The Minutes of the last two meetings of the ‘Forward ME' Group, which were both held in March, are now available on the group's website.
‘Forward ME' – founded and chaired by the Countess of Mar – consists of senior representatives of the UK's leading ME charities and patient groups. It meets at the House of Lords.
Main speaker at the meeting of 6 March 2012 was Dr Derek Enlander from the Mount Sinai Medical School in New York where he has developed separate clinical protocols for the treatment of CFS and M.E., and also runs an active research programme.
The Minutes of this meeting include an offer from Dr Enlander for Mount Sinai to run fellowship training for 12 months for two, British post-doctoral physicians – with Dr Eric Schadt supervising the research programme and Dr Enlander supervising the clinical part of the fellowship.
Professor Malcolm Harrington discussed his independent review of the Work Capability Assessment at the meeting held on 13 March 2012. He is now in his third and final year as the Government's independent reviewer; someone else will be appointed to lead the final two years. Forward ME has been heavily involved with this work – with Dr Charles Shepherd representing the group on the working party looking at its impact on those with fluctuating conditions.
Both sets of Minutes can be viewed at the Forward ME website: http://www.forward-me.org.uk/