NIH BACPAC Research ProgramThe NIH Back Pain Research Consortium (BACPAC) is a potential 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.

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.

Provide Input

The NIAMS has 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 will be open from September 28 to October 18, 2018.

Webinar

The NIAMS will hold a public webinar about the BACPAC Research Program Initiative on:

October 15, 2018
3:00 -5:00 PM EDT 

Registration link: https://nih.webex.com/nih/onstage/g.php?MTID=eec3c163541e4a9e34dedc959afa51763

Details can be found on the webinar notice.

Notices of Intent to Publish

NOT-AR-19-022, Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program: Mechanistic Research Centers (U19) (Clinical Trial Optional)

NOT-AR-19-023, Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program Data Integration, Algorithm Development and Operations Management Center (U24) (Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

NOT-AR-19-024, Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program Technology Research Sites (UH2/UH3) (Clinical Trial Optional)

NOT-AR-19-025, Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for the Back Pain Consortium (BACPAC) Research Program: Phase 2 Clinical Trials (UG3/UH3) (Clinical Trial Required)

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