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Category Archives: Science

The heart of ME? Lipkin’s Collaborative Probes the Impact of Exertion

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Simon McGrath is the author of the ME/CFS Research Review blog. The hallmark symptom of ME/CFS is post-exertional malaise (PEM), a prolonged, grim and disproportionate response to exertion. While Dr W. Ian Lipkin’s NIH-funded Collaborative – the Center for Solutions for ME/CFS – is focusing primarily on how problems in patients’ gut ...

The Microbiome Hypothesis: Lipkin’s Collaborative, Part 1

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Author of the ME/CFS Research Review blog, Simon McGrath, has written an article about Dr W. Ian Lipkin's theory that the body’s response to changes in the gut could be what’s driving ME/CFS for at least some patients. A gut reaction is the problem in ME/CFS – that’s the main idea being pursued ...

July 2018 — Research Roundup

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July was a big month for scientific research in ME!  Many of the most well-known researchers and clinicians had papers this month including Klimas, Lipkin, Hornig, Levin, Peterson, Montoya, Julie Newton, Broderick, and Marshall-Gradisnik.  There were studies in epigenetics, NK cell function, the HPA axis, robots for schoolchildren with ME, ...

Learning about ME at the Dysautonomia Conference

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#MEAction sent two representatives, Beth Mazur and Jaime Seltzer, to attend the 2018 Dysautonomia International Conference in Nashville last month. This was an opportunity for our community to join forces and gain insight regarding the commonalities in triggers, symptoms, diagnoses, and methods of treatment between ME and dysautonomia. Dysautonomia refers ...

Ron Davis Receives $2.5 Million Grant from NIH

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Dr Ron Davis and his team at the Stanford Genome Technology Center have received a large research grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) that will fund research for 5 years at $500,000 a year and will involve 15 collaborators, 9 of which have never worked in the ME/CFS field before ...

U.S. – Center for Solutions for ME/CFS Seeks Applicants for Community Advisory Committee

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The Center for Solutions for ME/CFS is seeking applications for the Community Advisory Committee. The deadline is Monday, July 9. Apply here: CAC application, available in Google Forms. The Center for Solutions for ME/CFS (CfS for ME/CFS) is a multi-institutional, inter-disciplinary research center dedicated to understanding the biology of ME/CFS, and developing diagnostic ...

Australia: Mason Foundation Explores Funding ME and CFS Biobank

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Most of Australia’s medical research funding for ME and CFS comes from the Mason Foundation, who are currently looking at whether they will fund a biobank or a patient registry for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and/or chronic fatigue syndrome samples. Recently the Mason Foundation updated stakeholders on the decision-making process. This is important ...

Watch the Stanford Research Update on T-cells

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Dr. Mark Davis, Director of the Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation, and Infection, talks about his work with T-cells to understand their role in ME/CFS and to determine if ME/CFS is an autoimmune disease. The Open Medicine Foundation (OMF) is funding the work of Dr. Davis into ME/CFS ...

Welcome Jaime Seltzer to the #MEAction Team – Director of Scientific and Medical Outreach

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Thanks to your generous support of our Indiegogo campaign, #MEAction is adding a new team member! We’re thrilled to welcome Jaime Seltzer as our Director of Scientific and Medical Outreach. She will work with ME clinicians and researchers in order to facilitate engagement with the patient community and the public, ...

OMF Creates Harvard ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center

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The Open Medicine Foundation (OMF) is proud to announce that it has funded $1.8 million for the establishment of a new ME/CFS Collaborative Research Center at the Harvard Medical School affiliated hospitals, which includes Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.  The new Harvard ...