Report of the UK CFS/M.E. Research Collaborative's fourth annual science conference, held in Bristol in September 2016. Speakers include Dr Avindra Nath, National Institutes of Health; Prof Don Staines, Griffith University; Dr Peter Rowe, John Hopkins Children’s Centre for CFS and Prof José Montoya, Stanford ME/CFS Initiative, plus MEGA Patient Advisory Group members Phil Murray & Rachel E.
Commissioned by the UK CFS/M.E. Research Collaborative and launched at its 2016 conference, this report highlights that M.E. research represents less than 1% of all active grants given by UK mainstream funding agencies. Based on this report, and the scientific discussions at the conference, the Medical Research Council (MRC) will review its M.E./CFS highlight notice, the mechanism by which researchers are alerted to areas that are a high priority for the MRC, with a view to encourage more applications.
UK CFS/M.E. Research Collaborative report of its 2016 conference, with overviews of 26 presentations from speakers including Dr David Patrick, University of British Columbia; Dr Zaher Nahle, Solve M.E./CFS Initiative; and Prof George Davey Smith, University of Bristol. Plus summaries of three workshops and feedback from delegates.
In April 2016, experts from a number of scientific fields came together for a Grand Challenge workshop to discuss how to advance research in understanding M.E. This is a summary of that workshop.
UK CFS/M.E. Research Collaborative report of its 2015 conference, featuring overviews of 21 presentation, five workshops and feedback from delegates.
The inaugural conference of the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative (CMRC) brought together more than 70 researchers and clinicians with an interest in CFS/ME. Some have worked in this area for many years, while others are entirely new to the field. This is hugely encouraging, as one of the key aims of the CMRC is supporting professionals not currently involved in CFS/ME research to help them develop those skills, connections and collaborations.