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Welcome to London for IIMEC10

29th May 2015 - IIMEC10

Welcome to London for the IIMEC10 International ME Conference for 2015.
Invest in ME is a UK charity facilitating and funding a strategy of biomedical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME or ME/CFS) and promoting better education about ME.
IIMEC10 is the tenth annual CPD-accredited biomedical research conference organised and hosted by the charity and now attracts presenters, researchers, physicians, patient groups and journalists from around the world.
Below one will find a description of the conference, how to register, the venue and details of the presenters.

Research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis - specifically biomedical research into ME - has, thanks to conferences and research meetings organised by Invest in ME, emerged into the mainstream of research and is receiving increasingly more attention from both major research institutes in several countries as well as national health organisations.

Organisations responsible for medical research in several countries have already stated that ME would receive more urgent attention. In Norway the Norwegian Health Directorate have allocated funding for biomedical research into ME following the 2011 double blind randomised clinical trial using Rituximab (Anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody) by Fluge et al (PLoS 6:10.Oct 2011) to successfully treat ME patients. There is increasing research evidence of immune dysfunction in ME patients.
The UK MRC has previously stated - "There is now preliminary evidence supporting the view that inflammatory mechanisms in the brain and spinal cord may underlie the pathophysiology of some severe disease CFS/ME phenotypes." The IIMEC10 conference will show some of the major initiatives being taken to set up a collaborative strategy for biomedical research into ME to further this complex but exciting area of research leading to appropriate patient care and mainstreaming this field of research as well as this disease.


The conference will appeal to healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses, paediatricians, occupational therapists, researchers, ME support groups, people with ME and those working in social services, educational support and the media. The conference provides an opportunity for people within government, health departments, social services and education to be able to be informed of the true nature of ME and of the current status of diagnosis, treatment and current/future biomedical research possibilities.


If help is needed regarding any aspect of the conference please use our Contact Us page. On the conference day the charity will have a number of helpers to assist from the point of registration through to the end of the day. Our main web site is at www.investinme.org


IIMEC10 will be our tenth annual international conference for ME. The conference regularly attracts clinicians, researchers, healthcare staff, charities, support groups and patients and carers from twenty countries around the world.
This allows unique networking opportunities and increase the potential for one of the charity's main objectives - international collaboration between researchers.

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IIMEC10: Overview


This annual international, CPD accredited research conference provides a platform for the latest and most promising biomedical research into ME. IIMEC10 will be the tenth conference and now attracts researchers, clinicians, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, healthcare professionals and patient groups from fifteen countries from around the world. The conference is a full day event from 09.00 to 17.30. The agenda page below contains the conference schedule.

Why Attend?

With increasing research evidence of immune dysfunction in ME patients and with the MRC stating that there is evidence supporting the view that inflammatory mechanisms in the brain and spinal cord may underlie the pathophysiology of some severe disease ME phenotypes then now is the time to hear of the research coming together to benefit patients and doctors. The conference provides an opportunity to learn of the current developments and future plans in ME researchs and network with an international mix of healthcare professionals, researchers, charities and patients.


Ticket prices are per person attending. Access to the event venue will be limited to "Ticket-Only". Conference Rates include discounts for early registration until 12th March 2015. Professional rates include CPD accreditation. Concessionary rates will be available for patients and attending carers, and charities/non-profits and those attending on behalf of an organisation, though these may be limited in numbers. The cost includes the conference, tea/coffee/refreshments during the arrival, morning and afternoon breaks, and a hot buffet lunch.

Conference Agenda

Our conference theme is Agents of Change. Since 2006 IiME has organised an annual international ME conference and each conference has been a stepping stone for the next one. There has been considerable progress in the last few years especially due to the ground breaking Norwegian research by Fluge et al which showed benefit from rituximab treatment of ME patients. ME research is at a stage where change is possible and progress is inevitable. ME research is an exciting area to be involved in at the moment and Invest in ME is proud to be part of the new developments.


The venue for the conference is 1 Birdcage Walk, London, England SW1H 9JJ Perfectly situated between the graceful 18th century houses of Queen Anne's Gate to the east, and the Wellington Barracks to the west, Birdcage Walk is surrounded by notable landmarks including Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. The conference takes place in a purpose-built lecture theatre

Sponsored Profs

By working with local support groups GPs (or other healthcare professionals) will be able to become far more aware of the current research, knowledge, treatments and support available for people with ME and this will hopefully lead to a closer working relationship with the local ME Support group and its members. Therefore, IiME offer the Sponsored Professional concessionary rate whereby we give a discounted rate for a medical professional who attends the conference when linked to an ME support group. There is no cost to the ME Support group and, with maximum CPD accreditation for the conference, the event can count towards professional education.

Who We Are

We are an independent UK charity campaigning for bio-medical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME.), as defined by WHO-ICD-10-G93.3. We have links nationwide and also internationally. Invest in ME are one of the founding members of The European ME Alliance. Our aim is to bring together like-minded individuals and groups to campaign for research and funding to establish an understanding of the Aetiology, Pathogenesis and Epidemiology of ME. Invest in ME wish to establish a national strategy of biomedical research into ME. and establish a UK/European Centre of Excellence for translational biomedical research into ME.

Our Sponsors

As a small charity we welcome sponsorship. The conference events attract researchers, clinicians, healthcare professionals and patient group representatives from all over the world and the conference provides an ideal opportunity to provide education and information relevant to attendees. If you would like to help us by sponsoring the conference or by taking one of our sponsor tables in order to distribute information then please use the Contact Us page to discuss more.
Or look at the sponsorship opportunities at this link.

Conference Events

The charity also organises and hosts an international research meeting prior to the conference. This brings together many different researchers and clinicans from around the world and underlines our theme for the conference - Synergising Research into ME. The charity also hosts a pre-conference dinner and we endeavour to have a speaker presenting information and views on a relevant topic.

Conference Agenda

Conference Schedule

Lecture Theatre Birdcage Walk

Registration for the conference is open from 7.30 and the conference begins at 08.55 on Friday 29th May 2015.

Times and presentations are subject to change and Invest in ME/Invest in ME Research accept no responsibility for cancellations or changes of presentations or the timings.

The agenda is subject to change and will be refined and amended as we announce the speakers and as the conference date approaches.

08.55 Dr Ian Gibson Conference Opens
09.05 Professor Ian Charles Keynote Speech: Solving ME: What a Research Park Has to Offer in Resolving a Chronic Disease
09.30 Professor Mady Hornig Markers of Immunity and Metabolism in ME/CFS
10.00 Professor Jonas Bergquist Proteomics in ME/CFS
10.25 Refreshments Break
10.50 Dr Luis Nacul Incidence and Prevalence of ME
11.15 Dr Amolak Bansal Diagnosis and Differential Diagnosis: Combining clinic and research
11.45 Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik
Dr Don Staines
tbc - Update from National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases - NCNED
12.15 IiME Projects - Student Researchers The Next Generation
12.40 Refreshments Hot buffet Lunch
13.40 Dr Jo Cambridge B-cell biology and ME/CFS
14.05 Dr Neil Harrison Immune-Brain Communication and Relationship to Inflammation
14.30 Dr John Chia ME and Chronic Enterovirus Infection: An Update on pathogenesis.
14.55 Dr Claire Hutchinson Biomarkers for ME: Visual Processing and ME/CFS
15.20 Refreshments Break
15.50 Professor Betsy Keller Molecular markers before/after exercise /Activity guidelines to avoid symptom flares
16.15 Dr Oystein Fluge / Professor Olav Mella Multi-centre Rituximab Clinical Trial for ME/CFS
17.10 Plenary Will ME Be Treatable/Cured?
17.30 Dr Ian Gibson Adjourn

Conference Registration

The ticket prices are as detailed in the registration box below.
Ticket prices are per person attending
Access to the event venue will be limited to "Ticket-Only"
Tickets are not transferable unless agreed in advance with the charity
The cost of the ticket includes the conference, tea/coffee/refreshments during the morning and afternoon, and a hot buffet lunch
Please also read the Terms and Conditions notes below before registering

Ticket Categories

Note: Earlybird rates are in effect until 12th March 2015 after which normal prices will be charged

Download a registration form for registration and payment via cheque.


Submission of a completed registration to Invest In ME (via one of the options above), will register the application for one ticket covering the attendance day at the event entitled "The 10th International Invest in ME Conference 2015". Access to the event venue will be limited to "Ticket-Only" and Personal Identification may be required for proof of identity.
Under the Data Protection Act (1998), you agree to your details being retained by Invest In ME for the purposes of managing this event.

Disabled Access

Disabled access is available but wheelchair places may be limited by the venue owners and need to be reserved beforehand. IiME cannot guarantee that a wheelchair place will be available and applications are treated on a first-come-first-serve basis. Please see the venue page by clicking the VENUE button on the left of this page. One completed Registration Form is required for each individual wishing to attend.


No refunds will be considered for no-shows. Refunds will be considered if written notice is received by 12th March 2015. No refunds will be given after this date. Only the person named on the ticket may attend the conference. However, substitutions may be accepted provided Invest in ME is informed and if Invest in ME agrees to the substitution at least two weeks prior to the event. Invest In ME is not liable for any loss or damage as a result of substitution, alteration, postponement or cancellation of the event due to causes beyond its control including, without limitation, natural disasters, sabotage, accident, trade or industrial disputes or hostilities.
Concession Rates are offered to ME patients, their immediate or accompanying carers and students but the number of concessionary tickets is limited and will be dealt with on a first-come-first-served basis. Please note that the price per ticket is per person attending. We will be maintaining a waiting list for those who, initially, have not been able to obtain a concessionary rate.

Confirmation of booking

Attendees will receive an e-ticket containing their unique registration id. If an email account is not available then the registration confirmation will be posted. Please bring the confirmation email/letter with you to the conference.
Concession Rates are offered to ME patients, their immediate or All bookings will be confirmed by email, unless otherwise stated. Please contact us if you have not received your confirmation within 10 days after submitting your booking.

CPD Accreditation CPD accreditation forms will only be supplied to those registering using the professional category.


The views expressed at the 10th Invest in ME International ME Conference 2015 by the presenters and delegates to the conference and any information material distributed are their own personal opinions that are not shared or endorsed by the Trustees of IiME. IiME accept no responsibility for the views expressed or any subsequent action taken. The contents of any presentation should not be deemed to be an endorsement, recommendation or approval of such content by Invest in ME. The materials presented at the 10th Invest in ME International ME Conference 2015 do not constitute medical advice. No medical recommendations are given or implied by Invest in ME. Any person registering or attending the conference who may take any action or consider medical treatment or referrals should take detailed advice from their own medical practitioner. Invest in ME disclaims any implied guarantee about the accuracy, completeness, timeliness or relevance of any information contained at the conference. By registering for or attending the conference you agree that Invest in ME is not liable for any complications, injuries, loss or other medical problems arising from, or in connection with, the use of or reliance upon any information contained in the conference.

The Conference Venue

Westminster, London

The venue for the conference is 1 Birdcage Walk, London, England SW1H 9JJ
Perfectly situated between the graceful 18th century houses of Queen Anne's Gate to the east, and the Wellington Barracks
to the west, Birdcage Walk is surrounded by notable landmarks including Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.

Originally the site of James I's aviary and extended by his Grandson, Charles II, One Birdcage Walk was created as part of a post-Restoration remodelling of St. James' Park and is regarded as one of the finest examples of traditional architecture in Westminster.

Up until 1828 only the Hereditary Grand Falconer (the Duke of St. Albans) and the Royal Family could drive down it. The Building is regarded as one of the finest examples of traditional architecture in Westminster. The interiors and function rooms are styled to reflect Birdcage Walk's heritage.

The Lecture Theatre

The Lecture Theatre is located on the ground floor and includes temperature controlled air conditioning, writing tablets attached to every seat and all the technical requirements expected of a modern lecture theatre. Registration, refreshments and lunch are held in the Marble Hall and Gallery on the lower ground floor.

NOTE: Wheelchair places in the conference lecture theatre are limited in number by the venue owners and are beyond our control. Please check before registration.

The Location

Click here for a map reference.

Transportation to Birdcage Walk

By Air

From London Heathrow Airport 50 minutes by car or 40 minutes from Paddington Station by Heathrow Express From London Gatwick Airport 1.5 hours away by car or 30 minutes from Victoria station by the Gatwick Express. British Airports Authority (BAA) - Operators of Heathrow and Gatwick airports

By Rail

From London Heathrow Airport 50 minutes by car or 40 minutes from Paddington Station by Heathrow Express From London Gatwick Airport 1.5 hours away by car or 30 minutes from Victoria station by the Gatwick Express. British Airports Authority (BAA) - Operators of Heathrow and Gatwick airports

By Underground

From Westminster Tube Station 5 minute walk Take Exit 6 -Turn left out of underpass and take next left on to Great George Street -Walk along Great George Street and cross over Horse Guards Parade -Cross over the road at the pedestrian crossing on your left -The main entrance to One Birdcage Walk is on your left. From St James's Park Tube Station 7 minute walk -Take Broadway exit -Turn left out of exit and cross road at pedestrian crossing on to Queen Anne's Gate -Go through Queen Anne's Gate and turn right on to Birdcage Walk -Walk along Birdcage Walk until just before Horse Guards Parade on your left -The main entrance to One Birdcage Walk is on your right. From Victoria Mainline/Tube Station 20 minute walk -Take Victoria Street exit -Walk along the left side of Victoria Street (Victoria Theatre is on this side) -Walk the length of Victoria Street passing Sainsbury's and the HSBC bank until you reach Barclay's Bank. Westminster Abbey will be on your right -Turn left at Barclay's and cross over Tothill Street, via the pedestrian crossing, on to Storey's Gate -Walk the length of Storey's Gate passing the Methodist Central Hall and -Westminster Arms pub until you reach Birdcage Walk -Turn left on to Birdcage Walk -The main entrance to One Birdcage Walk is on your left. Transport for London (TFL) Information on Tube, light rail, bus and taxi services in London.

By Car

There are a number of local car parks near Birdcage Walk. See http://www.westminster.gov.uk/carparks Should you wish to hire a car there are a number of local car rental companies around the area. National Car Parks (NCP) Taxis and Private Hire


If you need a hotel during your stay in London then please use London Town - using the link provided here. The special map allows all hotels to be seen in the vicinity of the conference venue location.

The London Town site also provides help and information regarding your visit. Please mention the IIMEC10 conference also when dealing with London Twon.

Past IIME ME Conferences

Our 2006 conference and our 2-day 2007 conference established a platform for presentation of biomedical research into ME.
Our 2008 conference in London focused on Sub Grouping and Treatments and showed indisputable proof from leading ME experts regarding the pathology of this illness.
Our 2009 conference concentrated on the severely-affected people with ME.
Our 2010 conference concentrated on the new era of ME research which had been created by awareness of the retroviral implications in ME.
For 2011 the focus was on translational biomedical research into ME highlighting the need to initiate clinical trials using homogeneous patient cohorts and correct clinical guidelines.
The 2012 conference focused on the immunological basis of ME and was held shortly after the Clinical Autoimmunity Working Group convened in London [click here].
The 2013 conference had the theme of Mainstreaming ME Research - reflecting the idea that serious research was now beginning to be cosidered for this disease.
The 2014 conference had the theme of Synergising Research into ME - rhighlighting our aims with the conferences and research colloquiums in bringing together different aspects of research into this disease in the hope that combining ideas and experiences of biomedical research into ME and collaborating in future research we will enhance education and effectiveness of research efforts.

