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Our Research Panel

Our Research Panel

Chaired by our Trustee Jane Young, the Research Panel is responsible for helping develop Action for M.E.’s research strategy, overseeing the research strategy and ensuring it’s implemented properly, and monitoring research initiatives in the field of M.E. on behalf of the Board of Trustees to determine their relevance and potential value to people with M.E.

Jane is joined on the Panel by two additional Trustees, our Principal Medical Adviser, an independent research scientist, our CEO, and a minimum of three patient/carer Supporting Members who have research experience (not necessarily in the field of M.E.).

All funding applications we receive are put through a five-stage funding assessment process, which involves:

  • our Scientific Advisory Panel, made up of researchers with a proven track record in their field and ideally with a specialism or interest within the M.E. field, and
  • people affected by M.E., who sit on our Voice Committee. This ensures that patients carers are an inherent part of decision-making about research projects that we do and don’t fund. Along with people with M.E. and carers, the committee also includes clinicians and healthcare practitioners not currently active in research.

All the research we fund is agreed by a contract, setting out the rights and obligations of Action for M.E. and the researchers involved.

We currently have no vacancies on our Research Panel.