The UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative (CMRC) Conference Reports – September 2014

We are very grateful to Action for ME for giving the ME Trust permission to publish details of the conference reports.

FIRST INSTALMENT: Welcome by Prof Stephen Holgate, CMRC Chair and Plenary session one on inflammation, including: (pdf link on ME Association)

  • Anne Faulkner Lecture: The neuroimmune basis of fatigue by Prof Robert Dantzer, University of Texas Anderson Cancer Centre
  • Interferon-alpha rapidly changes brain microstructure by Dr Neil Harrison, University of Sussex
  • Interferon-alpha induced persistent fatigue by Alice Russell, Kings College London
  • Blood cytokine concentrations in CFS: a systematic review by Dr Lisa Blundell, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry
  • Resveratrol treatment on TNF-α-induced cytokine release by Kate Earl, University of Liverpool

SECOND INSTALMENT: Associate Member/patient and researcher session, including: (pdf link on ME Association)

  • Working together for more and better research that benefits people with CFS/ME, a workshop facilitated by Sally Crowe
  • Panel discussion for researchers and Associate Members, chaired by Prof Stephen Holgate, CMRC Chair

THIRD INSTALMENT: Plenary session two on MRC-funded CFS/ME research, including: (pdf link on ME Association)

  • Understanding the pathogenesis of autonomic dysfunction in chronic fatigue syndrome and its relationship with cognitive impairment by Dr Stuart Watson (for Prof Julia Newton), Newcastle University
  • Biological fingerprints of fatigue by Prof Wan-Fai Ng, Newcastle University
  • Inflammation and fatigue: is it different from depression? by Prof Carmine Pariante, King’s College London
  • Sleep and CFS/ME by Dr Sue Wilson (for Prof David Nutt), Imperial College London
  • Mitochondrial function and cytokine production in skeletal muscle of patients with CFS/ME by Prof Anne McArdle, University of Liverpool
  • The epidemiology of CFS/ME in adolescence by Dr Esther Crawley, University of Bristol
  • PACE: a trial & tribulations by Prof Peter White, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry

Plenary session three on infection, including

FOURTH INSTALMENT: Acute infection & post-infective fatigue as a model for CFS (pdf link on ME Association) by Prof Andrew Lloyd, University of New South Wales

FIFTH INSTALMENT: * Microbiology & immunology of CFS/ME and other challenging disorders (pdf link on ME Association) by Prof Ian Lipkin, Columbia University

SIXTH INSTALMENT: Plenary session four on pain, paediatric CFS/ME and epidemiology, including: (pdf link on ME Association)

  • Understanding pain mechanism in children and adolescents by Prof Maria Fitzgerald, University College London
  • The epidemiology of adolescent CFS and chronic widespread pain by Prof Jon Tobias, University of Bristol
  • Recovery and persistence from CFS/ME in adolescents by Dr Roberto Nuevo, University of Bristol

SEVENTH INSTALMENT Closing presentations, including: (pdf link on ME Association)

  • Workshop feedback, chaired by Prof Stephen Holgate, CMRC Chair
  • Taking collaboration forward: next steps by Prof Stephen Holgate, CMRC Chair
  • End of conference summary by Prof Hugh Perry, University of Southampton

 

We are very grateful to Action for ME for giving the ME Trust permission to publish details of the conference reports.

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