Don't be fooled by the Infectious Diseases stuff, this guy, and the Liverpool Clinic, are pure psycho-social school. I started a thread on Liverpool here a while ago, http://tinyurl.com/4cyo4da that drivel was being handed out under Milller (though he didn't write it). http://www.afme.org.uk/news.asp?newsid=826&dm_i=1HO,4O8X,31IE1,EIR1,1 New Principal Medical Adviser 07 May 2010 Dr Alastair Miller joins Action for M.E. Action for M.E. is very pleased to announce Dr Alastair Miller's appointment as the charity's new Principal Medical Adviser, replacing Professor Tony Pinching, who has become a Patron of Action for M.E. Dr Miller, a physician trained in infectious disease and general medicine, is currently an Infectious Disease Consultant at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital. Writing in the latest copy of InterAction, the charity's magazine, this weekend, Dr Miller says: "I became interested in M.E./CFS as a senior registrar in Birmingham in 1984 when my Professor used to admit many patients with M.E./CFS to the wards for further assessment. "In London the following year I saw many cases in the outpatient clinics and so when I became a Consultant in the Navy I regularly saw patients with this condition. "When I became a Consultant in the West Midlands, I was already establishing a multi disciplinary team to care for patients when the core Department of Health funding became available and therefore we were one of the early teams to become established (in Worcestershire). "As a result of this experience I was asked to establish a diagnostic clinic in Hereford. During this part of my career, I regularly gave talks and seminars on M.E./CFS to GPs and other interested health care professionals. I also spoke at several local M.E. group meetings. "In 2005 I moved from Worcestershire to Liverpool and became an Infectious Disease Consultant at The Royal Liverpool University Hospital. This was to replace the infectious disease role played by my predecessor Dr Fred Nye who had already established a highly regarded CFS service on Merseyside. He was on the Collaborative Network of Clinical Champions (CNCC) for CFS and also on the NICE guidelines writing committee. I worked alongside him in the CFS service for two years until he retired fully in 2007. I became the Clinical Lead for CFS services in 2006. "I now lead a service that has three consultant physicians (all trained in General Medicine and Infectious Disease) working in the diagnostic clinic and a team of clinical psychologists, specialist nurses and occupational therapists working in the therapy services. We see and assess 10 new referrals each week from which about 60% go on into therapy services. I continue to teach colleagues about M.E./CFS at every opportunity and have ensured that the condition is included in the new proposed curriculum for Infectious Disease Training. "Our unit is actively involved in research. We had a poster presentation on epidemiology and clinical features at the last national conference and hope to participate in the proposed Genome Wide Association Study. I am on the executive of the newly formed specialist society for M.E./CFS (BACME) and am a scrutineer for the PACE trial. "My personal view is that M.E./CFS is probably caused by a number of different stimuli: genetic, environmental, infective, immunological, etc. It is likely that there is more than one syndrome involved and phenotyping M.E./CFS will become increasingly important. "The current methods of management are imperfect but they are currently all we have and I regard one of my roles to be persuading people with M.E. not to waste money on unproven and potentially toxic treatments. "I am committed to enhancing the patient experience of those afflicted with M.E./CFS by the triple strategy of delivering an excellent clinical service, facilitating good quality scientific research into the condition and supporting education and training for all clinicians involved in the management of this complex and challenging condition." Action for M.E.'s Chief Executive, Sir Peter Spencer, says: "We are very fortunate to have Dr Miller as our new Principal Medical Adviser. This vital post is unpaid but carries considerable responsibilities for providing balanced expert advice to our staff and Trustees in a particularly difficult area of medicine. I very much look forward to working with Alastair. "It is also timely to put on record my profound gratitude for the fantastic support Action for M.E. received for so many years from Alastair's predecessor - Professor Pinching. I was but one of the many who benefitted greatly from his expert tuition, wise counsel and patient encouragement." View Dr Miller's cv http://www.afme.org.uk/res/img/resources/Dr Alistair Miller - CV.pdf .