Researchers who have transformed patients’ treatment for back pain have been named on a UK list of the 100 ‘best breakthroughs’. The Keele University team have developed an innovative and personalised approach, which identifies people most at risk of experiencing the problem and then matches patients with the most appropriate treatment. Through the trials, it has halved the amount of time people need off work due to back pain, reduced their disability as a result of the pain, and saved millions of pounds. The system – known as ‘STarT Back’ – has been developed over the last 15 years. Now it has been recognised for its significant impact on people’s everyday lives. Professor David Amigoni, pro vice-chancellor at Keele University, said: “It is fantastic to see the university featured in the UK’s best breakthroughs list. We’re extremely proud of the work of our academics and of the difference that they are making to people’s lives, both here in the UK and overseas.” The list – compiled by Universities UK – is aimed at showing how universities are at the forefront of some of the world’s most important discoveries, innovations and social initiatives.