Our first Invest in ME International ME Conference - held in May 2006 - IIMEC1 - took place on 12th May 2006 in London, less than a month after Invest in ME was registered as a UK charity, and only five months after planning began for the conference.
The theme for IIMEC1 was Initiating ME Research.
We welcomed international researchers and clinicians discussing current and research into ME.
The conference was CPD-accredited and provided a chance to hear the latest news on ME from the most prominent speakers within the ME community - on ME Awareness Day, in ME Awareness Month 2006.
Invest in ME Research hoped that this conference would highlight the need for publicly funded biomedical research which would lead to treatment and a cure for this devastating illness - an illness which was 5 times more common in the UK than HIV/AIDS.
The conference was aimed at beginning the process to attract clinicians, researchers, healthcare staff, charities, support groups and patients and carers to participate in research discussions and allow unique networking opportunities and increase the potential for one of the charity's main objectives - international collaboration between researchers.
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IIMEC1 in Journal of Clinical Pathology
The presentations from the International ME Conference in London during May 2006 have now been adapted and published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.