ME Research UK

Registered Charity Number SC036942

Total raised
£300.00 + £36.25 Gift Aid = £336.25
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About ME Research UK

ME Research UK exists solely to fund high-quality biomedical studies into the causes and treatment of ME/CFS. This illness affects approximately 200,000 people in the UK but is neither well understood nor, in many cases, properly recognised. We fund high quality, peer-reviewed research world-wide in many leading universities and institutions - a full list of our current and past research can be found on our website


It is widely acknowledged that ME/CFS has faced significant under-investment in biomedical research over many years, both in the UK and overseas. Within the UK specifically, for example, ME/CFS receives comparatively little funding compared to other neurological disorders. MS affects about 100,000 people compared to the 250,000 estimated to have ME/CFS but has received 20 times the funding.


Thanks to the support of fundraisers, ME Research UK has invested over £1.5 million in research projects world-wide but much more research is needed - this is why your help is so important to us.


Some key facts about ME/CFS

  • It is a real, often relapsing, debilitating illness, affecting up to 250,000 people in the UK, with similar rates of incidence in Europe, USA, New Zealand and Australia.
  • ME is recognised as a neurological illness by the World Health Organisation.
  • A report to the Chief Medical Officer of England in 2002 stated that ME/CFS “is a genuine illness and imposes a substantial burden on the health of the UK population. Improvement of health and social care for people affected by the condition is an urgent challenge.”
  • Studies have shown that most sufferers are unable to work to full capacity, and that 25% are severely disabled with some house/bed-bound.
  • Characteristic symptoms include muscle pain with physical and mental exhaustion following normal activities; quite different from what is normally experienced by healthy people.
  • ME/CFS has a huge impact on the lives of families and carers, but little, if any, support is available to them.
  • ME/CFS also affects children.
  • The cause is still unknown, and no cure or effective treatment has yet been found.


 

 



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