Forward-ME Group Minutes – 17th July 2018

Posted on 9 Oct 2018

Minutes of Meeting held in Residence 2, House of Lords, Tuesday 17 July 2018, 2.00 pm Present: Countess of Mar (Chairman): Carol Monaghan MP; Bill & Janice Kent (reMEmber); Tony Crouch (25% Group); Christine Harrison (BRAME); Dr Charles Shepherd (ME Association); and Dr Nina Muirhead. Apologies had been received from Hannah Clifton ( ME Trust), Sarah Reed (ME Action), Jane Colby and Anita Williams (TYMES Trust), Sue Waddle and Jonathan...

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Introducing our new CEO – Simon Phillips

Posted on 10 Sep 2018

ME Research UK Board of Charity Trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Phillips as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the charity. Simon comes to us with a wealth of charity sector experience that complements our existing team.  We are all looking forward to working with him and the team to build on our position as the UK’s leading charity funding biomedical research into ME. Simon adds, “I am extremely proud to have been...

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CBT & GET – Parliamentary Question – Updated

Posted on 10 Jul 2018

The Countess of Mar, Chair of the Forward-ME Group and Patron of ME Research UK has raised a number of points with the Department of Health and Social Care concerning how those affected by ME/CFS can report adverse effects experienced due to participation in Graded Exercise Therapy and/or Cognative Behavioural Therapy (GET and CBT). These two ‘treatments’ are recommended by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence...

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Forward-ME Group Minutes – 1 May 2018

Posted on 4 Jun 2018

Minutes of the Meeting held in Residence 1, House of Lords, Tuesday 1 May 2018, 2.00 pm Present: Countess of Mar (Chairman); Carol Monaghan MP; Amy Brett (PA to Ms Monaghan); Bill Kent (reMEmber);  Jane Colby & Anita Williams (TYMES Trust); Tony Crouch (25% Group); Christine Harrison (Brame); Clare Ogden (AFME); Dr Charles Shepherd (ME Association); Dr Nina Muirhead; Sue Waddle (ME Research UK); and Alexandra Heumber (Head of International...

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NICE Scoping Meeting 25th May 2018

Posted on 31 May 2018

On 25 May 2018, our Vice Chair, Mrs Sue Waddle attended NICE’s Scoping Meeting in London as part of the on-going process to replace the current Guideline on ME/CFS (CG53) which is due in 2020. Her personal view of the meeting is now available. The aims of the meeting were to obtain views on the draft scope of the review in relation to the areas for inclusion and to identify any omissions but also to encourage membership of the planned guideline...

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Can probiotics help?

Posted on 14 May 2018

Earlier this year, ME Research UK funded a new research study led by Prof. Yan Yiannakou in Newcastle looking at changes to the immune system and gut microbiome in patients with ME/CFS and those with irritable bowel syndrome. Gastrointestinal symptoms are very common among ME/CFS patients, and can include abdominal swelling and/or pain, nausea and vomiting, and abnormal bowel behaviour. Indeed, their presence is one of the criteria that can...

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