Project information

Intercalating Medical Students in ME Research

This will attract and fund two fourth year medical students to participate in biomedical research into the neurological disease myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) in projects being funded by the charity.

December 2015 - September 2016

Charity information: Invest in ME Research

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  • Need


    Medical students often learn very little about the disease myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). What they do learn is out-of-date and based on a page that is based on flawed research. This means that students leave medical training ill-prepared for understanding or treating ME. By participating in the actual biomedical research they not only learn far more about the disease but are also given the potential to find treatment or cause. This helps the student, the university and, ultimately, patient


    The students will be attached to one of the projects being funded by the charity. They will be supervised by professors involved in the research and learn about the disease as well as perform vital roles in the research itself. this may also involve seeing patients.
    By intercalating in their fourth year they gain valuable insights into the disease as well as returning to their studies with more confidence and ability to educate other students about ME.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To educate medical students about ME and understand patients' experiences.


    » By being closely involved in the project and being supervised by experienced researchers they will gain valuable knowledge about the disease.

    Reports back from the students,their supervisors and university appearing in the charity's newsletter, Journal and participating in the charity's annual research conference/meeting

    Aim 2

    To increase and enhance the research into ME being undertaken


    » By having students actively involved in the research we are able to perform more research or extend existing research due to the additional resources

    By status reports from the research project and project supervisor description of the enhancements to the project and the achievements made

  • Impact


    Better education for medical students (those funded by Big Give and their peers.
    Better treatment of patients with ME.
    Better outcomes for research.
    Increased research possibilities.
    Possible increased interest in more researchers entering this field for their careers.


    A risk that the intercalating year will mean extra work for the students therefore affecting their studies.
    To avoid this the supervising research leads will interview the candidates beforehand and ensure they are suited to this intercalating year.


    Via status updates, newsletter, Journal articles and reports at the annual conference organised by the charity.Also via DVD of the conference which is available later.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £10,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,000 Student 1 Fee for bursary for the intercalating year
      £5,000 Student 2 Fee for bursary for the intercalating year
  • Background


    Based at Norwich Research Park


    Medical students
    ME Patients
    Carers and families of people with ME
    Research teams
    The Public

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The charity has already initiated high-quality research projects for ME at UCL and UEA/IFR.
    We have already funded two such intercalating students and these have been hugely successful.
    The students have added to the research and helped increase education amongst other medical students and produced interest from others to participate in research into ME.
    This aligns with the charity's objectives. We also strive to help patients/public benefit from increased understanding about the disease

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    UEA/IFR Professor Supervising Intercating Student

    Manages and supervises the time spent on the project during the period of study

    Students 1 And 2

    Benefit from more exposure to high-quality state-of-the-art research into ME. Increased understanding of this enigmatic neurological disease.


    By having more medical studetns interested in the research then patients will receive better qualified doctors and healthcare staff

UEA/IFR & UCL medical students at IIMEC10

UEA/IFR & UCL medical students at IIMEC10