Experts in neurovirology, imaging and orthostatic intolerance will take the lead for the fourth annual UK CFS/M.E. Research Collaborative (CMRC) conference, which will this year be held in Bristol on Wednesday 13 and Thursday 14 September.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH)’s Dr Avindra Nath will talk about his work on neurovirology and infections of the nervous system.
Blogging recently about the work of the NIH, its Director, Dr Francis Collins, explained that Dr Nath is leading “an extremely detailed and comprehensive evaluation of several dozen people with CFS/ME, focusing on those whose symptoms can be clearly traced to an infectious-like illness and who have been sick for less than five years. These volunteers will undergo a comprehensive battery of tests, including blood draws and brain scans, to help researchers learn more about the clinical and biological features of this disease.”
Other presentations (titles – to be confirmed) include:
- autonomic intolerance by Dr Peter Rowe, John Hopkins Children’s Centre
- imaging in research by Dr Matt Wall, Imanova, a translational research company that specialises in applying PET and MRI scanning techniques to improve drug development and health research
- pain and CFS/ME by Prof Maria Fitzgerald, University College London
- learning from other illness fields by Prof John Gallacher, Oxford University
and a talk by Prof Don Staines from Griffith University, Brisbane.
The conference programme – in draft – can be viewed, here.
Who can attend?
The two-day CMRC conference is open to professional and student researchers (undertaking a research associated programme at an academic institution).
Associate Members – that’s anyone with an interest in M.E. who isn’t a researcher – can attend on the first day of the conference.
Registration for the 2017 CMRC conference for Associate Members is £45. As the CMRC does not receive enough income to cover costs, it has to ask for this contribution, which is heavily subsidised to enable access to the conference for people with M.E.
If you are unable to meet the cost of the ticket but would still like to attend, please contact the CMRC (via Action for M.E.) to request a full/ partial waiver.
Grants for medical students
The ME Association will again be awarding up to 4 grants to medical students to help cover their costs of the registration fee, travel and accommodation at the conference. More details will follow in a separate website announcement in due course.
Read and/or download reports of previous CMRC science conferences: