UK Rituximab Trial - Let's Do It

On 6th June 2013 the Norwegian Forskningsradet agreed to fund the next phase of rituximab trials of Professor Olav Mella and Dr Oystein Fluge from Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen [1]. These trials have already been discussed in the last three Invest in ME International ME Conferences, as well as research meetings organised by Invest in ME in collaboration with Alison Hunter Memorial Foundation of Australia.

Clinical trials by other groups are important and will provide the continuity and progress we look for. The IIMEC7 conference highlighted the case for clinical trials [2].

Invest in ME and its supporters have decided that a UK Rituximab trial is important in this mix and we have been making initial discussions with researchers, across countries, to facilitate this.

We are now in a position to move forward to initiate a UK Rituximab Trial following our BMRMEC meeting [3] and IIMEC8 conference [4]. 

We have therefore decided to create a separate strand to our Biomedical Research Fund which will be explicitly used for this UK rituximab trial.

A specific fund-raising thermometer has been created just for this project - see the image on the right.

The total funding requirement for this trial will be refined as we present more details of the project and as the project progresses.

Some more information is given below in our FAQs section -   click here.

We invite people to support this great venture and we have already contributed funds for this and have fundraising projects coming online which will add to this.

If you would like to donate  to this fund please see the donation options at the end of this page - click here.


We aim to build up a fund to accomplish this ourselves but we are happy to accept support from others who have the same objectives as Invest in ME.

IiME are also discussing with our EMEA colleagues on ways to increase biomedical research into ME and have recently completed an interesting meeting which discussed this topic, amongst other lines of research.

We are confident these projects can be performed and started relatively quickly.

If you feel you can support us in any way - by fundraising, by spreading word of this, by simply letting us know that you agree with us then we welcome that support.

ME patients and their carers, when determined, are amongst the most resourceful around. The Let's Do It for ME campaign has energised ME research.

You can do it - We can do it.

Let's Do It For ME!


This page will serve as a starting point for the UK Rituximab Trial. We shall add more information and develop this and other pages to describe the trial as the trial preparation itself develops.

If you have something you want to know but don't find it here then email us and we'll try to answer it - although our efforts are on making rapid progress for biomedical research and we aim to place as much information as we can on this web site.

FAQS on the UK Rituximab Trial

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Here is the link for donations - for a specific amount



Here is the link for donations for a monthly donation




For regular monthly donations select one of the amounts below



Here is the link for donations via JustGiving



Here is the link for donations via JustTextGiving -


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1 B-lymphocyte depletion with Rituximab induction and maintenance in CFS/ME. A multicenter, randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study
2 6th Invest in ME International ME/CFS Conference 2011 The Way Forward for ME - A Case for Clinical Trials
3 Biomedical Research into ME Collaborative Meeting (BRMEC) Crowdsourcing for ME
4 8th Invest in ME International ME (ME/CFS) Conference 2013 Infection, Immunity and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis - Mainstreaming ME Research

Last Updated: 10/07/2013