Journal of IiMER Volume 10 Issue 1 June 2016 IIMEC11 PRESENTERS Professor Simon Carding Leader, Gut Health and Food Safety Programme Institute of Food Research, Norwich Research Park, UK Professor Simon Carding Professor of Mucosal Immunology at University of East Anglia and Institute of Food Research. Following his PhD at London he held postdoctoral positions at New York University School of Medicine, New York and at Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, USA. He then moved to the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, USA as Assistant and later Associate Professor. He joined University of Leeds as Professor of Molecular Immunology in the Institute of Molecular and Cellular Biology in 1999. His scientific interests are in understanding how the immune response in the gut functions and in particular, is able to distinguish between the commensal microbes that reside in the gut and environmental microbes that cause disease, and in the mechanisms by which the body's immune system no longer ignores or tolerates commensal gut bacteria and how this leads to immune system activation and inflammatory bowel disease. ABSTRACT: Despite excellent ME/CFS research being carried out in several centers and groups across Europe it remains fragmented and uncoordinated. With the support of the UK-based charity Invest in ME - Research EMERG has been established with the aim of developing a coordinated programme of European-based research to identify the underlying causes of ME/CFS and to develop more effective forms of treatment that can be supported by trans-national and national funders.

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