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In 2014, ME Research UK reached a milestone, topping the £1 million mark in grants awarded to researchers. This represents 35 specific biomedical projects, the results of which have now been published as 58 research papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. To mark the occasion, we have produced a special 32-page edition of Breakthrough magazine, written by Dr Neil Abbot, entitled, “£1 million of biomedical research: an overview of the projects you have funded”. Several thousand hard copies have already been sent to our friends and supporters – with very positive feedback – and the on-line version is now available.

Written in plain English, the aim of the overview is to give non-scientists an easily digestible summary of the biomedical research we have supported over the years. It also discusses some of the less well-known aspects of research funding, such as the need for programmes of research that continue year-on-year. The research is classified into subject areas to illustrate the breadth and range of the scientific work, as the contents illustrate:

•Genes and systems analysis
•Infection
•Definitions and diagnosis
•Immunity
•Circulation and the blood
•Clinical trials and therapies
•Brain and nervous system
•Exercise and muscle
•Pain and sensitivity
•Children and young people
•Research infrastructure
•Programmes of research

We know that none of this research work would have happened without the hard work and generosity of ME patients, their families and friends, and other ME organisations (such as the Irish ME Trust, the John Richardson Research Foundation, and Irish ME/CFS Association) who share our belief in the need for biomedical research. A ‘million’ thanks to you all. Our task now is to get cracking on raising the next £1 million!