STATEMENT FROM ESME – EUROPEAN SOCIETY FOR ME
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.
Stavanger, Norway, June 13, 2009
Launch Meeting ESME
PD Dr. Liv Bode
Prof. Dr. Med. Kenny De Meirleir
Dr. Med. Derek Enlander
Dr. Med. Ana Garcia Quintana
Prof. Dr. Hanns Ludwig
Prof. Dr. Med. Mária J. Molnár
Prof. Dr. Bodil Norrild
Prof. Dr. Med. Ola Didrik Saugstad
Prof. Dr. Med. Babill Stray-Pedersen
Prof. Dr. Med. Umberto Tirelli