1st Invest in ME Research International ME Conference 2006

IIMEC1 - Initiating ME Research into ME


Our first Invest in ME International ME Conference - held in 2006 - IIMEC1 - took place on 12th May 2006 in London, less than a month after Invest in ME was registered as a UK charity, and only five months after planning began for the conference.

The theme for IIMEC1 was Initiating ME Research.

We welcomed international researchers and clinicians discussing current and research into ME.

The conference was given the maximum 6 points CPD (Continuous Professional Development) accreditation by the Royal Colleges. The conference provided a chance to hear the latest news on ME from the most prominent speakers within the ME community - on ME Awareness Day, in ME Awareness Month 2006. Invest in ME hoped that this conference would highlight the need for publicly funded biomedical research which would lead to treatment and a cure for this devastating illness - an illness which is about 5 times more common in the UK than HIV/AIDS.

Why a Conference? Invest in ME is about education, publicising and lobbying regarding the treatment of ME sufferers in the UK and regarding the need for public funding of biomedical research into ME. In recent years there are many who feel that ME Awareness Week (as it had become) had passed with too little public attention gained, little co-ordination of events and limited success in rallying people behind our cause, all of which had produced little or no long term benefit for the ME sufferers. Therefore, we considered how we could complement all the on-going good efforts and attract a much larger interest from professionals in the medical, healthcare, academic and media worlds that could also raise the profile politically.

Since IiME had forged links with academia and some politicians, we thought that a public event to expose current activities to a wider audience would be of benefit to all.

We believe it is important to provide a possibility for people within government, health departments, social services and schools to be able to be informed of the true nature of ME. By attracting some of the most powerful speakers possible, at one conference, we believed we could gain much publicity and awareness of ME as possible.

Why London?

We chose London to attract major presenters, to allow the possibility for known professionals and researchers to attend and focus attention on raising awareness in the heart of power in the UK - Westminster.

SOur hope was to attempt to attract clinicians, researchers, healthcare staff, charities, support groups and patients and carers to participate in research discussions and allow unique networking opportunities and increase the potential for one of the charity's main objectives - international collaboration between researchers.

IIMEC1 in Journal of Clinical Pathology

The presentations from the International ME Conference in London during May 2006 have now been adapted and published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.


Images from IIMEC1, London, 2006


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Our Sponsors for IIMEC1

Invest in ME wish to thank the following organisations for helping to sponsor the 1st Invest in ME International ME Conference 2006.


The Irish ME Trust

The Irish ME Trust has sponsored a speaker at all of our conferences and we would like to thank them for their continued support.


The views expressed at the Invest in ME International ME Conference conferences by the presenters and delegates to the conference and any information material distributed are their own personal opinions that are not necessarily shared or endorsed by the Trustees of Invest in ME/Invest in ME Research.

Invest in ME/Invest in ME Research accept no responsibility for the views expressed or any subsequent action taken. The contents of any presentation should not be deemed to be an endorsement, recommendation or approval of such content by Invest in ME/Invest in ME Research. The materials presented at the 1st Invest in ME International ME Conference 2006 do not constitute medical advice. No medical recommendations are given or implied by Invest in ME/Invest in ME Research. Any person registering or attending an Invest in ME/Invest in ME Research conference, or purchasing the DVD, who may take any action or consider medical treatment or referrals should take detailed advice from their own medical practitioner. Invest in ME/Invest in ME Research disclaims any implied guarantee about the accuracy, completeness, timeliness or relevance of any information contained at the conference.

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