Invest in ME Research Scientific Advisory Board
A High Quality Team for High Quality Research
Invest in ME Research supports high quality, biomedical research into myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME).
In order to ensure that we maintain a strategy of high-quality biomedical research for the future IiMER have decided to form an Advisory Board of top researchers to assist us in planning and building a strategy of high quality biomedical research into ME.
We hope this will allow more focus on research required to find the pathomechanism of the disease.
The first advisory board meeting was held in August 2014 in London.
The meeting discussed what we know about ME so far, the progress of the UCL B cell study and UEA gut microbiota research and the aims of these projects in, for example, identifying sub groups of patients and how the research Invest in ME is funding at the moment can be tied together to complement each other.
There was consensus that the most difficult part for researchers is to find correctly diagnosed patients and they rely on clinicians to do the selection process. It was discussed how there are probably very many low lying patients who have this disease but are outside of the healthcare system - something IiME has pointed out many times in the past - and it would be useful to identify those patients and enable them to be part of research efforts.
Together we are working on establishing the correct and unbiased science to be involved in ME research.
A number of key areas and possible projects have been identified.
We believe our approach to initiating biomedical research into ME is the best way to produce results
and feel very strongly that the key elements of a correct and productive strategy of research into ME have been created.
Our Biomedical Research Colloquiums
IIMER Advisory Board
Dr Ian Gibson
Former MP for Norwich North and Dean of the School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia
Dr Jo Cambridge
Professorial Research Associate UCL
Professor Anne Cooke
Emeritus Professor of Immunobiology, Department of Pathology, University of Cambridge
Professor Angela Vincent
Emeritus Professor of Neuroimmunology, University of Oxford
Professor Simon Carding
Head, Gut Health and Food Safety Research Programme, Quadram Institute Bioscience, Norwich Research Park
Professor Jonathan Edwards
Emeritus Professor of Connective Tissue Medicine University College London (UCL)
Professor Tom Wileman
Professor of Infection & Immunity, UEA