Collaboration Between Haukeland and UK Centres

UK Rituximab Trial Update

We are pleased to announce that Dr Øystein Fluge and his team from Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway, will be visiting the Norwich Centre to continue and extend the collaboration between IiMER-funded researchers as the plans for the UK rituximab trial develop.

Already the IiMER funded researchers have been collaborating with Dr Fluge and Professor Mella and the team in Bergen - with Dr Jo Cambridge and Fane Mensah both having visited Norway as part of their continued collaboration to study the potential role of B cells in ME and they continue this collaboration.

IiMER also funded our advisor, Professor Jo Edwards as the first to visit Bergen back in the autumn of 2013.

This close collaboration benefits all researchers involved and is greatly appreciated.

Establishing biomedical research into ME and arranging clinical trials is not, and has not been easy. Invest in ME Research have been working tirelessly for many years attempting to foster, encourage, find, facilitate and eventually fund high-quality biomedical research which is built on a strategy which will lead to an understanding of the aetiology of this disease and the development of treatments.

Our strategy is also founded on international collaboration - of the right stuff.

This development is a further example of that strategy taking effect.


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Further Reading

1. Antibodies to ß adrenergic and muscarinic cholinergic receptors in patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

2. Investing in ME Research

3. Haukeland Phase II rituximab clinical trial

4. ME/CFS – Through The Eyes of a Young Researcher

5. IiMER Announce New Target for B-Cell PhD Studentship

6. IIMEC12 and BRMEC7

7. The IiMER Proposal for a Centre of Excellence for ME

8. The European ME Research Group

9. New study on pathological mechanisms in ME from Bergen research group



Our Current Funding Streams

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B-cell/Ritux

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Invest in ME Research is an independent UK charity finding, funding and facilitating a strategy of biomedical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME or ME/CFS), as defined by WHO-ICD-10-G93.3. and promoting better education about ME.

The charity is run by volunteers - patients or parents of children with ME - with no paid staff. Overheads are kept to a minimum to enable all funds raised to go to promoting education of, and funding for biomedical research into, ME.

The charity decided early on that biomedical research into ME was crucial in order to make progress in treating this disease. We also decided that education of healthcare staff, the media, government departments, patient groups and patients was to be a priority.

The charity's objectives are to initiate, maintain and augment a strategy of high-quality biomedical research into ME, to provide education about ME, and to raise awareness of the effects of the disease on patients and families.

We are a small charity but with a growing number of supporters who have big hearts - and a determination to get the best possible research to be carried out to find the cause of myalgic encephalomyelitis and develop treatments.

We have links nationwide and also internationally.

Invest in ME Research is a founder member of the European ME Alliance (EMEA), a collaboration of European national charities and organisations.

We do not receive and have never received funding from government or government organisations.

The charity organises an annual research Colloquium and conference regularly attracting delegates from over 15 countries and now funds research at IFR/UEA and UCL as well as influencing collaboration elsewhere.

Our conferences and colloquiums were organised from the beginning in order to provide a platform for research and a means of facilitating education about ME.

In order to bring the best education and research to bear on ME and to find and facilitate the best strategy of research into this disease the charity welcomes support for our work.

Last Update 12/11/2016