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Project information

Intercalating Medical Students in ME Research

This fund will attract and fund medical students to participate in biomedical research into myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) in projects being funded by the charity. It will also be used to assist medical students in attending research meetings to improve their knowledge of ME and network with others

January 2016 - December 2020

Charity information: Invest in ME Research

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  • Need


    Medical students often learn very little about the disease myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) or are taught using out-of-date or flawed research. This means that students leave medical training ill-prepared for understanding or treating ME. By participating in the actual biomedical research or attending research meetings 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, patients.


    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 4th 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.
    They may also network with others at meetings

  • 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.

    What success will look like

    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 facilitating medical students interacting with their peers and researchers at conferences and meetings organised by the charity they learn more

    What success will look like

    By status reports from the research project and project supervisor description of the enhancements to the project and the achievements made. From reports following the meetings

  • Impact


    Better education for medical students 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.
    More support for medical students from each other based in increased knowledge about ME.


    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 international conferences that are organised by the charity.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £65,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £50,000 Research Involvement Fee for bursary for two students intercalating per year for five years
      £15,000 Conference and Meeting Fees Fees for multiplestudents to attend early career research meetings and conferences over 5 years
  • Background


    Research largely based at Norwich Research Park - but supporting medical students in attending conferences and meetings would be open to locations in UK


    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/Quadram Institute.
    We have already funded 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/Quadram Professor Supervising Intercating Student

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

    Students 2 Per Year For Research And Multiple Students Attending Conferences

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

    Charity Trustee

    Organising conferences and facilitating students being involved in research.

UEA/IFR & UCL medical students at IIMEC10

UEA/IFR & UCL medical students at IIMEC10