Meet Mady Hornig at Norwich Research Park

Do you have a keen interest in world-leading translational biomedical research into one of the least understood and most misunderstood diseases?  Can you visit Norwich on the evening of 23rd October?  Then here is a great opportunity!  This meeting is open to doctors and other healthcare professionals, scientists, students, patients/carers, friends, and anyone interested in the latest news of research into myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Contact Invest in ME.

Invest in ME (Research) have arranged for the Director of Translational Research in the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York, USA, Dr. Mady Hornig, to attend a meeting at world-renowned Norwich Research Park on 23rd October to support the charity’s efforts in continuing to build on the current foundations of biomedical research into ME.  The charity aims to establish a centre of excellence for ME, in collaboration with researchers leading in their respective fields nationally and internationally.

In February and March of this year, Dr. Hornig and colleagues published two high profile papers reporting robust biological evidence of ME that received widespread publicity.  Dr. Hornig gave an excellent presentation at IIMEC10 – the 10th Invest in ME Conference in London in May, following full participation in BRMEC5 – the 5th Invest in ME Biomedical Researchers into ME Colloquium. Professor Ian Charles, returning from Australia as Director of the Institute of Food Research at Norwich Research Park, gave the keynote speech at IIMEC10.

Speakers included Professor Simon Carding, Leader of the Gut Health and Food Safety Programme at the Institute of Food Research, and leading the foundation study of the Invest in ME Research Strategy on the role of the gut microbiome in ME.  The IIMEC10 presentations are summarised by Dr. Rosamund Vallings in the Conference Report (pdf) and are on the DVD, which carries CDP accreditation.

Mady Hornig and Simon Carding and their respective colleagues at CII and IFR also bravely took on the heat of the Chilli M.E. Challenge for biomedical ME research!  As patients with long-term and severe ME, we feel extraordinarily fortunate to have such highly esteemed doctors and scientists dedicated to finding answers, diagnostic tests and medical treatment options for this complex and often devastating chronic illness, and willing to join in with the spirit of our campaign – having fun to help raise awareness and research funds for a very serious cause.

The October meeting will include a questions and answer session.  Dr. Ian Gibson will open the meeting, and the charity hopes to supplement the agenda with other speakers.  The meeting will take place in the Lecture Theatre of the University of East of Anglia’s (UEA) newest, Britain’s greenest, and one of the most sustainable buildings in Europe.   A small charge (£3.50) is made for refreshments and to confirm numbers.  Please use the payment option on Invest in ME website to book your ticket(s) for this event.  For those not able or wishing to use PayPal (PayPal account not required) then please contact Invest in ME via email at