NCNED Participates in BRMEC7/IIMEC12

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Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik / Professor Don Staines


Invest in ME Research is pleased to welcome back Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik and Professor Don Staines to participate in the #BRMEC7 colloquium and #IIMEC12 conference.

It is a long way from Australia to London but we are very proud that old friends Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik and Professor Don Staines will be coming to London for the 2017 events.
Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik

An Invest in ME Research International Conference would not be the same without a representative from Australia's National Centre for Neuroimmunology and Emerging Diseases (NCNED).

As the theme of IIMEC12 is Centres of Excellence - and at a time where IiMER are establishing the UK Centre of Excellence for ME - then it is very fitting that one of the two first Centres of Excellence for ME ever created is represented at #IIMEC12.

NCNED is a world class research facility focusing on the etiology and pathomechanisms of ME.

The research at NCNED is focused on identifying biomarkers of ME for translation into the clinical environment.
Professor Don Staines

Specific areas of focus are:

  • Natural Killer (NK) cell cytotoxicity and signalling dynamics
  • T- and B-cell phenotypes profiles and cytokine production
  • Genomic and proteomic profiling and gene expression
  • Epidemiological analysis and current diagnosis criteria

The team at NCNED have performed a prodigious amount of research over the last years since their new facility at Griffith University was opened. Look at the list of publications from NCNED at this link.

Australian patients have suffered in a similar way to those in UK with with apathetic or misguided policies towards ME and a lack of adequate funding to research this disease.

Last year Senator Scott Ludlam took up the cause and addressed the Senate Estimates committee in the Australian Parliament – and mentioned the work of NCNED during his session

More details here

Senator Ludham visited NCNED on 12th February 2016 to see for himself the work that NCNED was carrying out. He was sufficiently impressed to continue his investigations in time for the next session of Senate Estimates.

We look forward to hearing more news of the work at NCNED and hopefully important developments in Australia

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