Category Tag: biomarker

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 ...

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 ...

NIH funding: What will this mean for ME/CFS research at Columbia’s CII?

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If the Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) team is successful with its RFA application proposal, this funding would clearly help the institution to become a Collaborative Research Center, and would help to fund the analysis work involved in the Monster study - albeit slowly. If you've missed it, this ...

Dr. Nahle’s Webinar Provides Overview of Current Research

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The Solve ME/CFS Initiative (SMCI) hosted a webinar December 15 in which Zaher Nahle, PhD, MPA, summarized research in which they are participating or supporting. Nahle is the Vice President for Research and Scientific Programs at SMCI. Nahle began by listing the problems associated with ME’s perception, funding, and research.  “The ...

Fluge, Mella, and Armstrong: more support for disordered metabolism in ME patients

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One of the frequent complaints of patients, researchers, and policymakers about ME research is that the findings are scattered, and the studies, small.  One group will discover X is elevated in 20 ME patients, only to find that when the test is done on another 13 patients two years down ...

Recent Tryptase Study Yields Potential ME/CFS Insight

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From the Solve ME/CFS Initiative: We recently highlighted a paper published online on October 17, 2016 (doi: 10.1038/ng.3696) the journal Nature Genetics, one of the most rigorous publications in the field of genetics with tantalizing findings. The paper, titled “Elevated basal serum tryptase identifies a multisystem disorder associated with increased ...

Dr VanElzakker: two new ME/CFS studies at Harvard

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#MEAction recently interviewed Dr. Michael VanElzakker regarding two, new studies on ME/CFS. The first aims to discover evidence of increased activity where the sensory vagus nerve enters the brainstem – a subtle effect that requires some intricate scans. In order to measure the activity in the vagus nerve, Dr. VanElzakker will use ...

New Research Project Launches through SMCI’s Targeted Initiative Research Program

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SMCI recently launched a new partnership as a component of our targeted initiative program, within our Pathways and Biomarkers Discovery Track. The project consists of original research in the areas of bioenergetics, metabolomics, and lipidomics using high-throughput technology. Importantly, this new SMCI research project relies on blood from well-qualified patients ...

Canada: Research Reviewers as Disease Denialists

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Press Release Toronto - August 28, 2016 - “This is ludicrous!” writes Dr. Ian Hyams about the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) decision to deny funding for a networking grant for the neurological disease Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).  Dr. Hyams, Medical Director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Clinic, expressed further concern ...

Naviaux’s metabolism paper is about as big as you think

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Robert Naviaux, at researcher at University of California, San Diego, published a landmark paper yesterday on the metabolites of patients with ME/CFS. It made news around the world. Below, an in-depth analysis of the paper's findings and its implications. Note: some of the information below is speculative, linking Naviaux's findings to ...
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