European ME Research Group
EMERG Creating a new vision of research into ME in Europe
EMERG was formed in 2015 from an initiative by UK charity Invest in ME Research. EMERG was intended to create a vision of collaborative research to increase biomedical research into myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). It brought together the foremost European ME researchers, and others, in order to establish an understanding of the Aetiology, Pathogenesis and Epidemiology of ME.
Who is Involved
The major European countries who conduct biomedical research into ME were invited to the inaugural meeting of EMERG. EMERG would work with the European ME patient groups within the European ME Alliance (EMEA) to provide a powerful combination of campaigning, raising of awareness, building new research and accumulation of data based on collaboration and sharing of experiences and knowledge, which would allow rapid progress in the building up a strategy of high-quality research into ME. By collaborating across Europe we can harness the best talents from the best institutions.
With increasing research evidence of immune dysfunction in ME patients then now is the time to form a European collaboration of top researchers to solve this disease. This group provides an opportunity to make huge and rapid progress in ME research.
Collaborations are already underway due to the preliminary EMERG meetings. Our hope is that this chance can be seized by all Eorupean biomedical researchers to enable a rapid pathway to finding cause(s) and treatment(s) for ME.
For a long time it has been the objective of UK charity Invest in ME Research to forge international collaborations between researchers.
IiMER is a member of the European ME Alliance (EMEA) and EMEA has joined the European Federation of Neurological Associations in order to promote ME in Europe .
With our EMEA colleagues we have also had discussions on forming a European Advisory Board which would allow EMEA to discuss, initiate and fund biomedical research into ME. This has led to further development of the idea.
During the Invest in ME Research BRMEC5 meeting in May 2015  discussions with European researchers were conducted about the future of ME research and how better to coordinate and link together research activity in several European countries.
Based upon these conversations there appears to be overwhelming support and enthusiasm from the group of researchers whom IiMER/EMEA have brought together to work cooperatively and more effectively.
Forming a group or consortium of European researchers represents a very progressive step in not only helping to establish new collaborations and cement on-going ones but also in developing new research ideas and priorities and bidding for funds that would allow us to work together on joint projects.
This is the genesis of EMERG! The European ME Research Group
Facilitated also by our supportive MPs IiMER convened the inaugural meeting in London to bring this together in the hope that rapid and lasting progress can be made in the research, treatment and cure for myalgic encephalomyelitis.
In January 2016 Professor Simon Carding and Dr Uldi Berkis from Latvia met in Norwich Research Park to discuss future planning.
EMERG also met prior to the BRMEC6 Colloquium in London in May 2016.
The charity continues to pomote European collaboration between researchers. The emergence of the EMERG concept could prove to be a critical developments in research into ME in Europe over the last decade.
|EMEA Joins European Federation of Neurological Associations
|Biomedical Research into ME Colloquium 5
June 2016: Professor Simon Carding on European Collaboration at #IIMEC11
A presentation of the possibilities with the EMERG group which could help make rapid progress in research into ME and initiate multiple European collaborative projects.Read More
Comments on EMERG
A selection of the comments which have been recieved about EMERG.
This is very exciting! , I believe this move will jump Europe well to the lead in tackling the unanswered questions about ME.
The establishment of EMERG is very good news.
Congratulations on the good work - a step forward for all ME sufferers
Congratulations and very best wishes for European collaboration in ME
exciting developments with EMERG. This collaboration promises to bring together many of the best researchers in Europe and to consolidate research findings and funding opportunities. Certainly the critical mass this will bring to ME research in Europe will be formidable. Congratulations
We and our members are glad to hear of this research development and the desire ’to work more cooperatively and effectively’.
The formation of EMERG is indeed great news