2nd Invest in ME Research International ME Conference 2007

IIMEC2 - Building a Future for Research into ME

The IiME ME/CFS Conference for 2007- #IIMEC2 - was our second annual international conference for ME and was held on over two days - 1st and 2nd May, 2007 in London and began ME Awareness Month 2007. The 2nd International ME/CFS Conference 2007 was attended by presenters and delegates from 12 countries, from Europe, USA, Canada and even South Korea.

The charity decided to make this a two-day conference - with themes for professionals on one day and patients on the second day.

This also allowed increased networking opportunities and increase the potential for one of the charity's main objectives - international collaboration between researchers.

The conference carried full CPD-accreditation.

1st May - ME Awareness & Support Conference Day consisted of a series of group presentations and was designed for healthcare professionals, people with ME and their carers and ME Support groups with a view to working together.

2nd May - Professionals Conference Day was the formal presentation day for healthcare professionals - doctors, paediatricians, nurses, researchers, students etc. as well as people with ME and their carers and ME support groups.

The ME/CFS Conference aimed to educate and provide current information to healthcare professionals (GPs, paediatricians, nurses) and researchers and to educate the media and politicians involved in establishing news or debate regarding healthcare.

The series of lectures focused on treatments, care and medical information and research and provided a broad range of valuable information for all.

The conference provided a chance to hear the latest news on ME from the most prominent speakers within the ME community - in ME Awareness Month 2007.

We feel that good and useful connections were made - researchers discussing collaboration; ME Support groups discussing joint ventures and campaigns; carers and parents sharing experiences.

Invest in ME would like to thank all those who took part in the conference for contributing to the wonderful atmosphere which was present during both days of the conference. Many travelled from afar and the conference was a success because of the character and of all. The atmosphere at the conference showed the positive and forward-looking side of the ME community around the world.

We believe that everyone left not only with an enhanced knowledge gained from the conference but also with renewed hope for the future treatment and possible cure for myalgic encephalomyelitis. The breadth of knowledge, science and experience regarding ME, as discussed and presented at the conference, is not only impressive but also exciting.

We hope that the many contacts which were established at the conference will continue and we hope to remain in contact with as many of you as possible. To see renowned experts on ME discussing with each other and forming or re-enforcing collaborative efforts was reward enough for hosting the conference. To turn into reality our efforts to form a world alliance of campaigning ME Support organisations was also justification for the conference.

And then there were the presentations from our distinguished speakers. An amazing amount of knowledge was presented showing the organic nature of myalgic encephalomyelitis. Invest in ME published its first Journal of IiME, which also served as a conference brochure. Invest in ME produced a DVD of the conference but later the videos of the presentations have been made available here online.

IIMEC2 Conference Presentations 2007


Norman Lamb MP

IIMEC2 Day 1 Keynote Speech

Dr Jonathan Kerr

Day 1 - Case Study - Biomedical research (A view of a biomedical research team, how it is funded, what it needs, how it could be improved, what the future research would look like)

Professor Kenny De Meirleir

Treatments for ME/CFS Integrative & Complimentary Medicine

Annette Whittemore

A Model ME/CFS Clinic - The CFS Clinic Reno, Nevada, USA

Dr Daniel Peterson

Experiences of Research into ME – Past, present and future

Dr. Vance Spence

Biomedical Research into ME/CFS: where does it go from here

Professor Malcolm Hooper

Future ME/CFS Projects - Research being planned & Common Aims - how to get researchers working together

Ellen Piro

NICE Guidelines - Experiences from Norway

Dr Byron Hyde

ME and Insurance companies

Day 1 Plenary Session

Open Frum with presenters from Day 1 of the Conference

Annette Whittemore and Dr Dan Peterson

Interview with Professor Malcolm Hooper

Ellen Piro and Dr Byron Hyde

Interview with Professor Malcolm Hooper

#IIMEC2 Day 2 - Invest in ME Research International ME Conference Presentations

Dr Ian Gibson

IIMEC2 Keynote Speech Day 2

Professor Martin Pall

Biochemical Underpinnings of ME/CFS

Dr. Abhijit Chaudhuri

Pathology of ME/CFS

Dr. Vance Spence

Vascular aspects of ME/CFS

Dr. Sarah Myhill

Treatments and Diagnosis – A GP’s Perspective

Professor Kenny De Meirleir

Treatments – A ME Clinical Research Perspective Professor Kenny de Meirleir Medical Research and Treatment Updates

Dr. Nigel Speight

Paediatrics and ME

Dr Byron Hyde

The epidemiology, definitions and techniques of investigation of the ME and CFS patient and the resulting pathological findings or Case Studies / Thyroid Problems

Dr Jonathan Kerr

Research: A Year On: Viral and Human Gene Expression, development of diagnostic test, news of clinical trials

Dr Daniel Peterson

Biomedical Research

Professor Malcolm Hooper

Summary - Future Strategy for ME Research, Diagnosis and Treatment
Plenary Session
Panel Discussion: The Way Forward followed by Open Forum
Dr Ian Gibson MP and Sarah Vero
Interview with Professor Malcolm Hooper

Images from IIMEC2, London, 2007

Images from IIMEC2, London, 2013

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Our Sponsors for IIMEC2

Invest in ME wish to thank the following organisations for again helping us in sponsoring a speaker for the 2nd Invest in ME International ME Conference 2007.

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.


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.

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