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.


IIMEC1 Conference Report 2006

1st Invest in ME Research International ME Conference Presentations

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.



Invest in ME Research Activity - Mainstreaming Research into ME


The charity does not only arrange and host research Colloquiums and Conferences.

Use our website references in the links below to view other work performed by Invest in ME Research.




Research

IIMER are facilitating a strategy of biomedical research into ME. The charity is funding important high-quality research projects for ME in the UK with international collaboration.
Currently the main hub of research is at Quadram Institute Bioscience and University of East Anglia ) in the Norwich Research Park and we have funded research at UCL. These projects involve a gut microbiota project in Norwich and B cell research in London.

Research Colloquiums

In addition to the International ME Conference the charity also organises an annual International Research Colloquium which attracts researchers from around the world in order to discuss experiences and open up collaborations in order to find answers for this disease.
The charity has also initiated the Thinking the Future network for young/early career researchers and organises an annual conference to bring new talent into the field.

Centre of Excellence for ME

Translational biomedical research - an iterative feedback of information between the basic and clinical research domains in order to accelerate knowledge translation from lab to bedside and back to lab again - allows translation of findings in basic research more quickly and efficiently into medical practice to produce more meaningful health outcomes and facilitate the sharing of repositories and research-based facilities and laboratories. This is the model IiMER are attempting to promote in the development of a UL/European Centre of Excellence for ME based in Norwich.


European Collaboration

Invest in ME Research is one of the founder members of the European ME Alliance (EMEA) – a grouping of charities and patient organisations working together across Europe. Now fifteen European countries collaborating.

European Initiatives

In order to expedite research and clinical expertise for ME the charity has initiated the European ME Clinicians Council and the European ME Research Group to bring together the best European to work together and form credible and productive biomedical research strategies which will provide the best and quickest route for possible treatment(s)/cure(s) for this disease.

Let's Do It For ME

Let's do it for ME! is a patient-driven campaign to raise awareness and vital funds for a UK centre of excellence for translational biomedical ME research, clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment for patients, training and information for healthcare staff, based around the Norwich Research Park in the UK and aiming to work collaboratively with international biomedical researchers.


Invest in ME Research

We welcome support to enable us to build and sustain a strategy of high-quality biomedical research into ME.

To support our work in developing a Centre of Excdellence for ME research please see this link .



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