Invest in ME Research Finding, funding and facilitating biomedical research into ME

Invest in ME Research (IiMER) was set up with the objective of making a change in how ME was perceived and treated in the media, by health departments and by healthcare professionals. We concentrate on three key areas to concentrate our efforts on - funding for biomedical research, education and lobbying. Our aim is to find, fund and facilitate biomedical research into ME.

Invest in ME Research have been working to establish an international strategy of biomedical research into ME and a UK and European Centre of Excellence for biomedical research into ME.
Help us make ME an illness which is properly understood and where high-quality biomedical research into ME is performed allowing treatments and cures to be found.

Other Invest in ME Research Activity


IIMER are facilitating and funding a strategy of biomedical research into ME. The charity is currently funding important research projects for ME in the UK and Europe.
The main hub of research is in the Norwich Research Park with the Quadram Institute and University of East Anglia.
The charity is also supporting the development of fundamental research into ME in Europe by initiating collaborative projects and discussions.

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Centre of Excellence for ME

Translational biomedical research - an iterative feedback of information between the basic and clinical research domains in order to accelerate knowledge translation from lab to bedside and back to lab again - allows translation of findings in basic research more quickly and efficiently into medical practice to produce more meaningful health outcomes and facilitate the sharing of repositories and research-based facilities and laboratories. This is the model that we are proposing for a Centre of Excellence for ME in Norwich Research Park.

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European Collaboration

Invest in ME Research are one of the founder members of the European ME Alliance (EMEA) – a grouping of charities and patient organisations working together across Europe. Now fifteen countries collaborating. The charity also initiated the European ME Research Group (EMERG) and the European ME Clinicians Council (EMECC) in order to build collaborative research and clinical expertise in Europe.

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Let's Do It For ME

Let's do it for ME! is a patient-driven campaign to raise awareness and vital funds for a UK Centre of Excellence for translational biomedical research into ME, clinical assessment, diagnosis and treatment for patients, training and information for healthcare staff, which would be based in the Norwich Research Park in the UK and aiming to work collaboratively with international biomedical researchers.

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Research Colloquiums

In addition to the International ME Conference the charity also organises an annual International Research Colloquium which attracts researchers from around the world in order to discuss experiences and open up collaborations in order to find answers for this disease. By facilitating and initiating these links far quicker progress can be made in finding the cause of this disease.

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International Contacts

The international research Colloquiums and public conferences organised by the charity have spawned multiple collaborations. For ME we needed to do science differently. Despite limited resources the charity has facilitated new directions in research and enabled barriers to be been broken down between different areas of science, bringing together biomedical research from different disciplines.

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