Fourth annual conference of the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative | Bristol, 13-14 September 2017

Experts in neurovirology, imaging and orthostatic intolerance will take the lead for the fourth annual UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative (CMRC) conference, being held in Bristol in September.

Established in 2013, the CMRC aims to promote the highest quality of basic and applied evidence-based and peer-reviewed research into ME.

The two-day conference – being held September 13-14 – focuses on the biology of ME and how researchers can work together collaboratively to further research. It will be held in Future Inns Cabot Circus, Bond St South, Bristol.

Dr Avindra Nath from The National Institutes of Health (NIH) in the US, will talk about his work on neuro- virology and infections of the nervous system.

Blogging recently about the work of the NIH, its director, Dr Francis Collins, explained that Dr Nath is leading “an extremely detailed and comprehensive evaluation of several dozen people with ME/CFS, focusing on those whose symptoms can be clearly traced to an infectious-like illness and who have been sick for less than five years.”


* Autonomic intolerance by Dr Peter Rowe, John Hopkins Children’s Centre, Baltimore, Maryland

* Imaging in research by Dr Matt Wall from Imanova, a translational research company that specialises in applying PET and MRI scanning techniques to improve drug development and health research

* Pain and ME by Prof Maria Fitzgerald, University College London

* Learning from other illness fields by John Gallacher, professor of cognitive health at Oxford University

The conference is open to professional and student researchers (undertaking a research-associated study at an academic institution).

Associate Members – that’s anyone with an interest in M.E. who isn’t a researcher – can attend on the first day.

It’s free to become an Associate Member of the CMRC – visit to download an application form.

Registration for Associate Members is £45.


As the CMRC does not receive enough income to cover costs, it has to ask for this contribution, which is heavily subsidised to enable access to the conference for people with ME.

If you are unable to meet the cost of the ticket but would still like to attend, please contact the CMRC (via Action for ME) to request a full/ partial waiver.

For those unable to attend, some presentations from both days will be livestreamed so that you can watch online at home.


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