Background

For a long time it has been the objective of UK charity Invest in ME Research to forge international collaborations between researchers.

IiMER is a member of the European ME Alliance (EMEA) and recently EMEA has joined the European Federation of Neurological Associations in order to promote ME in Europe [1].

With our EMEA colleagues we have also had discussions on forming a European Advisory Board which would allow EMEA to discuss, initiate and fund biomedical research into ME. This has led to further development of the idea.

During the Invest in ME Research BRMEC5 meeting in May 2015 [2] discussions with European researchers were conducted about the future of ME research and how better to coordinate and link together research activity in several European countries.

Based upon these conversations there appears to be overwhelming support and enthusiasm from the group of researchers whom IiMER/EMEA have brought together to work cooperatively and more effectively.

Forming a group or consortium of European researchers represents a very progressive step in not only helping to establish new collaborations and cement on-going ones but also in developing new research ideas and priorities and bidding for funds that would allow us to work together on joint projects.

This is the genesis of EMERG! The European ME Research Group

Facilitated also by our supportive MPs IiMER convened the inaugural meeting in London to bring this together in the hope that rapid and lasting progress can be made in the research, treatment and cure for myalgic encephalomyelitis.

In January 2016 Professor Simon Carding and Dr Uldi Berkis from Latvia met in Norwich Research Park to discuss future planning.

EMERG also met prior to the BRMEC6 Colloquium in London in May 2016.

The emergence of the EMERG concept could prove to be a critical developments in research into ME in Europe over the last decade.

We urge all patients and carers to support the continuation of this exciting development.

References:

1 EMEA Joins European Federation of Neurological Associations
2 Biomedical Research into ME Colloquium 5

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