Eur Spine J (2012) 21 (Suppl 2):S153 DOI 10.1007/s00586-012-2267-2 EDITORIAL Alison H. McGregor â¢ John OâDowd Received: 2 March 2012 / Published online: 20 March 2012 Ã Springer-Verlag 2012 The Society for Back Pain Research is a unique multidisciplinary society that has recently celebrated its 40th year. It was formed to promote the study of all clinical and scientiï¬c aspects of spinal pain, including the neck, and to encourage research into its causes, treatment and prevention, and is one of the few successful multidisciplinary societies having over 200 members from a wide range of disciplines including clinicians, such as orthopaedic surgeons, rheumatologists, neurologists and general practitioners, basic scientists including biochemists, bio-engineers, anatomists and epidemiologists, as well as various other practitioners including physiotherapists, osteopaths and chiropractors. Scientiï¬c meetings are held yearly and non-members are welcome to attend. Papers on various aspects of back pain research are presented and discussed and the best abstracts in each year are published. Symposia are devoted to speciï¬c topics of particular current relevance. Every effort is made to keep the costs of the meetings to a minimum. We regularly hold joint meetings with our European partner societies, which are always well attended and supported.