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Prof. Anthony J. Pinching

Substantial Advisory and Public Policy Roles

Independent CFS/ME Working Party

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Independent CFS/ME Working Party

Background Information

Employment History


Staff Groups

Associate Dean

Peninsula Medical School

Louis Freedman Chair In Immunology

St Bartholomew's Hospital


Medical Schools Council


The Steering Group Inc

Principal Medical Adviser

Association for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis




Associate Fellow
Medici Quartet

Cornwall Music Therapy Trust

CFS and ME Service
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust



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About MESH in Cornwall [cached]

MESH cornwall Patron: Professor A J Pinching

Professor Pinching leads the CFS/ME Service at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. He is one of thirteen clinical champions specialising in CFS/ME across England. Professor Pinching is an active clinician caring personally for large numbers of CFS/ME patients. During his time as a consultant he has seen over 4,000 people with the condition. He leads a very strong Multi-Disciplinary Team, practising a patient-centred approach. In a recent interview with Kezia Clark, Professor Pinching spoke very highly of MESH cornwall and its relationship with the CFS/ME Service.
" Professor Pinching also remarked, "MESH cornwall is an impressive and unsung resource. The commitment and effort is excellent considering that it is voluntary and many of those on the committee have CFS/ME. Having spoken regularly at MESH quarterly meetings Professor Pinching feels that there is a very positive response at these events, " people find it helps to talk to someone about what can be a very complicated illness." Professor Anthony J Pinching is also Associate Dean for Cornwall and Professor of Clinical Immunology at the Peninsula Medical School, where he is developing a locally appropriate and focused research environment, including his own research plans on CFS/ME. In addition he has substantial advisory and public policy roles including Deputy Chairman of the Independent CFS/ME Working Party to the Chief Medical Officer.


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Professor Anthony J Pinching has a long-standing interest in music, which has largely featured outside the work setting. He was Chairman of the Barts Choral Society for seven years until 2003, with major roles in overseeing the musical management, including appointing the present conductor, and steering the programming and underpinning work. He is an amateur clarinettist (previously saxophonist), and has run two jazz groups, as well as playing in a variety of classical orchestras, jazz and military bands. A regular concert- and opera-goer, he has a voracious appetite for musical insights, and has developed an increasing interest in the potential cross-fertilisation with medicine and medical education.
He is an experienced clinical academic, having had a wide range of roles in teaching (immunology, medical ethics), research (HIV/AIDS, CFS/ME, clinical immunology) and management (head of department and of division; associate dean), as well as being a practicing clinician focusing on CFS/ME and, until 2003, HIV/AIDS. He devised the new SSU in Music and Medicine for the Peninsula Medical School, as part of the wider medical humanities teaching .

Medical Advisors | About Us - ME Support in Brighton [cached]

Professor Anthony J Pinching

Professor Anthony Pinching
Professor Anthony J Pinching has since 2003 been Associate Dean for Cornwall, and Professor of Clinical Immunology, in the Peninsula Medical School, with his base at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro. He trained in Medicine at Oxford, also gaining DPhil (in Neuroanatomy). After postgraduate training, he became Senior Lecturer, then Reader, in Clinical Immunology at St Mary's, and in 1992 took up the Louis Freedman Chair in Immunology at St Bartholomew's. His academic and clinical interests have included cellular immunology, autoimmunity (myasthenia gravis, vasculitis), immunodeficiency (especially HIV/AIDS), chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME), and medical ethics. He was Deputy Chairman of CMO's CFS/ME Working Group, and was the Chairman of the Department of Health's CFS/ME Service Investment Steering Group. His clinical focus is now predominantly on CFS/ME.


The published views of Professor Anthony Pinching

Professor Anthony Pinching
One of those who supported the Wessely School view was the Deputy Chair of the Working Group, Anthony Pinching, who at that time was Professor of Immunology at St Bartholomew's Hospital, London. He became notorious for the publication during his tenure of an article (Chronic fatigue syndrome. Anthony J Pinching. Prescribers' Journal 2000:40:2:99-106 published by the Department of Health itself, but now discontinued) which caused great distress to the ME community, in which he made his views clear:
Pinching did not even mention ME or the key manifestations of it and he expressly stated that the fatigue found in CFS is " not related to ongoing exertion ": this was a particularly odious statement because in ME, there is always post-extertional muscle fatigue, without which the diagnosis of ME is untenable.
To the consternation of many people with ME, Pinching is now Medical Adviser to the charity Action for ME, which even changed its logo to include "chronic fatigue" but was compelled to remove the words and revert to "Action for ME" by the Charity Commission.
The team which carried out the systematic review of the literature had another team to advise them, since none of them had any clinical experience of "CFS/ME"; again, to no-one's surprise, the key adviser on this "advisory" team was Simon Wessely, assisted by Anthony Pinching and Christopher Clark.

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