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ME Association Summary Report of the 2018 CMRC Research Conference | 08 October 2018

Wednesday 10 October 2018


From The ME Association:


CMRC Research Conference 2018

ME Association Summary Report of the 2018 CMRC Research Conference | 08 October 2018

Charlotte Stephens, ME Association.
8 October 2018
© ME Association 2018

The aim of the CFS/ME Research Collaborative (CMRC) is to promote the discovery of the biological mechanisms that underpin CFS/ME, which will drive the development of targeted treatments. The ME Association is an active board member of the CMRC.

Background: The CFS/ME Research Collaborative

The 5th annual CMRC conference was held in Bristol on the 19th and 20th of September.

There was a very high turnout, which included researchers from the UK and overseas, health professionals, academics, students, people with ME/CFS and carers.

It was two days full of interesting talks, exciting new findings and a general sense of passion for biomedical research.

There was also lots of stimulating discussion and networking taking place among the professionals, as well as a chance for people with ME/CFS and carers to give feedback during workshops and to ask questions of the researchers.

More insight: A recipient of one of the MEA medical student bursaries provides his impression of the CMRC research conference 2018.

The resounding feel from this conference was a much greater sense of focus and direction. There seemed to be a tacit agreement among researchers that there exist multiple subgroups within the ME/CFS cohort, each with different pathologies, and a need for them to be identified and separated – in order to create more targeted diagnosis and treatments.

There was a wonderful metaphor used, referring to the subgroups as “different types of elephants” – ME/CFS being the elephant in the room – and that what works for one group will not necessarily work for another.

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