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International Research into ME


Top researchers from around the world are participating in the 8th International Biomedical Research into ME Colloquium in London in May.

We are enormously pleased to announce that the Dr Vicky Whittemore from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is again presenting at the International Biomedical Research into ME Colloquium and the International ME Conference events

This will be the third year running that the NIH will be attending the Colloquium and Conference. .

Dr Whittemore opened the 11th International ME Conference in 2016 , the 12th International ME Conference in 2017 , the 6th Biomedical Research Colloquium (#BRMEC6). and the 7th Biomedical Research Colloquium (#BRMEC7)

As a charity that is funding and facilitating a strategy of high-quality biomedical research into ME we continue to do all we can to assist in facilitating good and sensible research which will build on our other strategic goal of international collaboration in biomedical research.

So we are very pleased that Dr. Whittemore has again accepted our invitation to be present at these important events.

Dr. Whittemore is a Program Director in the Synapses, Channels and Neural Circuits Cluster. Her interest is in understanding the underlying mechanisms of the epilepsies including the study of genetic and animal models of the epilepsies.

Dr Whittemore is the NIH representative to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Advisory Committee.

The NIH has been considering additional ways to support ME/CFS research in the extramural research community. NIH The basis of the new NIH initiative was "that manifestations of the disorder cut across the science interests of multiple NIH institutes and centers, so a trans-NIH working group was needed to assist that plan." Along with NINDS Director Walter J. Koroshetz, M.D., Dr Whittemore chaired the Working Group.

One goal of the group was to explore how new technologies might shed light on what causes ME/CFS.

The Working Group included representation from 23 NIH institutes, centers and offices.

Last year the NIH awarded four grants to establish a coordinated scientific research effort on ME (click here).


With most of the experienced researchers present from USA, Europe and Australasia, and with additional expertise being brought in from outside the field of ME, then BRMEC8 offers a unique opportunity to move forward - Working Together.

The conference events regularly attract delegates (researchers, clinicians, media, patient groups, patients, carers, politicians) from twenty countries.
A unique set of events that are both friendly and conducive for learning and networking.

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