6th Invest in ME Research International ME Conference 2011

IIMEC6 - The Way Forward for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis


IIMEC6 London, May 2011

The 6th International ME/CFS Conference 2011 took place on 20th May 2011 in Westminster, London and was attended by presenters and delegates from 20 countries and four continents.

The conferences are meant to provide a platform for high quality biomedical research into ME and only the most blinkered of observers could have failed to see the potential to progress in treatment of this disease if more funding were directed to such research. It also continued to show the promise and real hope of treatments for this illness based on science and proper investigations. We hope that everyone left not only with an enhanced knowledge gained from the conference but also with renewed hope for development of more treatments 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.

This year the conference concentrated on the case for clinical trials and left no one in doubt about the serious consequences of this illness. The conference for 2011 demonstrated the possibilities for clinical trials and showed again the urgent need for more funding for biomedical research and the sure progress being made by those committed professionals with a clear strategy for scientific advancement.

Invest in ME organised a number of events during the conference days including -

  • a visit to parliament with some of the presenters to meet MPs at a special All Party Parliamentary Group meeting organised by Invest in ME and APPG chair Annette Brooke MP.

  • Our "Corridor Conference" - Researchers Colloquium (BRMEC1) was also instrumental in progressing new contacts and ideas.

  • The Science, Politics and ME pre-conference dinner presentation had presentations from Dr Ian Gibson and Hillary Johnson

  • The IIMEC6 conference

  • Invest in ME also hosted the European ME Alliance AGM

The researchers showed the clear evidence of the organic basis of this disease and possible causes.

Invest in ME invited a number of researchers, politicians, media persons and healthcare staff to come to the conference at our expense in order to improve understanding and distribution of correct information about ME.

Our attempts to bring in establishment organisations to listen to the foremost research on ME were less successful.

Our Journal of IiME, together with the conference section, is available on our web site.

The conference for 2011 showed the urgent need for more funding for biomedical research and the sure progress being made by those committed professionals with a clear strategy for scientific advancement.