CMRC Executive / Becoming a Member

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Executive Committee and Becoming a Member

UK CMRCMembers of CRMC are represented by an executive committee who organise meetings, co-ordinate public statements, and develop proposals for funding and research strategy.

The ME Association is a member of the executive committee, and meets with other members formally at least twice every year. Details of the committee’s responsibilities can be read in the charter, and meeting summaries are published as soon as possible after each meeting.

As at July 2015, members of the executive committee were:

Chair Professor Stephen Holgate (University of Southampton) and Deputy Chair Dr Esther Crawley (University of Bristol).

Dr Mark Edwards (University College London), Dr Zoe Gotts (University of Northumbria), Professor Paul Little (University of Southampton), Dr Alastair Miller (BACME), Professor Julia Newton (University of Newcastle), Professor Carmine Pariante (King’s College London), Professor Hugh Perry (Chair of Neurosciences Board, MRC), and Professor Chris Ponting (Deputy Director of Functional Genomics Unit, MRC).

Charity membership is represented by Dr. Neil Abbot (or Jan McKendrick) (ME Research UK), Sonya Chowdhury (Action for M.E.), Dr Charles Shepherd (ME Association), and Mary Jane Willows (Association Young People with ME).

Observers are Dr Neha Issar-Brown and Dr Joe McNamara (Medical Research Council), Ed Sykes (Science Media Centre), and others representing Wellcome Trust and National Institute for Health Research (names to be announced).

Becoming a Member of the CMRC

Professional and Student Membership

Professional membership costs £20 per year and student* membership £15 per year.

Membership is open to all UK-based medical practitioners, all other health care professionals, researchers and charities involved in ME/CFS research: see the CMRC Charter for more details.

Benefits of membership include:

  • contributing to work streams designed to deliver the aims and objectives of the CMRC
  • contributing to research strategy
  • being kept up-to-date with work stream progress and new initiatives
  • reduced fees for attendance at the annual general meeting where work streams will present their progress in meeting objectives and researchers will be able to present research findings.

*Students in this category are defined as those doing research and registered for a further degree (PhD, doctorate, MSC)

Associate Membership


Open to those interested in supporting the CMRC. Associate members are not expected to be actively involved in ME/CFS research but will want to support it.

Benefits of membership include:

  • regular email updates about work stream progress, outcomes from meetings and new initiatives.

Membership Application

To apply for membership please complete the application form and return to the address indicated by email or by post with the appropriate payment if required.