The UK CFS/M.E. Research Collaborative (CMRC) aims to promote the highest quality of basic and applied evidenced based and peer reviewed research in to CFS/M.E. Action for M.E. has been an Executive Board member of the CMRC since it was set up in 2013 (read its Charter). The CMRC brings together researchers, major funders and M.E. charities to:
The third annual CMRC conference takes place Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 September 2016 at the Novotel, Newcastle Airport. Speakers on the programme include:
Livestreaming is taking place on each day - please check our social media for updates.
Announced at the 2015 CMRC conference, the Grand Challenge initiates a national UK study that will collect samples from more than 12,000 men, women and children with M.E., plus healthy controls to focus on phenotyping and subtyping data using statistical analysis, bringing in genomics and other areas.
A Grand Challenge workshop was held in April 2016 in Bristol and the new M.E./CFS Epidemiology and Genomics Alliance (MEGA) has formed as a result. The MEGA report from the workshop set out its intentions and, at the 2016 CMRC conference, MEGA launched a website asking people to add their voice in support of the project. For it to have a high chance of success when it applies for funding, MEGA needs evidence that patients support MEGA – which is why adding your name in support is so important.
You can join the CMRC as a professional member (£20 per year or £15 a year for students*). This type of membership is open to all UK-based medical practitioners, all other health care professionals, researchers and charities involved in research or with an interest in M.E. research.
Being involved in research is defined as:
*Students in this category are defined as those doing research and registered for a further degree (PhD, doctorate, MSC).
Benefits of membership include:
Associate membership (free) is open to those interested in supporting the CMRC. Associate members are not expected to be actively involved in M.E. research but will want to support it.
Associate members are kept up to date with work stream progress and new initiatives, and are invited to take part in associate member sessions at the CMRC's annual conference.
To join the CMRC, please download an application form.
The Executive Board of the CMRC meets four times a year to discuss the work of the CMRC and report on actions taken. Click on the links below to read minutes from the following meetings: