IIMEC11 - 3rd June 201611 years of researchers, clinicians and patients interacting

Welcome to London for the IIMEC11 International ME Conference for 2016.

Invest in ME Research 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.
IIMEC11 is the eleventh annual CPD-accredited biomedical research conference organised and hosted by the charity and now attracts presenters, researchers, physicians, patient groups and journalists 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.

Below one will find a description of the conference, how to register, the venue and details of the presenters.

Research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis has 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.

The IIMEC11 conference will show some of the major initiatives and research taking place to set up a collaborative strategy for biomedical research into ME to make progress in understanding and treating this complex but exciting area of research.


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IIMEC11: Overview


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IIMEC11 OVERVIEW

This annual international, CPD accredited research conference provides a platform for the latest and most promising biomedical research into ME. IIMEC11 will be the eleventh conference and has attracted researchers, clinicians, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, healthcare professionals and patient groups twenty 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.

Our conference logo reflects the ethos of the charity in initiating and facilitating a collaborative approach of international biomedical research into this disease.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

The IIMEC11 conference will appeal to researchers, consultants, doctors, nurses, paediatricians, occupational therapists, ME support groups and those working in social services and educational support.

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.
Organisations responsible for medical research in several countries have already stated that ME should receive more urgent attention.

In Norway the Norwegian Health Directorate have allocated funding for biomedical research into ME following the 2010 double blind randomised clinical trial using Rituximab to successfully treat ME patients.

A follow up large scale phase III multicentre trial is now underway
The success of the Haukeland Phase II Rituximab Clinical Trial is encouraging and validates IiMER’s strategy of initiating and funding the UK Rituximab clinical trial project and the supporting and developing B-cell research studies.

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.

REGISTRATION

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 1st March 2016. 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.

All Invest in ME (Research) conferences have carried maximum CPD accreditation and IIMEC11 will also have applied for CPD accreditation. A CPD certificate will be issued to professionals paying the professional ticket rate.

CONFERENCE AGENDA

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 Research is proud to be part of the new developments.

VENUE

The venue for the conference is Institution of Civil Engineers, One Great George Street, Westminster, London, England SW1P 3AA Set in a magnificent Grade II listed, four-domed, Edwardian building the conference centre is very close to the Houses of Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and St James’s Park.

The conference takes place in a purpose-built lecture theatre

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SPONSORED PROFESSIONALS

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

Invest in ME Research (transitioning from Invest in ME) is an independent UK charity initiating a strategy of biomedical research to establish an understanding of the Aetiology, Pathogenesis and Epidemiology of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).

We have links nationwide and also internationally. Invest in ME are one of the founding members of The European ME Alliance.

Invest in ME Research 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.
Currently the charity is funding possibly the two most important research projects for ME in the UK.

OUR SPONSORS

As a small charity we welcome sponsorship. The conference 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.

The Biomedical Research into ME Colloquiums bring 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.

The recently formed European ME Research Group (EMERG) will also convene for a meeting in London.


Conference Agenda

 

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

Please contact charity.


Registration

Submission of a completed registration to Invest In ME/Invest in ME Research (via one of the options above), will register the application for one ticket covering the attendance day at the event entitled "The 11th International Invest in ME Research Conference 2016". 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/Invest in ME Research 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. IiMER 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.

Cancellation

No refunds will be considered for no-shows. Refunds will be considered if written notice is received by 12th March 2016. 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/Invest in ME Research is informed and if Invest in ME /Invest in ME Research agrees to the substitution at least two weeks prior to the event. Invest in ME /Invest in ME Research 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.

Disclaimer

The views expressed at the 11th Invest in ME Research International ME Conference 2016 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 IiMER. IiMER 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 2016 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 /Invest in ME Research 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 /Invest in ME Research 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

Venue

The venue for the conference is One Great George Street, London, England SW1P 3AA Perfectly situated between the graceful 18th century houses of Queen Anne's Gate to the east, and the Wellington Barracks to the west,One Great George Street is surrounded by notable landmarks including Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.

Lecture Theatre

The Telford Theatre, on the first floor of this Westminster venue, is a fabulous purpose-built conference and lecture space with fixed racked seating. At the front is an ornate stage of dark wood panels which also surround the room. The stage has a speaker’s lectern to one side and a top table for up to seven people. The lectern and top table each have in-built monitors and microphones.

