Help Us Perform Biomedical Research into ME
Take a slot in the Matrix to Raise Funds for the UK
Inspired by a £1000 donation to the
UK Rituximab Treatment Trial
JustGiving page, the Let's do it for ME team have come up with an idea
to help raise awareness and funds for this important biomedical
research into understanding and finding effective treatments for ME.
The aim of the Matrix project is to help to raise as much as
possible of the £350,000 required to fund this trial by inviting 100
pledges to raise or donate £1000 each.
Invest in ME will coordinate the fundraising for this trial.
The charity has
already invited other charities and organisations to support us in funding this
We invite everyone to participate.
How the MATRIX Works
For those pledging via a fundraising effort, we will
be happy to create
a JustGiving page for anyone wishing us to do so on their behalf. We
can also provide sponsorship forms, collection vessels, and awareness
materials. Please just let us know your needs.
For every £1000 pledged, raised or donated, one slot may be taken, so
that those who raise £2000 could fill two slots if they so wish, and so on.
Let's Do It For ME/Invest in ME have initiated this idea to get a UK rituximab trial started as
soon as possible.
As each of these initial slots is taken we will highlight the donor or
fundraising initiative and link to individual pages or sites, and
provide an ongoing status on the projects.
If we have more than 100 applicants then we can create more slots,
aiming to build to 1000 x £1000 for biomedical ME research, and just
imagine what that would achieve?!
The UK rituximab trial has been initiated by Invest in ME and our
advisor, Professor Jonathan Edwards, Emeritus Professor of Connective
Tissue Medicine at University College London (UCL), and the research
team at UCL.
Professor Edwards was responsible for both the phase I and the proof
of concept phase II (NEJM 2004) studies in rheumatoid arthritis , which formally
established the validity of B cell depletion in autoimmune disorders.
At our recent BRMEC meeting Dr Jo Cambridge from UCL played a
significant role in proceedings.
Professor Edwards joined our IIMEC8 conference in London and has
discussed with the Norwegian Haukeland researchers who are conducting
clinical trials with rituximab.
If you would like to take one of the slots in the 100 x 1000 matrix
then click one of the Free slots in the Matrix (use the link highlighted below) and
add your contact details to the form which will send us an
email. Specify your contact details, your fundraising idea or direct donation,
and any text/images you would like us to use to build your page in the
If you would like to donate to this fund by another method then please
How to Donate
options on the rituximab trial page.
If you feel you can support us in any way - by fundraising, by
spreading word of this, or by simply letting us know that you agree
with us then we welcome that support.
Click here to find out more about the UK rituximab trial.
Click here to find out more about the Let's do it for ME awareness and
We invite you to join The Matrix - Let's do it for ME!
Click here to see the IiME UK Rituximab Trial Donation Matrix
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