Friday, 2 October 2009

The European Society for ME

European Society for ME -

Set up earlier this year, the Mission of European Society for ME states:

"Our mission is to create a Think Tank where top scientists from relevant fields can discuss current ME knowledge in order to determine the most crucial direction of future research, and to provide a reliable source of cutting-edge ME information that ESME will incorporate in the education of medical professionals."

Statement from ESME -

More Biomedical Research Needed

"ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) is a physical disease. It is not a product of the patients’ imagination and is not a psychological problem. Funds have been used for research into the hypothetical psychiatric nature of the disease at the expense of biomedical research. Future research needs to be interdisciplinary and focused on the causes, early diagnosis and treatment of ME/CFS.

"The British National Health Service has published NICE guidelines for this disorder which, according to ESME, are not helpful and might even induce relapse in some cases.

"ESME will encourage research leading to the accumulation of new knowledge and to a better understanding of the disease, and will endeavour to raise funding for biomedical research in, and education about, ME/CFS."

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