Invest in ME (IiME) have announced that Dr Vicky Whittemore of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) will give keynote speeches at the charity’s biomedical research colloquium and conference in London in early June. IiME described the events as “a fantastic gathering of researchers”.
The charity had approached the NIH in order to invite representatives in relation to the NIH’s in-depth intramural study on ME/CFS, and said they were “very pleased” that Dr Whittemore would attend.
The research colloquium on 1 and 2 June is an invitation-only workshop for active and potential ME/CFS researchers. It will include 26 presentations in sessions on patient stratification, sample standardisation, biomarkers, systems biology, novel treatments, and medical education.
The conference on 3 June is open to all, including patients. In addition to Dr Whittemore, the speakers include Professors Ron Davis, Mady Hornig, James Baraniuk, Carmen Scheibenbogen, Simon Carding, Maureen Hanson, Tom Wileman, Olli Polo, and Elisa Oltra, and Drs Jo Cambridge and Don Staines.
The topics covered include autoantibodies, the gut virome, clinical diagnosis, immunoregulation, pathogen discovery, molecular biomarkers, the European ME Research Group, the Severely Ill cohort, and the NIH’s research into ME/CFS.
It is expected that a recording of the conference will be available on DVD shortly after the event.
A year ago, we were proud to announce that #MEAction and Mayo Clinic Rochester had won a grant for diagnostic improvement, with Ravindra Ganesh, and Stephanie Grach, and I on the grant as co-investigators. Our project, Improving Diagnostic Accuracy of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Through Implementation of an Enhanced Education Protocol and Care Process Model