A new class
At the beginning of the summer, we were delighted to announce joint funding, with Action for ME, for a new PhD-level research project at King’s College London. The new project is being conducted by PhD student Luke Marney, under the supervision of Dr Alfredo Iacoangeli, and is focused on the genetic basis of ME/CFS.
They will look at a specific type of genetic variation called an RIP (retrotransposon insertion polymorphism) which has been implicated in the development and progression of several disorders. The group will explore whether a specific RIP or set of RIPs is also involved in ME/CFS.
A new member of the team
We recently welcomed a new member onto the ME/CFS team. Dr Keith Geraghty has joined as our Science and Research Lead, and we very much look forward to working with him.
His first work for the charity has been to establish a steady stream of articles keeping supporters up-to-date on new ME/CFS research news. You can find these on our website.
Our new collection of Christmas cards is now available to buy via email, phone, post or our online shop. There are ten designs available this year, and with every purchase you will be helping to support our work. We are so grateful to everyone who supports us in this way every year.
The autumn 2022 issue of our Breakthrough magazine will be off to the printers soon, and then copies will be making their way to all our subscribers.
The issue will be available to read online in a couple of months, but if you’d like to subscribe to the paper version please sign up.
The Big Give
We are taking part in The Big Give – the UK’s largest match-funding scheme – again this year. Supporters have already pledged £6,200, and so the first £6,200 of donations made on the Big Give’s website from midday on 29 November until midday on 6 December 2021 will be matched by the pledgers. One donation – double the difference.
You can add to our pledge total until the end of the day on 11 September and find out more about the Big Give here.
Help us make the Breakthrough
We know that as someone who is interested in the work we support, you join us in the belief that robust scientific research is the key to understanding ME.
Donations from our valued supporters allow us to invest in many more vital studies into ME around the world, like those highlighted above.
If you are able, please consider making a donation to ME Research UK to help continue our work.