NIH announces centers for ME/CFS research

The NIH announced the grants for three Collaborative Research Centers (CRC) and a Data Management Coordinating Center (DMCC) that will work together as a consortium for ME/CFS.
These grants will be managed by National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The total cost of the projects for fiscal year 2017 will be over $7 million. That amount is only for the 2017 year and does not include the following years.
Walter Koroshetz, M.D., director of NIH’s NINDS says, “The researchers will be encouraged to work with the ME/CFS community to help move the field forward. Individuals with ME/CFS provide a unique perspective on the disease, and their experiences with ME/CFS will help advance research and move us closer to a cure,”
The grants have been awarded to:

  1. Cornell ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center
    -Principal Investigator: Maureen Hanson, M.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, New York
  2. Center for Solutions for ME/CFS
    -Principal Investigator: W. Ian Lipkin, M.D., Columbia University, New York City
  3.  Topological Mapping of Immune, Metabolomic and Clinical Phenotypes to Reveal ME/CFS Disease Mechanisms
    -Principal Investigator: Derya Unutmaz, M.D., The Jackson Laboratory, Farmington, Connecticut
  4. Data Management and Coordinating Center (DMCC) for the ME/CFS Collaborative Research Centers
    – Principal Investigator: Rick L. Williams, Ph.D., Research Triangle Institute, Research Triangle, North Carolina

 

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3 thoughts on “NIH announces centers for ME/CFS research”

  1. Remarkable achievement for the community. A million thanks to the amazing #MEAction leadership for teaching this community how to move a mountain!

  2. So it only took 14 years to re-establish the three centers that were suddenly and quietly shut down in 2003. Forgive me if I don’t jump up and shout with joyful glee.
    I predict as soon as the new centers start producing useful results, they too will be suddenly and quietly shut down. As it is, not one dollar of these grants can be used for clinical treatment trials – it’s right there in the original announcements.
    The deliberate policy of non-research will now continue mostly unopposed, since NIH has successfully rehabilitated their image for only seven millions a year – a mere rounding error in the 30,000 million dollar NIH budget.
    Well done, Dr Collins! I congratulate you for this tremendous public relations success – your PR team has certainly earned a bonus. Perhaps you will be more generous with them than you have been with a million desperately ill citizens.

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