SMCI MeetME Travel Awards: from the U.K. to AustraliaMarch 20, 2018

SMCI is proud to have supported Fane Mensah (PhD candidate at University College London, Ramsay 2016 Team 2 member) with a meetME Travel Award to facilitate collaboration with Chris Armstrong, a metabolomics expert at the University of Melbourne in Australia. As part of their Ramsay Research Award supported project with Dr. Geraldine (Jo) Cambridge (University College London), the team is examining links between immune cell functioning and their metabolic capacities in myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) patients as compared to healthy controls. This cross-discipline work is a powerful integrative approach to address the complexity of ME/CFS. You can read the study abstract here and a midstream update from the team here.

Fane Mensah and Chris Armstrong on the University of Melbourne campus and in the lab working on their Ramsay-supported project “Metabolic analysis of B-cell maturation in Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”. This was an opportunity to advance ME/CFS research and exchange knowledge from immunology and metabolomics disciplines.
Chris Armstrong, a researcher at the University of Melbourne’s Bio21 Molecular Science and Biotechnology Institute and the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, has published research showing alterations in energy metabolism, as well as gut bacterial populations in individuals with ME/CFS
Fane Mensah, a PhD candidate in the Division of Medicine at UCL, works closely with Dr. Jo Cambridge (UCL) to further our understanding of immune system functioning in ME/CFS. In 2015, he published research on B-cell phenotypes in patients that was foundational for this Ramsay project on B-cell metabolism through maturation.

The meetME Travel Awards support the participation of junior scientists and underrepresented groups in targeted meetings, conferences, and collaborative ventures focused on myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Through this award program, SMCI advances the twin goals of collaborative research and increased participation from new investigators, women, and underrepresented minorities in the ME/CFS field. We are committed to attracting new researchers to the field. The meetME Awards enable qualified scientists to broaden their perspective and knowledge, grow their research networks, and shape the direction of ME/CFS research and treatment discovery.