Today marks the start of the third UK ME/CFS Research Collaborative (CMRC) Annual Science Conference in Newcastle. To facilitate travel for speakers and visitors, the venue is the 3-star Novotel at Newcastle Airport, the same venue as 2015. The first day of the conference is open to researchers and all CMRC members, while tomorrow is open to researchers only. Download the latest 2016 CMRC conference programme (pdf).

The plan is to livestream as many of the research presentations as possible though, of course, streaming will not be possible for presentations containing unpublished data. You can watch the proceedings via the Conference Live stream

Recordings of the livestream will be uploaded to YouTube at a later date.

Confirmed speakers who have 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 (Wednesday 28th September) covers:

  • 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 tomorrow 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  • New and unpublished research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

ME Research UK’s Dr Vance Spence and Sue Waddle 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).