Prof Stephen Holgate and Prof Jose Montoya at the 2015 conference

Prof Stephen Holgate and Prof Jose Montoya at the 2015 conference

The third UK ME/CFS Research Collaborative (CMRC) Annual Science Conference is taking place on Wednesday 28 and Thursday 29 September 2016. To facilitate travel for speakers and visitors, the venue is the 3-star Novotel at Newcastle Airport, the same venue as 2015.

Download the latest 2016 CMRC conference programme (pdf).

While the full conference is primarily for researchers, other people – ME patients, their families, or members of the general public – are welcome to become associate members of the Collaborative, and thereafter apply for tickets to attend the associate members session on Wednesday 28th September. The aim of this associate members session is to enhance engagement between researchers and patients, and the format is likely to be similar to the highly successful workshop sessions during the CMRC conferences in 2014 and 2015. Registration details can be found here (read more).

Confirmed speakers, who have all benefitted funding from ME Research UK in the past, include:

  • Dr David Patrick, University of British Columbia, Canada (read more)
  • Dr Sarah Knight, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, Australia (read more)
  • Prof David Jones, Newcastle University, UK (read more)
  • Dr Jessica Van Oosterwijck, University of Antwerp (read more)

Day one will cover:

  • Big Data, Biomarkers & Stratification
  • Workshops which will include: Funding challenges for the range of science required; Research with people with severe ME; ME & POTS
  • Presentations from researchers funded by the Medical Research Council (read more)
  • Panel discussion with open Q&A to the keynote presenters

Plenary sessions on day two include:

  • New and unpublished research
  • Children and young people
  • Oral presentations of shorter research projects
  • The Anne Faulkner Memorial Lecture, given by Prof David Jones

Day one is open to all delegates and will close at 7.30 pm. To provide space for unpublished data to be shared and for new collaborations to be explored, day two of the conference is open to researchers only, as is the dinner the night before.

ME Research UK will be attending the whole conference (along with some of the researchers were are funding or are sponsoring to come along) – so we hope to see you on the day!

Further reading

  • The full 2014 and 2015 CMRC conference reports prepared by Action for ME – read more
  • Our short report on the 2015 CMRC conference – read more
  • Report on the UK ME/CFS Research Collaborative launch April 2013 – read more
  • The overview of ME Research UK’s funded projects, “£1 million of biomedical research” – read more
Prof Jo Nijs (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium); Dr Faisal Khan (University of Dundee); Dr Clive Carter (Leeds NHS Trust); Prof Lionel Lubitz (Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia); Dr Erinna Bowman (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine); Victoria Strassheim (Newcastle University); and Prof Julia Newton (Newcastle University).

ME Research UK-funded researchers at the 2015 CMRC Research Conference. Prof Jo Nijs (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium); Dr Faisal Khan (University of Dundee); Dr Clive Carter (Leeds NHS Trust); Prof Lionel Lubitz (Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia); Dr Erinna Bowman (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine); Victoria Strassheim (Newcastle University); and Prof Julia Newton (Newcastle University).