From the Action for ME 2013 Research Conference & AGM Stephen Holgate was the keynote speaker and, as usual, was immensely interesting: He talked about how modern medicine handles simple diseaeses well, but: He goes on to argue that new technology's capabilities new affordability (the cost of sequencing the human genome has fallen from $23 million 20 years ago [edit: $3 billion!] to under $1,000 now) will help provide the solution. (read more about this A Dozen Different Diseases? Stephen Holgate Calls for Radical Change in ME/CFS Research). I do like the sound of particpatory. Last year AfME had Julia Newton as its key speaker, this year Stephen Holgate - both pursuing a biomedical research agenda, which I find very encouraging.