A royal launch for the new UK ME/CFS Research Collaborative | 22 April 2013

330px-HRH_Duke_of_KentHRH The Duke of Kent – patron of The ME Association – is at the Wellcome Collection in central London today to attend the launch of the UK ME/CFS Research Collaborative.

The aim of the Collaborative is to promote the highest quality of basic and applied evidenced-based and peer reviewed research into ME/CFS, and the launch will bring together a range of national agencies, ME/CFS charities, and over 70 working researchers from across the UK.

The final programme is given below, and our trustees Neil Riley, Dr Charles Shepherd and Nikki Strong will be there representing The ME Association.


Chair: Prof Stephen Holgate

12.00-12.10: The importance of research for patients with CFS/ME (Annette Brooke MP, Chair All Parliamentary Group on ME)
12.10-12.20: Medical Research Council Initiatives in CFS/ME (Dr Joe
McNamara, MRC Head Office, London)
12.20-12.30: National Institute for Health Research support for CFS/ME
Research (Dr James Fenton, NIHR Trainees Coordinating Centre, Leeds)
12.30- 12.40: The Role of Medical Charities in CFS/ME research (Sue
Waddle, ME Research UK; on behalf of all 5 Research-supportive
12.40-12-50: Why a UK Collaborative is needed in CFS/ME (Prof Stephen
Holgate, Chair CMRC, MRC Professor of Immunopharmacology, University
of Southampton)
12.50-13.00: The UKCMRC charter (Dr Esther Crawley, Deputy Chair CMRC,
Centre for Child and Adolescent Health, University of Bristol)
13.00-14.30: Lunch and poster viewing


Chair: Dr Esther Crawley
14.30-14.40: My research into CFS/ME (Simon Collin, University of Bristol)
14.40-14.50: My research into CFS/ME (Zoe Gotts, University of Northumbria)
14.50- 15.05: Autonomic dysfunction in CFS (Prof Julia Newton,
Newcastle University)
15.05-15.20: What can be learnt from fatigue in other diseases (Dr Wan
Ng, Newcastle University)
15.20-15.35: Role of interferons in fatigue (Dr Carmine Pariante,
King’s College London)
15.35-15.50: Muscle energy abnormalities in CFS/ME (Dr Nicola Wells,
University of Liverpool)
15.50-16.05: Salivary cortisol in adolescents with chronic fatigue
syndrome: comparison with healthy controls and change after treatment
(Dr Katharine Rimes, King’s College, London)
16.05 16.35: Question and Answers (Panel of speakers)
16.35-16.45: What next? (Prof Stephen Holgate and Dr Esther Crawley)
Meeting Close


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