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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Volume 495: debated on Tuesday 7 July 2009

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills pursuant to the answer of 26 June 2009, Official Report, columns 1198-99W, on chronic fatigue syndrome, who the members of the panel of experts are; and how often it has (a) met and (b) reported on its findings. (283743)

The membership of the expert group set up by the Medical Research Council is as follows:

Professor Jill Belch (Chair)—University of Dundee,

Professor Stephen Holgate—University of Southampton,

Dr. Esther Crawley—University of Bristol,

Professor Philip Cowen—University of Oxford,

Professor Malcolm Jackson—University of Liverpool,

Dr. Jonathan Kerr—St George's University of London,

Professor Ian Kimber—University of Manchester,

Professor Hugh Perry—University of Southampton,

Dr. Derek Pheby—National CFS/ME Observatory,

Professor Anthony Pinching—Pennisula Medical School,

Dr. Charles Shepherd—ME Association,

Sir Peter Spencer—Action for ME,

Professor Peter White—Bart's and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

The Expert Group has met twice, in December 2008 and March 2009. The notes of those meetings will be published on the MRC website shortly, and will then be accessible to the public.