Since its inception in 2013, the UK CFS/M.E. Research Collaborative (CMRC) has successfully brought together significant numbers of researchers from across the UK and internationally with charities, mainstream funders and patients.
Aiming to drive interest and funding in CFS/ME research - which, as highlighted by the CMRC's 2016 M.E./CFS Research Funding report, represents less than 1% of all active grants given by UK mainstream funding agencies - the CMRC has held four successful conferences, initiated and supported new collaborations, worked with mainstream funders and secured interest from pharma/industry, and brought researchers in from outside of the field as well as partners from charities covering overlapping illnesses.
Following a meeting of its Executive Board in February 2018, the CMRC agreed on a new purpose, objectives and values, which replace its previous Charter.
The CMRC's purpose is to promote the discovery of the biological mechanisms that underpin CFS/M.E., which, together with clinical observation, will drive the development of targeted new treatments for this highly underserved patient population.
Action for M.E. is an Executive Board member of the CMRC and, as part of our research strategy, plays an active part in supporting its work. If you have any questions about our work relating to the CMRC, please get in touch.
Membership of the CMRC is open to anyone with an interest in M.E. research, with Professional (£20 per annum), Student (£15 per annum) and Associate Membership (free) available.
All members agree to work within the values of the CMRC, and you can apply to join by downloading and completing the CMRC application form.
The CMRC’s fifth annual science conference will take place in Bristol on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 September, with speakers to be announced. Booking will open in spring 2018.
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 (please note all are draft minutes, before being approved at the next meeting):
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