Journal of IiMER Volume 13 Issue 1 Invest in ME Research “The development of this new centre, together with the other expertise and facilities located at the Norwich Research Park, puts it in a very good position to lead a UK and European Centre of Excellence for biomedical research for M.E. to provide possible prevention and solutions.” - Journal of IiME Conference Abstract 2015 between UK, European and US researchers and institutes. All of this has been achieved without any government support. A sustainable Centre of Excellence for ME that can build on these foundations is now an entirely attainable objective - harnessing the benefits of As can be seen from the Quadram Institute web site ME is already firmly embedded as one of their “research targets” - facilitated by the groundwork performed already by the charity and its supporters. The head of Quadram has spoken twice at the Invest in ME Research International ME Conference and there is a major group performing research with international collaboration taking place - encouraged and facilitated by the charity. The collaboration with other UK and European researchers and institutes will create greater publicity and funding opportunities. In the last year the charity has not been idle. A number of proposals and requests are being looked at and several new ideas are being developed. We hope to be able to support an initial clinical fellowship in the research park soon. International collaboration between researchers is underway thanks to the initiatives facilitated by the charity and researchers. The funds raised by the charity have allowed a research group to be firmly established in the Quadram Institute that will allow clinical trials to be carried out in a state-of-the-art setting. Invest in ME Research has, since establishing this proposal, raised in excess of £900,000 for biomedical research into ME – mainly over the last 5 years. This has enabled new researchers to enter the field and firm collaborative links to be established Invest in ME Research (Charity Nr. 1153730) collaborative international biomedical research in modern facilities with world-class researchers. We aim to continue to support development of this world-class ME research centre based in Norwich Research Park that can form a hub of European research and treatment for this disease and produce a pathway to produce huge benefits for the nation and across the world. This will continue to influence other researchers and institutes in their perception of ME and provide a pathway for career development in researching this disease. This, itself, will allow new ideas to be formed in researching and treating the disease. The foundations are therefore already in place to advance science and provide the promise of better treatment and possible restoration of function and lives back to a section of the community who have received very little help in the past. We welcome all support to enable us to complete this project. investinme.org Page 10 of 52

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