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Invest in ME (IiME) is organising and funding a UK clinical treatment trial of rituximab by the best possible team for the job, led by Dr. Jo Cambridge at University College London (UCL), with world renowned expert Professor Jonathan Edwards in the role of Advisor to the charity. The initial £350k target was raised by IiME supporters from June 2013 to August 2014. THANK YOU! This included £50k to fund a preliminary study on B cells to identify likely responders to this treatment: prerequisite to the trial and a useful study in its own right. We now need to help IiME to raise a further £100k due to the promising early results from the B cell study, so the target on this page is now £450k. We can do it!

Rituximab is an immune modulating drug, which helped 67% of ME patients who took part in research in Norway to such a remarkable extent that the Norwegian Health Directorate apologised for the way ME patients have previously been treated. Even better results have now been found in a follow-up study, with higher doses giving a more prolonged effect. The Phase III multi-centre trial has begun in Norway in 2014, thanks to a successful fundraising campaign run by patients.  

This work needs to be validated in other countries and we thank you for your donations and sponsorship to help raise funds for the IiME/UCL UK trial. Donations go to a special IiME Rituximab Research Fund, separate from the general IIME Biomedical Research Fund, which is being used for other biomedical research projects. IiME is run by volunteers. There are no salaries and no funds will be used for charity admin.  All donations will be used in full to finance the Rituximab research. For text donations, text the code RTUX66 followed by the amount, to 70070.  We will keep you updated with progress and news about the fundraising and the trial. Find out more at: http://www.ukrituximabtrial.org/

Let's do it for ME is an awareness and fundraising campaign run by people with myalgic encephalomyelitis in support of the work of Invest in ME.  Find out more at: http://ldifme.org or email us at: fundraising4me@gmail.com 

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.

So please dig deep and donate now - thank you for your support. 

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May is ME Awareness Month. Thanks for all sponsorship & donations in response to supporters heroic awareness & fundraising efforts such as a great blog about research funding by John Mackay & Sophie Tennent's campaign (pictured in the gallery with the one and only Robbie Fowler).

15/05/15 04:43

£375k now raised, thanks to your sponsorship and including a generous anonymous donation of £1000 from Northern Ireland adding to the offline total raised on this page. Best wishes to everyone for the Easter Holiday Weekend and thanks so much for supporting this vital research.

04/04/15 01:21

At 82% of target. The total raised since patients launched the Let's Do It for ME campaign in support of IIME Charity Bomedical Research Funds has now topped £500k! Every penny goes on their research for diagnostic tests & treatments for this chronic disease. THANK YOU sponsors!

01/03/15 10:56

We see in the New Year with 81% of the target raised, courtesy of another generous (this time offline) donation of £1000 by FM-CFS Canada. HUGE THANKS & HAPPY NEW YEAR to all sponsors world-wide of this sorely-needed research for tests & treatments for myalgic encephalomyelitis.

01/01/15 06:14

80% of new target now raised for this vital IIME/UCL UK clinical treatment trial and related research projects on the role of the immune system and autoimmunity in this neurological disease. THANKS ALL SPONSORS for this precious gift of hope! Please share - ukrituximabtrial.org

22/11/14 10:07

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Invest in ME has as its objectives to change how myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) is perceived and treated in the press, by health departments and by healthcare professionals. We aim to do this by raising funding for biomedical research and improving education about the disease.

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Donation by Anonymous on 21/05/15

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Great blog John, it has been eye opening and I am so sorry to hear that you have this illness. Sending all my best wishes for your speedy recovery. xx

Donation by Inga Dowds on 19/05/15

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Just read your very moving blog, John. It's helped me understand ME much better and I want to help the fight to find a cure. Wishing you health & strength.

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Fantastic blog! Positives vibes to you! 🙏 Well done! 👍

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Donation by Anonymous on 17/05/15

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Well done for doing this blog! All the very best John.

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Great blog John! Lets hope for a cure!!

Donation by Eilidh Dane on 14/05/15

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Hope you can benefit from the research soon!

Donation by laura and gav on 13/05/15

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Really sorry to hear the news mate.sstay positive

Donation by Anonymous on 13/05/15

I hope they find a cure soon.....fantastic blog...well done John :-)

Donation by Nicola Forbes on 13/05/15

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Wow, eye opening blog John! ❤️

Donation by Abby Campbell on 13/05/15

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KEEP GOING SKIPPER SAAAAN. WHAT A WARRIOR!!!! X

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Donation summary

  • * Online donations£15,684.21
  • Offline donations£365,218.79
  • Text donations£771.00
  • Total raised£381,674.00
  • Gift Aid£2,594.13

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