IiMER International Conference Week London 2019


 

Invest in ME Research has announced dates for events taking place in London for their International Conference Week in May 2019 on biomedical research into ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis).

The second Thinking the Future conference for young or early career researchers will be on 28th May 2019.

The ninth Biomedical Research into ME Colloquium (BRMEC9) will take place over two days 29th-30th May 2019.

The above are privately held meetings for researchers from around the world to be able to discuss or share work in progress and plan future collaborations.

The fourteenth International ME Conference (IIMEC14) will be on 31st May 2019 and is open to anyone to attend by pre-paid ticket only (not at the door or on the day). A great opportunity for patients well enough to go in person, family, carers, medical and healthcare professionals, political representatives, journalists etc.

IiMER will post more details in due course of next year’s events on their conference/colloquium website, where you can also find details of past events, the Conference Reports, Journal of IiMER and the Conference DVDs, which are accredited by the Royal Colleges so that doctors may gain professional development credits for watching.

The 2018 IIMEC13 Conference DVD is available to buy at this link: http://investinme.eu/IIMEC13.shtml#dvd

Here is the IIMEC13 presentation by Professor Ron Davis of Stanford.


 

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IIMEC13 DVD Out Now

Invest in ME Research have begun distribution of the IIMEC13 DVD.

The DVD set includes full presentations at the charity’s 13th international biomedical research conference held in Westminster, London in June 2018, plus the pre-conference evening dinner speech this year by Carol Head, President of the USA organisation Solve ME/CFS Initiative. Prevous pre-conference dinner speakers from across the pond include Hillary Johnson, Linda Tannenbaum, David Tuller. DVDs of past conferences are also available.

David Meachen at DJM Digital has performed another excellent job in professionally authoring these conference DVDs which may be used to obtain points for continual professional development. David has been working with the charity since the first conference in 2006 to produce the best possible record of these CPD-accredited conferences. The DVDs are heavily subsidised by the charity in order to make them available to as many patients, patient groups, carers and researchers, healthcare, media and politicians as possible.

IIMEC13 marks 13 years of commitment to biomedical research into ME by Invest in ME Research. A remarkable achievement, level of commitment and perseverance by a small group of patients and carers, ably supported by scientists and clinicians working to the same high professional standards.

“Invest in ME has been able to increase awareness and disseminate knowledge to scientists, clinicians, and patients within the ME community. With limited resources, but unlimited creativity and imagination, these patients and their supporters have showed the world what can be done. They are an inspiration for the world.” Dr. Leonard A. Jason and Zachary A. Siegel.

The 2018 conference attracted delegates from twenty different countries – from Europe, North America, Japan and Australasia.

The conference day was preceded by the 8th Invest in ME Research International Biomedical Research into ME Colloquium – a two day closed researchers’ meeting with almost 100 eminent researchers invited to attend from fourteen countries. Through the multiple international collaborations the charity has formed there was an incredibly positive atmosphere beginning with the BRMEC8 Colloquium and continuing through the IIMEC13 Conference days.

The charity added an extra event this year, a day for young or early career biomedical researchers, called Thinking The Future. Dr. Vicky Whittemore announced at the conference that NIH would follow suit.

Organisations assiting Invest in ME Research in sponsoring IIMEC13 were Solve ME/CFS Initiative, RME Sverige, Norges ME Forening, Irish ME Trust.

Solve ME/CFS Initiative also supported Katya Lavine, Stanford ME/CFS Initiative researcher, with an SMCI MeetME Travel Award to attend the events. Katya’s excellent account of the events is here and she concluded,

“I am even more excited about the momentum of this community, the groundbreaking research on the horizon, and the brilliant minds devoting their lives to this disease. Solving M.E. is more than an issue of science. It is an issue of justice. Moving forward humbly in my own work on M.E., I am grateful for my time at IIME and for the passionate international community I have the chance to work alongside.”

The IIMEC13 conference showed the major initiatives and research taking place to continue an international collaborative strategy for biomedical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis which Invest in ME Research has been championing since after the 2007 #IIMEC2 conference.

The presentation by Professor Theoharis Theoharides was preceded by a moving tribute to the late Anne Örtegren, outstanding advocate, great friend to Invest in ME Research and staunch supporter of the Let’s Do It for ME campaign.

Just a few weeks before her death Anne wrote,

“I’ve followed LDIFME for all these years and you do an amazing job!

I also feel very strongly about IiMER and am just in awe of what everyone involved have accomplished. Where would we be without them/you?”

On a personal note to regular followers of our blog and supporters of our campaign to help raise awareness and funds for the Invest in ME Research Centre of Excellence for ME, it is obviously terribly hard to lose our friends and fellow supporters, and we hope you are ok.

Every time we are knocked down by another loss, we have no choice as a team but to get back up again and keep going until we have the medical tests and treatments that we need, not only to honour the lives lost, but for future generations and of course, in the hope that we may regain our own lives.

So we are back on the road to reaching the next £200k of our £1,000,000 target to support next phases of the biomedical research programme of the Invest in ME Research Centre of Excellence for ME. If you’d like to be more involved in supporting our campaign please contact us or the charity directly. Whether you’ve been with us over the past seven years since we launched our campaign or are newly aboard, we sincerely thank you for your suppport.

The agenda pictured below shows the IIMEC13 speakers and topics. Professor Simon Carding was unable to attend, so Fiona Newberry and Katharine Seton spoke on his behalf and that of fellow PhD candidate Shen-Yuan Hsieh.

You can find the full agenda and conference reports on the IiMER Conference website and a report by Dr. Rosamund Vallings & Dr. Sarah Dalziel here.

IIMEC13 gallery and comments by delegates here.

The Journal of IiMER is here.

Order the DVD here.

If possible, perhaps buy a copy for your doctor or MP or let them know this is available? Your doctor can obtain CPD points for watching and your MP can be better informed in preparation for a full parliamentary debate on ME research and treatment in the House of Commons, which Carol Monaghan MP is pressing for. See our summary of the 3-hour Westminster Hall debate in June here and our blog about writing to your MP here. The book by former MP and Chair of IIMEC13, Dr. Ian Gibson and his friend Elaine Sherriffs is available on Amazon, search ‘Science, Politics and ME’ and raise an extra donation to Invest in ME Research at no extra cost to you by buying via Amazon Smile or this referral link.

We end with a selection of tweets of the Invest in ME Research Conference events, starting with AA hero Scott apparently saving the day!

We have never been to the conference ourselves, by the way, as we are mostly long-term house or bedbound by ME, so we very much appreciate supporters able to be there in person and keeping us involved on Facebook or Twitter #IIMEC13 #BRMEC8 #ThinkingTheFuture2018 including ever-so-modest IIMER Bear, who debuted at last year’s conference, Emma Joy whose husband Adam has since cycled from London to Paris in 22 hours fundraising for IiME Research, Mike Harley flying the flag and Nancy Van Hoylandt brandishing the umbrella for the European ME Alliance and European Federation of Neurological Associations.

Thanks so much to everyone supporting Invest in ME Research.

Let’s keep doing it for ME.

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