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    Early Career Biomedical Researchers
    29th May, 2018 in London
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Research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME or ME/CFS) was recognised in 2015 by the USA Institutes of Medicine -

“It is clear from the evidence compiled by the committee that ME/CFS is a serious, chronic, complex, multisystem disease that frequently and dramatically limits the activities of affected patients.”

Despite the seriousness of this disease very little biomedical research has been funded or performed on ME for the last decades.

Yet over the past few years this situation has been gradually changing with more research beginning to get funding and more researchers becoming interested in the disease, mainly due to the work from organisations such as UK charity Invest in ME Research.

An international family of researchers working together has been facilitated by the Biomedical Research into ME Colloquiums held annually in London, UK.

This now needs to be expanded for the future.

Thinking the Future for ME

As part of the EMERG (European ME Research Group) concept - which aims to build a network of close European biomedical research collaboration to make rapid advances in research and funding for ME - we are introducing a new idea to

To ensure that a foundation of biomedical research into ME can be maintained and to encourage new ideas from new areas then we cannot rely just on the family of researchers that has been built up from all parts of the world. We need to draw in knowledge and expertise from other areas – as we have been doing for many years with our Colloquiums and international conferences.

Importantly, we also need to encourage new researchers – and young researchers.

London 29th May - Early Career Researchers for ME

Now in its eighth year we wish to introduce another level to the Biomedical Research into ME Colloquium to address these points.

In 2018 IiMER will be creating an additional event to encapsulate the need to bring in new faces and new ideas to the field of ME research - and initiate a network for new research talent.

This event will take place in London in ME Conference Week.

The event is free for accepted participants who join this network.

It is possible that some contribution to travel costs may be available (this will be determined on an individual basis).

BRMEC8 Colloquium

Agenda for the Meeting

The agenda will include presentations from young/early career researchers and others.

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Who Can Participate

An Early Careers Researcher is defined an individual who is within a few years of the award of their PhD or equivalent professional training, or their first academic appointment.

This event will be open to postgraduate students and postdocs involved in biomedical research, and also medical students with an interest in biomedical research into ME.

It will provide an international forum where research into ME can be discussed, ideas can be generated and a network built to allow opportunities for those young or early career researchers who are already involved in research into ME, or involved in another research area which may be of relevance to understanding ME.

All applications for participation will be considered by the committee responsible for planning the agenda, which will include existing young researchers.


Future Development

We foresee that questions or queries or ideas or anything else produced from the Thinking the Future forum would be input to a specific session in the Colloquium on the next day.

This will be an international event in keeping with the emphasis we have placed on international cooperation.

The early career researchers whom we are funding will be present - indeed, we are hopeful that the young and new researchers will assist in running this event.

We also wish to turn this into an international group with events being held elsewhere, and in other countries.

So we have contacted research groups and our friends in other like-minded charities and organisations who have the same objectives as us.

The Thinking the Future Forum will have the opportunity for developing this group of international, early career researchers which will, in turn, facilitate further international collaboration in research into ME and new ideas being formulated.

It will, importantly, also give more awareness of the exciting possibilities of researching this disease – for the betterment of patients and carers.

We welcome all support for this and hope that more early career researchers and research departments will begin to appreciate the interesting and challenging opportunities that exist for biomedical researchers entering this field.

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Thinking the Future News

News of the Thinking the Future event - click on the titles below.

The agenda has been updated with presentations from young/early career researchers from six countries.

View the agenda here

Here is a poster which is available to be distributed to universities and hospitals Thinking the Future 2018 for ME network which meets for the first time in London.

We are developing plans to create a grant for a project/projects developed by members of the Thinking the Future 2018 for ME network which meets for the first time in London.

The plan is to invite proposals from team members for a biomedical research project which could contribute to the charity's objectives and research strategy and which would enable two or more members to work together.
More details coming soon.

We are very pleased that Professor Angela Vincent and Professor Anne Cooke will be attending the Thinking the Future 2018 conference in London.

Professor Angela Vincent is Emeritus Professor of Neuroimmunology at University of Oxford.

Professor Anne Cooke is Emeritus Professor of Immunobiology in Department of Pathology at University of Cambridge.

We are very pleased that Professor Jonas Blomberg from University of Uppsala in Sweden is to chair the Thinking the Future 2018 conference in London.

Professor Blomberg is a respected researcher who has been attending every one of our Biomedical  Research intoME Colloquiums for the past eight years as well as the international ME conferences.

We already have interest and participation from five countries in this event. Young/early career researchers from Europe, USA and Australasia are participating and building this important network for biomedical researchers who are working in the field of ME research or a related area.

News of the main Colloquium are available via the link below.

view Colloquium news...

How to Apply

Use the contact form below to apply to participate and to provide details of your research and why you wish to participate.

All applications will be considered by the committee responsible for planning the agenda.

Apply to Participate in Thinking the Future

Please use the form here to submit an application to attend the Think the Future conference.

You can also use this form if you have any questions regarding the this event

All submissions will receive a response.

All applications will be considered by a committee responsible for planning the agenda.

Thank you for your interest in the Invest in ME Research.

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  • Address: Invest in ME Research, PO Box 561, Eastleigh, SO50 0GQ, Hampshire UK
  • Phone: 02380 643736 / 07759 349743
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