Group on Scientific
Research into M.E.*
Inquiry into progress in the scientific research of M.E.
Group on Scientific Research into M.E.
Dr. Ian Gibson MP today publicly
launches the Group on Scientific Research into M.E.
Dr. Ian Gibson MP said:
Chief Medical Officer’s report into CFS/ME represented an
important step in Government’s recognition of the seriousness of
M.E. Three years on from this report, the time is right to
evaluate how much further we have come in understanding the
causes of M.E., establishing a programme of research on all
aspects of the condition and securing adequate investment for
Terms of Reference:
The Group on Scientific Research into
M.E. has been established to assess the progress of scientific research
on M.E., since the publication of the Chief Medical Officer’s Working
Group Report into CFS/ME in 2002. In particular the group has been
o increase public
understanding of scientific research into ME/CFS
o evaluate progress in the development of a full programme of
research into ME/CFS
o identify research and funding requirements in establishing
the cause of ME/CFS
Starting in early 2006, hearings will
take place as part of the Group’s inquiries. These hearings will take
oral evidence from M.E. sufferers, leading medical experts and
government officials on the progress of scientific research on the
condition. The group has also written to both leading medical experts
and charity organisations requesting written evidence on this subject,
with a deadline for written submissions of Tuesday the 20th of
December. It is the group’s aim to release a report based on this
evidence following the conclusion of oral hearings. We are not
inflexible in our agenda, but we wish to conclude it by Easter.
Enquiries about the group should be
made in writing to Dr Ian
Gibson MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA.
Unfortunately, due to administrative constraints on the group, we will
not be able to respond to replies sent in return to this email address.
* M.E. is also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). It is sometimes
diagnosed as Post Viral Fatigue Syndrome (PVFS).