Dr Alastair Miller stands down
Prof Julia Newton and Dr Gregor Purdie have been appointed to the shared role of AfME’s Medical Adviser
Action for ME website - Action for M.E. appoints new joint medical adviser
9 October 2015
Action for M.E. is delighted to announce that Prof Julia Newton and Dr Gregor Purdie have been appointed to the shared role of our Medical Adviser.
Prof Newton and Dr Purdie have taken over from Dr Alastair Miller, who has been Action for M.E.’s Medical Adviser since 2010.
Prof Newton, Clinical Professor of Ageing and Medicine and Dean of Clinical Medicine at Newcastle University, has published a considerable body of research relating to M.E. and other chronic diseases associated with fatigue.
Dr Purdie, who has been working with people affected by M.E. since he was a junior doctor in 1979, was Clinical Lead for M.E. for NHS Dumfries and Galloway until he retired last year, and is already a Trustee of Action for M.E.
Both have been working closely with Action for M.E. for a number of years, contributing to the charity’s ongoing programme of UK-wide events and resources for patients and professionals.
Prof Newton’s 2013-2015 study into muscle dysfunction and M.E. was funded by Action for M.E., while Dr Purdie worked with the charity on a series of educational webinars for GPs who, according to UK-wide research (2013, Aviva Health of the Nation Index) find M.E. one of the most challenging conditions to diagnose and refer.
Sonya Chowdhury, CEO, Action for M.E., says, “Bringing together considerable research experience and significant clinical expertise, Prof Newton and Dr Purdie are something of a dream team for us. I know their extensive knowledge, shared with Action for M.E. staff and Trustees, and in turn with those whom we support, will help improve the lives of those affected by this terrible condition.”
Alan Cook, Chair of Board of Trustees at Action for M.E., said: “We are enormously grateful to Dr Miller for the time, expertise and support he has freely gave to Action for M.E."
Dr Miller was the lead Clinician for the Herefordshire & Worcestershire CFS/ME Service, until he moved to Liverpool in 2005. His position was - Consultant Physician in Infectious Disease and General Internal Medicine–Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.