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:
Announced at the 2015 CMRC conference, CMRC Chair Prof Stephen Holgate announced a Grand Challenge to initiate a national UK study that will collect samples from more than 12,000 men, women and children with M.E., plus healthy controls, and 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, resulting in the M.E./CFS Epidemiology and Genomics Alliance (MEGA). The MEGA report from the workshop set out the group's intentions and a dedicated website for MEGA will be launched very soon. Read more about why Action for M.E. is supporting this essential research project.
The third annual CMRC conference took place on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 September 2016 at the Novotel, Newcastle Airport, with speakers including Dr David Patrick, University of British Columbia; Dr Zaher Nahle, Vice President for Research and Scientific Programs at Solve CFS/M.E; and Prof George Davey Smith, University of Bristol. A full report of the conference will be available soon. You can read and/or download reports from the 2015 conference in Newcastle the 2014 conference in Bristol.
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:
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