There is a domed roof containing glass believed to have been salvaged from the Institution’s former building (pre-1900). This dome, as well as being a striking feature, also creates a feeling of space and light in the room. The cornices are embellished with carved plaster where the names of many eminent Engineers are featured.

The Telford Theatre is ideal for large conferences, presentations, lectures seminars, product launches, press conferences, AGMs and screenings.

The lecture theatre is named after Thomas Telford who many consider to be the father of engineering and was the Institution of Civil Engineer’s first president. His notable works include the design of the Ellesmere Canal, the Menai Suspension Bridge and St Katherine’s Dock.

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.

Refreshment Area

On the first floor is the most impressive and largest function space within the building. The Great Hall a conference room of over 370 square meters and over 13 meters in height is adorned with marbled columned walls, ornate gold leaf and embellished plaster. An oak floor complements a stunning painted ceiling and two large crystal chandeliers at either end of the event room. There are seven floor-to-ceiling windows along the West wall letting in a lot of natural daylight.

The room was conceived as part of the building’s initial plans in 1904. The Civil Engineers wanted to create a large hall similar to the grand meeting rooms found at the Inns of Court in the City and to be comparable to impressive rooms such as Lincoln’s Inn. The painted ceiling and chandeliers were donated by a former president of the Institution of Civil Engineers as a reminder of the role the Institution and its members played during the First World War.

Many notable and historic special events take place in the Great Hall these include: the signing of the charter establishing UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) in 1945 and His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh sat in the room to take his Royal Navy examinations. Feature films including, Bridget Jones: Edge of Reason in 2004 and Starter for 10 in 2006 filmed scenes within the four walls. More recently the Great Hall has been used as a communications room for international journalists when the venue housed the London Media Centre for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. By way of providing a unique backdrop during recent London fashion weeks the following fashion houses showcased their seasonal collections here; L’Wren Scott 2013, Alice Temperly 2012, and Antonio Berardi 2010.

Location

By London Underground

Both Westminster (Exit 6) on the District, Circle and Jubilee lines, and St James's Park on the District and Circle lines, are just 5 minutes walk away. For more information, visit the Transport for London website.

Walking Directions from Westminster Underground (exit 6)

When you arrive at the top of the stairs you will be on Whitehall. Turn around (as if you were to walk back down the stairs) you are now facing Parliament Square. Walk around to the right onto Great George Street until you come to two sets of traffic lights. Cross over both and continue walking straight down Great George Street for about 1 minute. One Great George Street is the last building on the corner of Great George Street and Storey's Gate. The building is also the home of the Institution of Civil Engineers.

By Rail

London's mainline stations at Waterloo, Victoria and Charing Cross are minutes away by foot or by Underground. For further information visit the National Rail website.

By Bus

Numerous bus routes pass within a 1-2 minute walk of One Great George Street. Bus routes stopping near Parliament Square include: 3, 11, 12, 24, 53, 87, 88, 148, 159, 211 and 453. For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By Bicycle

Local bicycle information can be found on the Westminster City Council website. The nearest TFL bike hire docking station is located just opposite the building on Storey's Gate. Click on the Cycle for hire website and type in our post code SW1P 3AA. If your bike folds our cloak room can hold approximately 5 bikes at one time.

GPS co-ordinates

Main entrance – 51 30.0822 N and 0 07.7500 W and Princes Mews – 51 30.0420 N and 0 07.7185 W

By Car

The nearest car parks provided by Q-Park are located in Abingdon Street and on the south side of Trafalgar Square. Limited meter parking is also available in and around adjacent streets.

Disabled Parking

The nearest Blue Badge disabled parking bay is located on Matthew Parker Street (drive down Storey's Gate to the west of the venue and take the second right). Alternatively, a little further away, there are bays on Old Queen Street and Queen Anne's Gate. These Blue Badge bays offer free parking for up to 4 hours between 08.30 and 18.30 Mon-Fri and unlimited parking at any other time. Please see Westminster Council's website for further information.

Congestion Charge

One Great George Street lies within the charging area. For more information, including charges, visit the Transport for London website.

By River

A River Bus Service runs every 20 minutes during peak time from Embankment to Woolwich Arsenal; the nearest pier to us is the London Eye.

Hotels

If you need a hotel during your stay in London then contact 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 IIMEC11 conference also when dealing with London Town.


