INVITATION to the CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER from Mrs Annette Whittemore of the WHITTEMORE-PETERSON INSTITUTE


                                                                           23 May 2008

Sir Liam Donaldson
Chief Medical Officer

Department of Health
Room 114
Richmond House
79 Whitehall
London SW1A 2NS
 

INVITATION from the WHITTEMORE-PETERSON INSTITUTE

Dear Sir Liam,

Invest in ME is a UK charity which promotes better education regarding myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS) and campaigns for a national strategy for biomedical research into ME/CFS. 

We invited you to our recent International ME/CFS Conference in London on 23rd May 2008, a conference devoted to biomedical research and treatments for this debilitating neurological illness. The conference theme was Sub Grouping and Treatments for ME/CFS and demonstrated the only logical way forward to tackling this illness. Dr Paul Cosford attended on your behalf.

In Nevada, USA, the Whittemore-Peterson Institute for Neuro-Immune Diseases (WPI) is being established to perform important biomedical research into ME/CFS and other chronic illnesses. The WPI will conduct research, provide clinical care of patients with ME/CFS and fibromyalgia and develop educational programmes for the community and physicians. The WPI will also seek answers for patients with other chronic systemic illnesses including atypical MS, Gulf War Syndrome and autism; diseases that result from complex disorders of the immune system and brain.

This institute is the model which many feel ought to be replicated in the UK with a clear strategy of biomedical research being created and implemented. The WPI’s Research Director, Dr Judy Mikovits, discussed how sub grouping would affect research strategies.

As a follow up to our London conference the founder of the institute, Mrs. Annette Whittemore, has kindly invited you to visit the WPI within the next 6-8 months to enable you to see the plans for the institute and discuss with the WPI board and their researchers how their strategy. Mrs. Whittemore has also invited you to the official opening of the institute in 2010.

Invest in ME will happily facilitate this meeting and we hope you will accept the invitations and urge you to take the opportunity to demonstrate a new strategy for ME/CFS which will be to the benefit of the thousands and thousands of sufferers and families affected by this illness,

Yours Sincerely,

Kathleen McCall

Chairman Invest in ME Charity Number 1114035

www.investinme.org
Last Update: 25 May 2008