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M.E. Research and Practice conference at Hove Town Hall 7 October 2014 Slides from Sonya Chowdhury and Mary Jane Willows’ presentations, part two. UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative. “To promote the highest quality of basic and applied evidenced based and peer reviewed research in to CFS/ME”

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Uk cfs me research collaborative

M.E. Research and Practice conference at Hove Town Hall7 October 2014Slides from Sonya Chowdhury and Mary Jane Willows’ presentations, part two


Uk cfs me research collaborative

UK CFS/ME Research Collaborative

  • “To promote the highest quality of basic and applied evidenced based and peer reviewed research in to CFS/ME”

  • National strategy

  • Collaborate

  • Stimulate

  • Facilitate

  • Promote

  • Profile-raising

  • The GRAND challenge


Uk cf me research collaborative conference 2014

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UK CF/ME Research Collaborative Conference 2014

  • AYME’s role:

  • honoured to be a member of the Collaborative see it as vital in energising and moving forward research in the field – especially attracting new researchers

  • represent children and young people and ensure their voices are heard at every level

  • heighten the profile of those most severely affected in research priorities


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UK CF/ME Research Collaborative Conference 2014

  • Sally Crowe (Crowe Associates), a facilitator known to and respected by many of us for her previous work with ME/CFS Charities, worked closely with AfME’s patient reference group and Sonya Chowdhury, CEO to prepare for a unique workshop:

  • ‘Working together for more and better research that benefits people with CFS/ME’

  • What made this session unique was that Sally worked for the afternoon with a mixed group of approaching 80 people made up of:

  • people with ME

  • carers

  • clinicians

  • researchers.


Objectives of workshop

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Objectives of workshop

  • consider current opportunities for participation in research, and where patients and carers have made a difference

  • identify specific ways that the CFS/ME community can contribute meaningfully to CFS/ME research projects (e.g. clinical trials)

  • identify what the CFS/ME community can contribute overall to CFS/ME research

  • produce a report of comments, ideas and discussion points for the CMRC to consider .


Working together for more and better research that benefits people with cfs me

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‘Working together for more and better research that benefits people with CFS/ME’

Session One:

General discussion session, in self selected groups (with the research cycle used as a structure, where needed):

1. Identifying research topics/questions

2. Prioritising

3.Commissioning

4. Designing research

5. Managing research

6. Undertaking research

7. Analysing and interpreting results

8.Disseminating

9. Evaluating

10.Reviewing

11. What the gaps are? - developing consensus, lobbying for new research.


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‘Working together for more and better research that benefits people with CFS/ME’

Session two: (focus on solutions and ideas):

Delegates decided which discussions topics they wanted to participate in

recruitment to studies

getting the right research plan (protocol)

moving ahead on research priorities

sharing (dissemination) of research results

building research collaborations.


3 moving ahead on research priorities

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3. Moving Ahead on Research Priorities

  • Key question:

  • How can the CFS/ME community advocate and lobby for research priorities (where they have been developed) to become funded studies?

  • Atmosphere of openness and willingness to share

  • Debate/discussion was respectful and engaging

  • All points of view were heard and respected

  • Showed enthusiasm of all present to work collaboratively to move agenda forward

  • Two groups discussing this topic came up with 14 separate bullet points for Collaborative to take forward


Research what next

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Research - What next:

“Don’t forget, for the Collaborative ,this isn’t the end of the meeting: this is the beginning of the journey.”

Prof Steven Holgate

AYME parent member, Mark, shared his thoughts of the event:

"The mixture of people attending the conference was amazing. There were parents like me there, as well as doctors, researchers, psychologists, people who had significant experience of ME/CFS, and people who were not so familiar with it but wanted to know more. A huge benefit of this collaboration was the scope for everyone attending to make a real difference.”


Thank you to clare ogden for producing the online report

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Thank You to Clare Ogden for producing the online report

www.actionforme.org.uk


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