Journal of IiMER Volume 10 Issue 1 Welcome from the June 2016 about this disease and to biomedical research which is the only way that the cause of ME will ultimately be found. A decade of commitment to research, education and awareness has finally succeeded in opening up new areas of research. Chairman IIMEC11: 11 YEARS A NEW DECADE OF RESEARCH In 2015 Invest in ME arranged its TENTH international ME conference - an event bringing together many of the world's most renowned scientists and researchers to London to meet with healthcare professionals and patients. In May of 2016 the charity reached its 10th year anniversary as a charity. By necessity Invest in ME (Research) have had to create and take opportunities in order to make progress. Ten years ago Invest in ME was formed to make a change in how Myalgic Encephalomyelitis was perceived and treated in the media, by health departments and by healthcare professionals, and to educate, publicise and lobby regarding ME and the urgent requirement for public funding for biomedical research. A decade of biomedical research conferences achieved - all underlining the charity's commitment to education After ten years as a charity there are good signs of real progress and, with enough support, we can make this permanent. A strategy of high-quality biomedical research has broken the mould of the past and a new decade now brings new and possibly decisive projects which will finally overturn the barren landscape of ME research which had been allowed to exist for too long. Ten years ago the ME research landscape was different - no platform for regularly showcasing or encouraging biomedical research - no funding and no recognition of the need to fund biomedical research into this disease. Yet now real progress is underway – thanks to the last ten years of effort by IiME’s supporters which has forced real change. These have been the foundations upon which we can build a sensible policy toward research into ME. The charity has two major high-quality research projects underway – probably the two most important research projects for the future of ME research in the UK - and is building a foundation for translational biomedical research into ME – a Centre of Excellence for ME. Invest in ME (Charity Nr. 1114035) www.investinme.org Page 4 of 77

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