The 6th Invest in ME

International ME/CFS Conference 2011

The Way Forward for ME - A Case for Clinical Trials


This will be the sixth annual Invest in ME international biomedical conference on ME/CFS.

The conference will be held on 20th May 2011 in Westminster, London and builds on the successful biomedical research conferences organised by Invest in ME in previous years.

As in previous years Invest in ME aim to raise awareness of the neurological illness myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME/CFS). This conference will highlight the need for a national strategy for biomedical research which will lead to treatment and a cure for this devastating illness - an illness which is 5 times more common in the UK than HIV/AIDS - yet which has had comparatively little funding spent on biomedical research.

Our 2008 conference in London focused on Sub Grouping and Treatments and showed indisputable proof from leading ME/CFS 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/CFS research which had been created by awareness of the XMRV retrovirus.

With the discovery of the xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus (XMRV) retrovirus in patients with ME/CFS by the Whittemore-Peterson Institute, the US National Cancer Institute and the Cleveland Clinic of Ohio in 2009 we publicised this major breakthrough in the understanding and treatment of ME/CFS and in the implications in ME/CFS in our 2010 conference.

For 2011 the way forward must be to focus on translational biomedical research into ME/CFS and this means initiating clinical trials using homogeneous patient cohorts and correct clinical guidelines.

Therefore our 2011 conference slogan is -

The Way Forward - A Case for Clinical Trials

and the theme is

The Need for Guidelines, Treatments and Clinical Trials  for ME/CFS

The education of healthcare staff about ME/CFS now needs to break with the past and reflect the new found knowledge about the pathogenesis of ME/CFS which high quality biomedical research is providing.

The conference will be oriented toward providing healthcare staff and others with knowledge of the latest research and the biomarkers which allow appropriate treatments to be prescribed.

However, apart from a knowledge of the biomedical research which is ongoing it is necessary for healthcare staff to be aware of the multiple symptoms exhibited by ME patients and of the possible treatments available.

Research data and experiences of  treating ME/CFS will be presented as will  findings from the latest biomedical research. The time is right for moving ahead with new findings and embarking on clinical trials to enable rapid progress to be made with discovery of effective treatments.

The presenters at the conference represent the world's most current ME/CFS knowledgebase regarding ME/CFS.

The conference provides information and opportunities which are not available via the internet. One of the most important aspects at previous IiME conferences has been the creation or resumption of the unique networking opportunities available with some of the most renowned experts on ME/CFS in the world.

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Who should attend?

The conference will appeal to healthcare professionals, doctors, nurses, paediatricians, occupational therapists, researchers, ME/CFS support groups, people with ME/CFS 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/CFS and of the current status of diagnosis, treatment and current/future biomedical research possibilities.

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Conference Registration

Registration will begin from 08.00 on 20th May 2011.

Morning and afternoon refreshments, and a hot lunch will be included in the conference price.

A small quiet room adjacent to the lecture theatre will be available for some who may wish to rest.

The refreshment are available as rest areas during the conference presentations. During lunch and breaks the lecture theatre should also provide a quiet area to sit and relax.

Please note this conference is a TICKET-ONLY event - tickets must be purchased prior to the event.

Our conference registration page will be open shortly.

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Conference Venue

The conference venue is at One Birdcage Walk in the heart of Westminster, London. The conference will be held in the magnificent Lecture Theatre of One Birdcage Walk.

The conference will make the day an opportunity to network with other healthcare professionals and patient groups/charities.

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Invest in ME welcome sponsors for the 6th International ME/CFS Conference.

Please contact us here at the International ME/CFS Conference Email address.

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Last Updated: 06/11/2010