Dr. Charles Shepherd is Honorary Medical Adviser of the ME Association (UK). He is a private physician with a personal interest in ME/CFS. Dr. Shepherd developed ME following an infection with varicella zoster (chicken pox) that he caught from one of his hospital patients.
Dr. Shepherd has been involved with all aspects of the illness for over 30 years, from benefits to education, management, media, politics, research, and services. He was a member of the Chief Medical Officer’s Working Group on ME/CFS and the Medical Research Council’s Expert Group on ME/CFS research.
Dr. Shepherd also supervises all the research that is currently being funded by the ME Association, in particular the establishment of an ME Biobank for blood samples at the Royal Free Hospital in London. He is an executive board member of the UK ME/CFS Research Collaborative.
Here, Dr. Shepherd discusses the triggers that can precipitate ME.