The UK CFS/M.E. Research Collaborative (CMRC) held its first annual science conference in Bristol on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 September 2014.
The conference was aimed at stimulating research collaboration and is being supported by the Medical Research Council (MRC). The programme included an MRC-funded open session for associate members (anyone with an interest in M.E./CFS, including patients and carers) and researchers, with the purpose of enhancing engagement between researchers and the wider M.E. community.
You can read the CMRC's detailed report of the conference as it becomes available.
About the CMRC
The CMRC was launched in April 2013. Bringing together researchers, major funders and M.E. charities, the aim of the Collaborative is to:
- provide a mechanism for M.E. charities, researchers and clinicians to work together in a coordinated and collaborative way
- increase awareness of M.E. within the research community
- highlight priorities for research funding to assist funders such as the Medical Research Council
- increase funding for M.E. research.
Action for M.E. is an executive board member of the CMRC. “The launch of the Collaborative is a major step forward,” says our CEO, Sonya Chowdhury. “We are committed to working collaboratively with others on common goals, even where we have differences of view. As an executive board member, we have the opportunity to influence the work of the Collaborative and help shape the future direction of M.E. research.
“A similar body, the UK Respiratory Research Collaborative, was established in 2006 with the aim of driving forward the respiratory research agenda. This resulted in a three-fold increase in research funding in this field including research projects, programmes, centres, networks, Fellowships and PhD studentships.
“We have every reason to hope that the Collaborative will also attract new researchers into the field of M.E. research, grow our knowledge about the condition and stimulate much-needed investment in high quality, peer-reviewed research. We have received overwhelming support for our involvement in this new, exciting and ambitious initiative. Together we have the potential to make a real difference for people affected by M.E.”
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