The 2016 Annual General Meeting of the UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative (CMRC) will be livestreamed on Wednesday 27 April, from 2.45 pm to 3.30 pm British Summer Time. Viewers must preregister.
The agenda of the AGM is as follows:
- Welcome and apologies
- Annual report 2014-15
- Charter revisions/approval
- Plans for 2015-16
- Membership of the Board
- Any other business
The CMRC was set up in 2013 to provide a mechanism for ME/CFS charities, researchers and clinicians to work together, especially to attract new funding to the field. The organisation’s launch proved controversial because the Collaborative included not only biomedical scientists but members of the biopsychosocial school of psychiatry responsible for studies such as the PACE trial.
However, its conferences have proved to have a substantial biomedical focus and the CMRC recently launched its Grand Challenge — a biomedical project consisting of a national UK ME/CFS genomics study planned to include more than 10,000 biological samples. The group has also started to attract new scientists to the field, including the internationally known epidemiologist Professor George Davey Smith.
Further information about the CMRC and its upcoming activities, including the 2016 conference and the Grand Challenge, can be found here.