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Open Medicine Foundation Announces Harvard Collaborative Research Center

Today, the Open Medicine Foundation announced that it had funded a new ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center at Harvard under Ron Tompkins and Wenzhong Xiao, to the tune of $1.8 million dollars. The Center will include with Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. There are two main goals

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Voices from Sacramento: Janet Dafoe and Ashley Haugen

Some of you may know Dr. Janet Dafoe and her daughter Ashley Haugen through their tireless advocacy work for ME.  Dr. Dafoe’s son and Ashley’s brother, Whitney Dafoe, has severe ME, and is the impetus behind their efforts to raise funding, raise awareness, and raise hell. These statements were read at the Sacramento California rally on June 2, 2017.

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Julie Rehmeyer: Hope and Despair in Through the Shadowlands

Recently, #MEAction sat down with Julie Rehmeyer to discuss her new book Through the Shadowlands, her op-ed in the New York Times with David Tuller, and next steps. What made you embark on a project like Through the Shadowlands? I’m a writer, and it was a big experience I was going through, having ME.  It

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SF Bay Area: Get Stanford Some Healthy Controls!

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 who are happy to help

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US: Read Lily Chu's CFSAC Testimony

Thank you for this opportunity to address the CFS Advisory Committee. I am writing to in response to the call for comments regarding how the US government might engage members of the ME/CFS community, especially patients and their lay supporters, in addressing and solving the clinical, research, educational, and public health challenges of this condition.

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Dimmock, Mirin & Jason: Estimating disease-burden in the US

Yesterday, Mary Dimmock, Arthur Mirin and Leonard Jason published a hallmark study in disease burden in myalgic encephalomyelitis. Why is funding so low? Funding for ME/CFS is arguably the lowest per patient for any major disease in the United States, averaging to about $5 per patient per year.  Compare this to multiple sclerosis, an illness

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Canada: Find CIHR qualified grant reviewers!

When a grant proposal is submitted, a panel of experts will examine it for merit before making a final decision.  But what happens when those ‘experts’ deny the very existence of the disease they purport to study? Memorably, a recent grant proposal was submitted to Canada’s CIHR (Canadian Institutes of Health Research) to study ME/CFS,

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Dr VanElzakker: two new ME/CFS studies at Harvard

#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 a scanner that

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Carol Head Named 2017 Oprah Magazine Health Hero

Carol Head has just been honored by O, Oprah Winfrey’s magazine, as one of fourteen 2017 Health Heroes, “visionaries who are healing bodies, minds, and communities.” “Although we would have preferred a more substantive piece (and inclusion of “myalgic encephalomyelitis,” or ME, as our disease name),” Solve ME/CFS said in a statement yesterday, “we are

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