The education of healthcare staff about ME must reflect the latest knowledge about the pathogenesis of ME which high quality biomedical research is providing.
The presenters at the conferences represent the world's most current ME/CFS knowledgebase regarding ME/CFS.
The conference provides the latest research and clinical information about ME and allows for the creation or resumption of unique networking opportunities with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced authorities on ME in the world.

Previous Conferences

Below are the previous conferences over the last nine years.

Sponsoring the Conference

Opportunities for Sponsorship

Invest in ME is run by volunteers and all work is carried out for free. The charity therefore welcomes support from companies, organisations, support groups and individuals to make the International ME Conference 2015 a success.
We hope to attract to the conference professionals working in healthcare (GPs, nurses, paediatricians etc.), researchers, students, media personnel, politicians as well as people with ME, their carers and/or parents and ME support groups and charities. To enable us to provide the best conference possible we welcome donations or sponsorship.

We offer a number of opportunities to promote your organisation at our conference, including those listed below. To discuss further then please contact us. -

  • Sponsorship of the BRMEC5 Colloquium - a two day research meeting prior to the conference day

  • Sponsorship of the IIMEC10 pre-conference dinner evening - TAKEN

  • Sponsorship Drinks reception at pre-conference meal - TAKEN

  • Sponsorship of the costs of a presenter at IIMEC10

  • Delegate material sponsorship including lanyards, delegate bags, pens

  • Exhibition table - 1 remaining

  • Corporate inserts in delegate packs

  • Adverts in conference Journal

Please note that sponsorship decisions are at the discretion of trustees of the charity. Thank you!


Contact Us

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the conference then please contact us by email and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your interest in the International ME Conference 2015.

Contact Address

  • Address: Invest in ME PO Box 561 Eastleigh SO50 0GQ Hampshire UK
  • Phone: 07759 349743
  • Fax: 02380 000040
  • Email: meconference@investinme.org

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Other Invest in ME Research Activity


IIMER are facilitating a strategy of biomedical research into ME. The charity is currently funding possibly the two most important research projects for ME in the UK.
Currently the main hubs of research are at UEA/IFR in the Norwich Research Park and at UCL.

Advisory Board

The IIMER Advisory Board is made up of eminent reseachers who are helping the charity to form a credible and productive biomedical research strategy which will provide the best and qucikest route for possible treatments and curesfor this disease.

Research Funding

Invest in ME supports high quality, biomedical research into myalgic encephalomyelitis. We are open for applications for funding for such research and the charity welcomes applications for grants for projects of 6 months - 3 years duration.

Let's Do It For ME

Let's do it for ME! is a patient-driven campaign to raise awareness and vital funds for a UK centre of excellence for translational biomedical ME research, clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment for patients, training and information for healthcare staff, based around the Norwich Research Park in the UK and aiming to work collaboratively with international biomedical researchers.

Research Colloquiums

In addition to the International ME Conference the charity also organises an annual International Research Colloquium which attracts researchers from around the world in order to discuss experiences and open up collaborations in order to find answers fir this disease.

Centre of Excellence for ME

Translational biomedical research - an iterative feedback of information between the basic and clinical research domains in order to accelerate knowledge translation from lab to bedside and back to lab again - allows translation of findings in basic research more quickly and efficiently into medical practice to produce more meaningful health outcomes and facilitate the sharing of repositories and research-based facilities and laboratories. This is the model IiME are attempting to promote in the proposal for an examination and research facility based in Norwich.