Category Archives: Research

Jennie Spotila: NIH’s management of conflict of interest

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EDITOR'S NOTE: This reporting is written by Jennie Spotila Next week, the NIH will convene a peer review panel to evaluate and score the applications submitted under the Data Center and Collaborative Research Center RFAs. NIH's management of conflict of interest is key to understanding who is - and who is ...
David Tuller: "I am committed to seeing this effort through to the end"

Tuller on PACE Investigation Plans: Not Beholden to Anyone

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#MEAction sat down with David Tuller recently for a wide-ranging discussion about the crowdfunding effort to help him continue his PACE investigations, the devastating stories he has heard from patients around the world, the poor media coverage of the PACE Trial flaws, and the ideal end result of all of the work ...

Passionate Pragmatist: Carol Head and the Fight for ME/CFS Equality: The SMCI Pt. I

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One of my deeply held personal values is that ALL people must be treated  respectfully…I have found that respectful, highly knowledgeable, forceful advocacy language that expresses the desperate needs of our community is the most effective. But please do not mistake my professional, respectful demeanor as anything less than a ...

The ME/CFS Biomarker Rollercoaster

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Biomarkers are a holy grail for ME/CFS because they have the potential to help diagnose disease, track disease progression or progress and help inform which treatments might help. The need for biomarkers is immense and researchers will identify many possible ones. It is encouraging that there have been more possible biomarker reports ...

Impact of proposed NIH and CDC cuts on ME Research

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How would the proposed NIH and CDC Budget Cuts affect ME research? News organizations recently reported that President Donald Trump’s administration has asked the House and Senate to approve budget cuts for 2017 of $1.232 billion for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and $314 million for the Centers for Disease ...

Engaging People with ME as Partners in the CRCs

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The National Institute of Health’s RFA for ME/CFS Collaborative Research Centers breaks new ground. For the first time, the funding agency is strongly encouraging researchers “to establish partnerships with patients groups and solicit their input” as part of their research plan. #MEAction assembled a team of volunteers to assist researchers in ...

Calcium channel ion defects: research from Australia’s Griffith Uni.

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Researchers from Queensland’s Griffith University recently identified a dysfunctional cell receptor in the immune system of people with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). Fifteen people meeting the Fukuda criteria for CFS were studied, against 25 controls. Considering the small size of the study, the results cannot be considered definitive ...

SF Bay Area: Get Stanford Some Healthy Controls!

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If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, or know any others who do, please consider asking them to donate blood to the Stanford Genome Technology Center as a healthy control. The blood will be used for multiple purposes, including in Ron Davis's ME/CFS research.  If you know individuals ...

Letter to NIH: End the Insult

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A person with ME for more than 38 years wrote this pointed letter to the National Institute of Health, calling its leaders to act with urgency and correct their gross neglect of people suffering with ME ...

NIH answers questions about research centers for ME

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Want to know more about the research centers and data center being planned for ME/CFS by the National Institute of Health (NIH)? Directors at the NIH discussed the research centers and answered questions from people with ME along with researchers in a phone call on Feb. 2. The NIH will provide ...
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