NIH BACPAC Research ProgramThe NIH Back Pain Research Consortium (BACPAC) is a new patient-centric translational research initiative that will address the need for effective and personalized therapies for chronic low back pain by probing the biomedical mechanisms in a biopsychosocial context using interdisciplinary methods and innovative technologies. NIH BACPAC is part of the NIH HEAL (Helping to End Addiction Long-termSM) Initiative.

Expected Benefit to the Public Health:

Back pain is a major contributor to the use of opioids in the U.S., however, at present no effective treatment exists that provides long term, sustained relief of back pain and disability for all patients. Further, there is no way to predict what treatments are most likely to be effective in individual patients. This initiative will foster development of integrated models of back pain to improve understanding of the condition and generate new tools for better targeting of existing and new therapies.

Webinars

Upcoming Webinar on BACPAC

Pre-Application Webinar for the NIH HEAL InitiativeSM: Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program - Overview of the BACPAC Program
Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., EST
Event number: 629 876 786
Event password: BACPAC
Please register in advance by clicking HERE
The webinar is open to everyone and will be recorded.

Pre-application Webinar for the NIH HEAL InitiativeSM: Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program - Detailed Discussion of the four BACPAC FOAs
Tuesday, January 15th, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 2:30pm, EST
Event Number: 628 166 484
Event Password: BACPAC
Please register in advance by clicking HERE

Pre-application Webinar for the NIH HEAL InitiativeSM: Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program - Detailed Discussion of the four BACPAC FOAs
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019, 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., EST
Event Number: 627 169 442
Event Password: BACPAC
Please register in advance by clicking HERE

Past Webinar

The NIAMS held a public webinar about the NIH BACPAC Research Program Initiative on October 15, 2018.

The slides from the October 15 webinar are available.

Additional Information

The NIAMS published a Request for Information (RFI) to seek input from researchers in academia and industry, health care professionals, patient advocates and health advocacy organizations, scientific or professional organizations, federal agencies, and other interested members of the public on a new initiative for a Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program. The RFI was open from September 28 to October 18, 2018.

View the BACPAC Frequently Asked Questions

For additional questions, please contact us at: BACPAC-NIH@mail.nih.gov

Funding Opportunities

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