I'm trying to find out whether the MRC has ever funded biomedical research into ME/CFS. I've had a look, but could see no posting. Currently the MRC has put ME/CFS as a priority research area, with Stephen Holgate as chair of the MRC CFS/ME Expert Group. Recently Annette Brooke MP, led an adjournment debate in the house of commons, where she ask the Health Minister Gillian Merron about this very issue. Health Minister's statement on MRC & funding. http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/cm200910/cmhansrd/cm100223/debtext/100223-0023.htm Although the Minister indicates that funding has been given for this particular area, she fails to mention which area she means. ME/CFS or biomedical research into ME/CFS? Looking at the MRC Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis web page, they list the following completed and current studies. http://www.mrc.ac.uk/Ourresearch/ResearchInitiatives/CFSME/index.htm#P49_3252 The only study I can see which may involve biomedical research is the one at Queen Mary College, University of London. General and specific risk markers & preventive factors for chronic fatigue and irritable bowel syndromes. After digging a little, I found the following: http://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&q=cache:Vc5X4DViAXYJ:www.pacetrial.org/docs/participantsnewsletter3.pdf+Dr+C+Clark+risk+markers+cfs+me+pace&hl=en&gl=uk&pid=bl&srcid=ADGEEShbrJvkgY50M0Hb023hmrIMhMuo7QtqW3C7_GWdjfWnDDUki3lQGe0ctl58riHUrKpAqY1Yyrnqb9nyXv0Gdk3rmkfHfzZkEOBVGzBww55MKJgwtPKXH8X7q8gdZPKZVLLF95jK&sig=AHIEtbTiVQMA1SAxws8_qGneo1OxsWABtw and this from the Centre for Psychiatry. http://www.wolfson.qmul.ac.uk/psychiatry/research/pr/ This section caught my eye. Does anyone have further information on this study? Is it in any way a biomedical research study? I'm going to assume for now that it won't be, and end with the following. I am aware that the APPG on ME will be taking a closer look at the MRC, but for now government Health minister are willing to, at best mislead a member of parliament, at worst lie to them. It will be interesting to see what the new Government does with question of this nature in the future. I think I will try to get my local MP to find out, get them to ask a direct question, what biomedical research has the MRC funded into ME/CFS?