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Invest in ME Research is an independent UK charity facilitating and funding a strategy of biomedical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME or ME/CFS), as defined by WHO-ICD-10-G93.3. and promoting better education about ME. The charity is run by volunteers - patients or parents of children with ME.
We are a small charity but with a growing number of supporters who have big hearts - and a determination to get the best possible research to be carried out to find the cause of myalgic encephalomyelitis and develop treatments.

We have links nationwide and also internationally. Invest in ME Research are one of the founding members of The European ME Alliance. We do not receive and have never received funding from government or government organisations.

The charity decided early on that biomedical research into ME was crucial in order to make progress in treating this disease. We also decided that education of healthcare staff, the media, government departments, patient groups and patients was to be a priority.

Our conferences and, later, our colloquiums were organised from the beginning in order to provide a platform for research and a means of facilitating education about ME. In order to bring the best education and research to London each year we welcome all support for these events as there are significant costs involved in achieving this.

On the right of the page we have a number donation buttons which direct funds to help the charity cover the costs of conferences and research meetings and the general running of the charity or to augment ring-fenced funds for specific research projects.
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Invest in ME Research 

Invest in ME Research (IiMER) was set up with the objectives of making a change in how ME is perceived and treated in the media, by health departments and by healthcare professionals. We aim to do this by identifying the three key areas to concentrate our efforts on - funding for biomedical research, education and lobbying. Invest in ME aims to collaborate and coordinate events and activities in these areas in order to provide the focus and funding to allow biomedical research to be carried out.

Invest in ME want to establish a national strategy of biomedical research into ME and establish a UK and European Centre of Excellence for biomedical research into ME. Please help make ME an illness which is properly understood and where adequate funding is provided for biomedical research into ME allowing treatments and cures to be found.

Our aim is to bring together like-minded individuals and groups to campaign for research and funding to establish an understanding of the aetiology, pathogenesis and epidemiology of ME. We hope this will lead to the development of a universal diagnostic test that can confirm the presence of ME and, subsequently, medical treatments to cure or alleviate the effects of the illness

We believe that the seriousness of the situation regarding ME makes it necessary for governments to provide "ring-fenced" funding for bio-medical research in to ME (as was provided for HIV/AIDS) in order to address the need for development of diagnostic tests and remedial treatments.

We believe governments should standardise on usage of the Canadian Criteria for diagnosis so that there is an agreed basis (noting that evolutionary improvement would be welcomed).

We believe governments need to not only endorse and adopt, but officially promote the World Health Organisation classification of ME as a neurological illness, as defined by ICD-10-G93.3, separate from the psychological illnesses classified under ICD-10-F48, in order to provide the distinction of the neurological disease.

We believe that governments should provide a national strategy of biomedical research into ME to produce treatments and cures for this illness.

Our efforts are focused on setting up a UK Centre of Excellence which will provide proper examinations and diagnosis for ME patients and a coordinated strategy of biomedical research into ME in order to find treatment(s) and cure(s).

Invest in ME Research have no paid staff - all work is performed for free by volunteers.

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Research

Our research strategy and the research funded by the charity

Information

Information and articles about ME

Conferences

Our annual international Colloquiums/Conferences

Fundraising

Details of our fundraising activities and how to help us

News

Current and archived news from the charity

About Us

More information about the charity

Centre of Excellence for ME

Our proposal for a UK Centre of Excellence for ME

Education

Useful educational aids for ME awareness

Upcoming Events

Invest in ME Research are a founding member and current chair of the European ME Alliance (EMEA). EMEA has arranged a high-level meeting in the European Parliament on 7th March 2017 to discuss ME.
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#BRMEC7 - our seventh international Biomedical Research into ME Colloquium - held in London - on 31st May - 1st June 2017. More details here.
#IIMEC12 - our twelth ME international conference heldin London - on 2nd June 2017 at One Great George Street. More details here.