Virgin Money London Marathon 2017

Posted on 16 Nov 2016

Following an open competition to choose a runner to fill ME Research UK’s guaranteed charity place in the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon, supporter Tom Whittingham has been picked to wear bib number 55102. The Virgin Money London Marathon is the largest annual fundraising event on the planet – runners have raised over £750 million for good causes since the race began in 1981. On being informed of his success, Tom said, “I am so...

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NEW STUDY – Genetic marker detection

Posted on 6 Nov 2016

Prof Brett Lidbury and colleagues at the John Curtin School of Medical Research, Australian National University in Canberra are conducting an ongoing programme, funded by charities in Australia, which aims to find biomarkers for ME/CFS using a range of sources – bioinformatics, genetics and pathological testing. ME Research UK has provided funding to the group to acquire additional genetic data using DNA pooling. It will then be possible to...

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ME Research UK & the CMRC

Posted on 4 Nov 2016

ME Research UK is committed to commissioning, promoting and supporting high quality biomedical research into ME/CFS. We strive to achieve this not only through our own efforts but also via our membership of the ME/CFS Research Collaborative. When ME Research UK joined the Collaborative it did so in a spirit of goodwill and co-operation with the aim of furthering the cause of biomedical research; however as with all other member charities, we...

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Retirement of Neil Abbot

Posted on 27 Oct 2016

Our Research & Operations Director, Dr Neil  Abbot, retires this week after 15 years service. At his recent retirement lunch, he explained that reaching retirement age was a new experience, sobering in many ways but also the start of a new phase of life. Fortunately, he will continue to be involved with the charity in a voluntary capacity as Hon Secretary to the Scientific Advisory Board, allowing continuity in dealing with research...

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Nose and throat inflammation

Posted on 19 Oct 2016

There are many different triggers for ME/CFS. In most people, the illness starts with an infection, often viral, but others report a vaccination or immunisation as the initial event. Although there has been very little research on this particular aspect, one Belgian report from 2002 found a small cluster of cases (around 5% of more than 1500 patients) where hepatitis B vaccination could have been involved in the initiation of ME/CFS  (read...

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ME/CFS funding report

Posted on 29 Sep 2016

A report into the funding of ME/CFS by major institutional funders over the past decade was unveiled today at the UK ME/CFS Research Collaborative (CMRC) conference in Newcastle (read the report; pdf). The CMRC had commissioned ÜberResearch to interrogate its Dimensions database for relevant funding information on ME/CFS in comparison with other diseases. Surprisingly, there had never been an analysis of research funding into ME/CFS, so a clear...

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