Frangi affirmed: “The process should finalise with an IT specification document, containing the key components, system and interface requirements, which IT partners use for development”.

The aim of Back-UP project is to create a prognostic model to support more effective and efficient management of Neck and Low Back Pain (NLBP), based on the digital representation of multidimensional clinical information, and in-silico assessments of possible interventions. Management of NLBP is a difficult challenge for healthcare professionals and prevention services in this field, since their decisions have a decisive impact on the patient’s future health and welfare, as well as on the economic burden on the public and private healthcare systems.

The next consortium meeting will be in the Netherlands, hosted by Roessingh Research and Development (RRD) institute, located in Enschede.