It’s shocking that research funding for M.E. is still well below the level we see for other illnesses. It still feels as though some people do not see M.E. as a debilitating, serious illness – something we all know is very much the case.
We need more M.E. research funding
Earlier this year, Action for M.E. CEO Sonya Chowdhury co-authored
a report which provided hard evidence of the chronic lack of research funding for M.E./CFS from major funding agencies.
The report provided solid evidence to use with funders by clearly
demonstrating that funding for M.E./CFS research is very sparse in relation to comparable conditions.
We need to inspire new researchers
Alongside more funding, we need better quality research that has
the potential to lead to better treatment and better diagnosis. We also need to bring ‘new blood’ into the M.E. research field. We can only do this by inspiring top level researchers, as well as students in their early stage careers, to bring their skills and energy to work towards improving the lives of people with M.E.
Over the next five years Action for M.E. will invest in change to help drive forward essential research to improve our understanding of the causes of M.E. With your support, we will fund the Clare Francis Research Fellowship working with a leading university. We will also fund PhD or post-doctoral students to work on biomedical research projects, learning from the best researchers the UK has to offer.
We need more collaboration in research
We will enhance collaboration to advance M.E. research by playing an active role in the exciting M.E./CFS Epidemiology and Genomics Alliance (also known as MEGA) to seek funding for a big data study. We want to collect and analyse samples from 10,000 adults and 2,000 children to better understand the biology of M.E.
This valuable data will be available for other researchers to use for future studies over many years, increasing the momentum of M.E. research.
We need your support
A gift from you today will ensure we can invest in more research
to advance our understanding of the causes of M.E., develop better treatments and improve the lives of people with M.E.
Together, we can stop M.E. stealing lives.