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Proud to be partnering with Solve M.E.

March 08, 2021

Action for M.E. is pleased to announce its trans-Atlantic partnership with US charity Solve M.E., focused on enhancing the wellbeing of people with M.E., raising awareness, delivering policy changes, and increasing research on its causes and possible treatments.

The partnership consists of three initiatives:

  • A two year postdoctoral fellowship designed to prepare postdoctoral researchers to excel in a career focusing on applying computational biology, biostatistics, quantitative genetic, and data science to understanding the molecular basis of M.E. It includes one year being mentored by Prof Chris Ponting at the University of Edinburgh (also co-leading DecodeME) and a year mentored by Dr Liz Worthey at the University of Alabama.
  • Exploring how a digital platform like HealthTree can benefit people with M.E., connecting them with peer-support, shared experiences of symptom management, and research to which they can contribute. HealthTree has already started to do this successfully for people with myeloma.
  • Global advocacy in collaboration with the International Alliance for M.E., including plans for this year’s M.E. Awareness Month.

Sonya Chowdhury, CEO, Action for M.E., says:

"M.E. is a global disease. By working in partnership with organisations like Solve we can begin to consider solutions that improve lives at local, national, and international level, led by the needs of people with M.E. and those who support them."

Based in California, Solve M.E. works to accelerate the discovery of safe and effective treatments, strives for an aggressive expansion of funding for research that will lead to a cure, and seeks to engage the entire M.E. community in research, advocacy and patient support. Sadie Whittaker, Chief Scientific Officer, says:

“We are delighted to partner with Action for M.E. Our collaboration leverages our individual strengths and catalyses goals otherwise out of reach. We are committed to cooperating with changemakers like Action for M.E. and continuing to expand our efforts until there is a cure.”

Other Solve M.E. partners include the 47 organisations in the Long-COVID Alliance, recently founded by Solve, and which Action for M.E. is also a part.