Journal of IiMER Volume 10 Issue 1 June 2016 10YEARs studies for undertaking epidemiological research on CFS/ME in the UK. In 2006 Invest in ME was formed as a charity by patients and carers of children with ME. There were no funds let alone paid staff but lots of passion to put things right due to too much emphasis having been put on psychosocial paradigms following on from the 2002 CMO report. The MRC annual report from 2002/03 stated “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME (CFS/ME): following the publication of a Report of the Chief Medical Officer’s Independent Working Group in January 2002, and at the request of the DoH in England, the MRC convened an independent CFS/ME Research Advisory Group to develop a broad strategy for advancing biomedical and health services research on CFS/ME. The research strategy was published on 1 May 2003, when the MRC issued a highlight notice welcoming research proposals (investigator-initiated) covering the spectrum of research into CFS/ME. In addition, the MRC will investigate usefulness of existing longitudinal The MRC’s Council agreed the funding of two clinical trials of treatments for CFS/ME in March 2003. A trial led by Dr Alison Wearden (University of Manchester) will evaluate pragmatic rehabilitation, a nurse-led self-help intervention in the treatment of CFS patients in primary care, against supportive listening or treatment as usual. Dr Peter White (St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London) will undertake a randomised controlled trial of cognitive behaviour therapy, graded exercise therapy, and adaptive pacing against usual medical care for patients with CFS. This latter study is funded in partnership with the DoH, the Department of Work and Pensions, and the Chief Scientist’s Office of the Scottish Executive.” Since the CMO’s report of 2002 the debacle over the disastrous PACE Trial is the clearest illustration of the failure and the negligence shown by those who have been responsible for funding ME research. Much of the charity’s early and continued work was concerned with Invest in ME (Charity Nr. 1114035) www.investinme.org Page 10 of 77

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