ME Research UK – October 2023 e-newsletter

Breakthrough magazine online

Our autumn issue of Breakthrough magazine is now available to read online and download. It features an overview of all our most recently funded research projects, as well as features on the DHSC interim delivery plan, an article from Cort Johnson on the role of small funders like us, and more. Read it here.

New projects

We were delighted to announce two newly funded research projects over the last couple of months. Dr Eliana Lacerda and Prof. Geraldine Cambridge are exploring patterns of antibodies in moderate and severe ME/CFS (learn more here), while Prof. Simon Carding and team (pictured above) are investigating the potential role of gut viruses in the development of ME/CFS (learn more here).

Stay tuned for several more announcements before the end of the year.

Informing you

We are continuing to provide more articles on our website looking at different aspects of ME/CFS research, to help keep our supporters informed. Recent topics include leaky gut and the immune system, sex differences in exercise responses, and the viral origins of ME/CFS.


DecodeME, the world’s largest genetic study into ME/CFS, closes for new participants at 5 p.m. on 15 November 2023. If you have not already done so, please register and complete the questionnaire and, if selected for a DNA sample, return the test as directed. You can get more information here.

Christmas cards

This year’s Christmas cards are still available to buy via email, phone, post or our online shop. With every purchase you will be helping to support our work investing in ME/CFS research. Order your cards here.

The Big Give

Thanks to our Pledgers, the Reed Foundation has chosen to be ME Research UK’s Charity Champion and has added a further layer of matched donations to our Pledge pot. From noon 28th November until noon 5th December, the first £13,675 donated via The Big Give will be doubled pound for pound – one donation = double the difference. All funds raised will be invested in further ME/CFS research. We will send further information to allow you to support us.

Help us make the breakthrough

We know that, as a subscriber to our newsletter and 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/CFS.

Donations from our valued supporters allow us to invest in many more vital studies into ME/CFS 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.

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