10th Invest in ME Research International ME Conference 2015

IIMEC10 - Agents for Change

Our 10th Invest in ME Research International ME Conference 2015 - IIMEC10 - took place on 29th May 2015 in London and attracted delegates from seventeen different countries - from Europe, North America, Middle East and Australasia.

The theme for IIMEC10 was Agents for Change - reflecting the gathering inititaives, individuals and organisations that are playing key roles in developing research into ME and changing the perception of this disease. Through the multiple international collaborations the charity has formed there is a real sense of progress being made in understanding this disease and applying meaningful science with a firm strategy of biomedical research.

Prior to the IIMEC10 conference the charity held a two-day Biomedical Research into ME Colloquium - our fifth annual colloquium. Together these three days brought together a large group of researchers (both new to ME and experienced ME researchers) to collaborate and share knowledge about research for the benefit of future research. With our conference and two day research colloquium on the days before the conference we brought together different aspects of researching this disease in the hope that combining ideas and experiences of biomedical research into ME and collaborating in future research would enhance education and effectiveness of research efforts.

Research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis - specifically biomedical research into ME - has become a mainstream area of research and the charity is now working with major academic and research institutions in several countries. ME research now attracts interest from a wide range of specialities. Those clinicians and researcher who have worked very hard over the years to get this disease taken seriously are witnessing a change in attitudes. Now this needs to be reflected in research funding allocation. It is only a matter of time when patients can see real progress in many areas of their lives.

The IIMEC10 conference brought to London some of the major initiatives being taken in ME research. The events organised by Invest in ME are based on a collaborative strategy of biomedical research into ME which we believe will progress this complex but exciting area of research and eventually lead to appropriate development of patient care and treatments for people with ME. The mainstreaming this field of research has been one of the major achievements of the IIMEC* conferences.