Update for CofE B-cell/Rituximab Research

Finding Facilitating Funding MAINSTREAMING Research into ME

Following another successful week of research meetings in London - with the International Biomedical Research into ME Colloquium 7 and the 12th International ME Conference IIMEC12 - we have good news of a new update to our B-cell/rituximab projects being funded at the UK Centre of Excellence for ME - which brings the total raised so far for projects to £513,000.

The supporters of Invest in ME Research continue to amaze and our powerful team carries on in the mission to change the landscape of research into ME, which will lead to a change in treatment and perception of this disease by media, the public and,importantly, within healthcare systems.

We are now funding future phases of the work to develop the Centre of Excellence for ME and the research being performed and planned, in collaboration with international biomedical researchers, will bring hope to all people with ME and their families.

As we prepare for the results from the Norwegian multi-centre phase III trial we wil prepare by collaborating with the team at Haukeland University Hospital in Bergen, Norway. A new visit by the Haukeland team is aimed for the autumn (the previous visit was in January).

A new advert for a Senior Research Associate to plan and develop the UK rituximab trial has been announced - see here.

We invite people and organisations to support us as we advance the development of the UK Centre of Excellence and as we build capacity for the biomedical research strategy that the charity has focused on for twelve years since its inception.

Ways to help us are shown in the column at the right of our page.

Our dedicated microsite for that project with more details is available here.

Our mascot, Professor Ldifme, was created by our supporters and indicates the B-cell/rituximab total - posters by LDIFME's Jan Laverick.

And the bear now has his own Instagram site with regular updates in his planning - https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/iimebear/

Our current funding targets and status are shown here -

Our Current Funding Streams

Please click on the progress circles below to see the options to contribute to these funds and donate if possible.

CofE for ME

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Invest in ME Research is an independent UK charity finding, funding and facilitating a strategy of biomedical research into Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME or ME/CFS), as defined by WHO-ICD-10-G93.3. and promoting better education about ME.

The charity is run by volunteers - patients or parents of children with ME - with no paid staff. Overheads are kept to a minimum to enable all funds raised to go to promoting education of, and funding for biomedical research into, ME.

The charity decided early on that biomedical research into ME was crucial in order to make progress in treating this disease. We also decided that education of healthcare staff, the media, government departments, patient groups and patients was to be a priority.

The charity's objectives are to initiate, maintain and augment a strategy of high-quality biomedical research into ME, to provide education about ME, and to raise awareness of the effects of the disease on patients and families.

We are a small charity but with a growing number of supporters who have big hearts - and a determination to get the best possible research to be carried out to find the cause of myalgic encephalomyelitis and develop treatments.

We have links nationwide and also internationally.

Invest in ME Research is a founder member of the European ME Alliance (EMEA), a collaboration of European national charities and organisations.

We do not receive and have never received funding from government or government organisations.

The charity organises an annual research Colloquium and conference regularly attracting delegates from over 15 countries and now funds research at IFR/UEA and UCL as well as influencing collaboration elsewhere.

Our conferences and colloquiums were organised from the beginning in order to provide a platform for research and a means of facilitating education about ME.

In order to bring the best education and research to bear on ME and to find and facilitate the best strategy of research into this disease the charity welcomes support for our work.