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CMRC conference comes to Bristol - tickets available

April 25, 2017

Experts in neurovirology, imaging and orthostatic intolerance will take the lead for the fourth annual UK CFS/M.E. Research Collaborative (CMRC) conference, which will this year be held in Bristol on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 September.

Established in 2013, the CMRC aims to promote the highest quality of basic and applied evidence-based and peer-reviewed research into M.E. Action for M.E. has been an Executive Board member of the CMRC since its inception, and takes an active role in organising the conference.

This year’s conference focuses on the biology of M.E. and how researchers can work together collaboratively to further research it.

Dr Avindra Nath from The National Institutes of Health (NIH), which is based in the US, will talk about his work on neurovirology 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 M.E./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.”

Other presentations (titles TBC) include:

  • autonomic intolerance by Dr Peter Rowe, John Hopkins Children's Centre
  • 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 M.E. by Prof Maria Fitzgerald, University College London
  • learning from other illness fields by Prof John Gallacher, Oxford University

Attending the conference

The two-day CMRC conference is open to professional and student researchers (undertaking a research associated programme 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 of the conference.

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

Registration for the 2017 CMRC conference 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 M.E. If you are unable to meet the cost of the ticket but would still like to attend, please contact the CMRC (via Action for M.E.) 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.