Sponsoring the Conference Events

Invest in ME is run by volunteers and all work is carried out for free. The charity does not receive government funding or huge donations from big institutions to run the conference.
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 from companies, organisations, support groups and individuals to make the International ME Conferences a success.

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


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IIMEC11 Sponsorship

This will be the eleventh Invest in ME International ME conference and it has an international reputation as an event which can drive forward porgress in this area which will benefit patients and healthcare organsations.
The events regularly attract delegates from almost twenty countries around the world and are able to generate positive publicity for an organisation.

The new venue chosen for 2016 will also enhance possibilities for display and communication - right in the heart of London.
Sponsorship opportunities include full representation for an organisation at the pre-conference dinner at which researchers, clinicians and patient group representatives from around the world are present and possibility for a presentation to the guests.
These options allow an organisation to be associated with an established and respected series of events in London which provides a platform for the latest research into ME. It provides access to an audience of researchers, clinicians, doctors, nurses, occupational therapists, healthcare professionals and patient groups from up to twenty countries from around the world.

Our Sponsorship Brochure


Our conference logo reflects the ethos of the charity in initiating and facilitating a collaborative approach of international biomedical research into this disease.

Sponsor 6th Biomedical Research into ME Colloquium

The BRMEC* Colloquiums are two-day events which bring together researchers and clinicians from countries around the world.
The intent is to make progress in research into ME via collaboration, sharing, discussion and creation of new initiatives.
As such the charity considers this a key event in the week's proceedings.

By sponsoring this event - which includes a dinner for all delegates and two full days of discussions - one is progressing the research into this disease.

There is the possibilty for exhibition tables and publicity materials and networking with deleagtes at BRMEC6.

Sponsor the IIMEC11 Pre-Conference Dinner

The annual pre-conference dinner invites guests to the conference events to a three-course dinner overlooking the River Thames for an evening of informal discussion, networking and relaxation for healthcare staff, patient delegates and, we hope, even media representatives.
The pre-conference dinners always have a keynote speech.

The pre-conference sponsor will also be given an opening presentation slot to welcome guests and introduce themselves and their organisation.
The pre-conference dinner will open with welcome drinks and is set in a large, light area whcih allows promotion of the sponsoring organisation.

Sponsor IIMEC11 - the 11th International ME Conference 2016

The conference takes place in a purpose-built lecture theatre

By sponsoring the IIMEC11 conference the sponsor will be on all conference material, on welcome slides, and will have access to exhibition tables in the Great Hall - where refreshments and discussion areas are available.
Two places for all conference lectures will be provided to the sponsor.

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.

All Invest in ME (Research) conferences have carried maximum CPD accreditation and IIMEC11 will also have applied for CPD accreditation.

Delegate Material

The charity provides a conference pack for all delegates to IIMEC11.
A sponsoring organisation may have sole or partial provision to include information in this pack. More details from Invest in ME Research.

Exhibition Tables

A great opportunity for networking and publicity and awareness awaits sponsors at the IIMEC11 conference.
Situated in the Great Hall the exhibition tables allow an elegant and direct way of discussing with healthcare staff, patient groups and carers. See details of the venue here.

Inserts in Delegate Packs

All delegates receive a delegate pack containing information from the charity. Inserts into this pack can be made available as a sponsoring opportuinity. Please note this option is available at the discretion of the charity's trustees.

Adverts in Journal

We publish our Journal of IiMER - a mix of news, research, events and opinion and this is included in the conference pack for each delegate - and later published on our website and distributed to thousands of subscribers to our newsletter. Half or full page adverts are possible. 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 market to attendees.

CONFERENCE EVENTS

The charity also organises and hosts an international research meeting prior to the conference.
The Biomedical Research into ME Colloquiums bring 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.

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

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.


The IIMEC11 Sponsors

Invest in ME wish to thank the following organisations for helping to sponsor the 11th Invest in ME International ME Conference 2016.






PAST INVEST in ME INTERNATIONAL ME CONFERENCES

The education of healthcare staff 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 knowledgebase regarding ME/CFS.

The conferences provide 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.


Comments About Invest in ME Conferences

Invest in ME Research Projects

Possibly the two most important research projects for ME in the UK
Both initiated and funded by Invest in ME Research and our supporters

Other Invest in ME Research Activity

Research

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.



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