Registration for researchers is now open for the UK ME/CFS Research Collaborative (CMRC) Annual Science Conference on Tuesday 13 October and Wednesday 14 October 2015. Associate members of the CMRC, including people with ME, will be able to register from 1 May 2015. To facilitate travel for speakers and visitors, the venue is the 3-star Novotel at Newcastle Airport. Further details of the outline programme and the costs can be found at the booking page.

The full programme is still being put together, but keynote speakers will include Prof Jo Nijs (Vrije Universiteit Brussel & University of Leuven) on the autonomic nervous system; Prof Hugh Perry (University of Southampton) on neuropathology; Dr Øystein Fluge (Haukeland University Hospital, Bergen) on his Norwegian studies on rituximab; Prof Jim Horne (Loughborough University) on his research into sleep; and the epidemiologist Prof George Davey-Smith (University of Bristol) who will give a presentation on “The bigger picture: big data, genomics, epigenetics and metabolomics”.

CMRC logo

CMRC logo

Like all CMRC conferences, the event is primarily for researchers. Early bird and member discounts are available, so booking early is advisable. A call for abstracts was launched recently with a closing date of 31 July 2015. Successful submissions will be invited to present a poster at the Conference with outstanding applications in the plenary theme areas will also be invited to present orally at the Conference. For a copy of the abstract form, please contact:

People with ME who are Associate Members of the CMRC are also welcome to attend a joint session with a workshop on the afternoon of Tuesday 13 October – and they will be able to register from 1 May 2015. The aim of the workshop session is to enhance engagement between researchers and patients, and it will include a question and answer session (live-streamed) with panelists. The format is likely to be similar to the highly successful workshop session during the CMRC conference in 2014. If you wish to come along, further details including information on how to book will be made available in the near future.

ME Research UK will be there (along with some of the researchers we have funded over the years) – so we hope to see you at the event in October!

Further reading

The full 64-page 2014 CMRC conference report prepared by Action for ME – link
Our short report on the 2014 CMRC conference – link
Report on the UK ME/CFS Research Collaborative launch April 2013 – link
The overview of ME Research UK’s funded projects, “£1 million of biomedical research” – link


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