ME/CFS: Frontiers in research, clinical practice and public perception


Wednesday 18 March 2015

Half Day

Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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about this event

This afternoon meeting  will focus on the various medical opinions surrounding ME/ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.

We would like to thank the Wellcome Trust for their support of this meeting.

Please note that this meeting is open to RSM Members only.


Delegates will have a rare opportunity to learn about ME/CFS from a clinical, scientific and political perspective. They will be exposed to some of the contested ideas that have shaped the direction of research and services and come to a more holistic understanding of the illness and its social context.


Delegates will learn about:

  • Controversies regarding the aetiology of ME/CFS and  the possible consequences of this for management and research.
  • The clinical impact of the illness and its management in the context of child and adolescent services
  • New directions in clinical research aimed at understanding and treating the illness
  • The political aspects of ME/CFSin the UK


2.00 pm


2.30 pm

Welcome and introduction

Dr Fiona Godlee, Editor, BMJ

Session one

2.35 pm

Theories and controversies in ME/CFS

Dr Charles Shepherd, Honorary Medical Adviser, ME Association

3.00 pm

ME/CFS: Clinical and patient realities

Ms Anna Gregorowski, Nurse Consultant, Great Ormond Street Hospital

3.25 pm

Tea and coffee break

Session two

3.40 pm

Frontiers in ME/CFS research

Dr Luis Nacul, Clinical Senior Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

4.05 pm

The politics of ME/CFS

Countess of Mar, Independent Crossbench Peer, House of Lords

4.15 pm

Current models of care – do they work?

Dr Gabrielle Murphy, Clinical Lead for ME/CFS Service, Department of Infection and Immunology, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

4.40 pm

ME/CFS: What we know, what we think we know and what we don’t know

Dr Alistair Santhouse, Consultant Psychiatrist, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

5.05 pm

Panel discussion

5.35 pm

Closing remarks

Dr Andrew Papanikitas, President, Open Section, Royal Society of Medicine

5.40 pm

Completion of evaluation forms and close of meeting

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For information on this event, contact Carly BelchakTel: 020 7290 2984 Fax: 020 7290 2989 Email: arrow