Registration is now open for members of the public wishing to attend the Associate Members Session of the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative (CMRC) Annual Science Conference on 13th October 2015. Further details can be found at the Associate Member Registration page. The venue is the 3-star Novotel at Newcastle Airport.

CMRC logo

CMRC logo

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. This will be a joint meeting with the researchers attending the full conference, and will last from 1.45 pm to 7.30 pm on Tuesday 13 October. This session, which is free thanks to sponsorship by the Medical Research Council, will include a workshop on patient-reported outcome measures, facilitated by Dr Kirstie Haywood (Senior Research Fellow, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick), and a presentation on social policy research and ME by Prof Liz Perkins. There will also be an update on current research funded by the Medical Research Council, and a Q&A session. Parts of the event will be live-streamed so that Associate Members unable to attend can participate from home. The format is likely to be similar to the highly successful workshop session during the CMRC conference in 2014 (read our short report).

Further details of the outline programme, and how to become an Associate Member (if you are not one already) can be found at the booking page. Details of the research content of the conference, including speakers, can be seen at our CMRC Annual Science Conference page. 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 64-page 2014 CMRC conference report prepared by Action for ME
Our short report on the 2014 CMRC conference (read more)
Our report on the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative launch in 2013 (read more)
The overview of ME Research UK’s funded projects, “£1 million of biomedical research


The Countess of Mar, with Dr Faisel Khan, ME Research UK’s Vice-Chair Sue Waddle, and Jan McKendrick at the launch of the CMRC