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#MEAction aims to grow the scientific field through outreach, education, and fellowship opportunities for young investigators, and by empowering patients to understand, engage with and participate in research.

How to get involved

 

Researchers and Clinicians

 
  • If you’re a researcher interested in learning more about this field, start here to browse a list of resources.
  • If you’re currently in the field, we’d love to support you by disseminating information about your work to the community by:
    –  Writing about your research for our website.
    –  Getting the word out about your currently enrolling research study.
    –  Helping with press outreach around your forthcoming research publication.
  • We’re also always looking for researchers and students to contribute to MEpedia, our crowd-sourced encyclopedia on the science and history of ME.

To learn more, email [email protected].

Patients & community

There are so many ways you can help support research and the generation and dissemination of scientific knowledge about ME.

Contact [email protected] to learn more!


Enroll in a Research Study

Investigating the impact of Covid-19 on ME – Survey

Please help #MEAction UK and #MEAction Scotland by taking part in this survey to find out the effect that Covid-19 has on people with ME. Take the survey We are working in collaboration with Action for ME to gather evidence on the impact of Covid-19 on our community. We have heard many stories from people

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Impacts of Shift Work on Chronic Conditions

Who: Dr. Rachael Blasiman and Hayley Shasteen at Kent State University are interested in shift workers and people with chronic conditions. You may still participate if you do not fit in either category. What: Participation is anonymous and involves taking a survey that will take approximately 30 minutes. The survey will ask questions about shift

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ME/CFS International Family Impact Study

Who: Dr. Nina Muirhead and the Study Team at Cardiff University, United Kingdom have developed a survey with two questionnaires, one for the patient and one for a life partner or family member. If you cannot be together to complete it, you can save and return. What: An international research study, looking at the impact

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Enrolling studies: Internet-Based Participation

What: Researchers at Southern Connecticut State University are currently enrolling individuals in a study that will examine an intervention app for people living with ME/CFS. This app monitors daily perceived and expended energy and fatigue levels. Participants will be asked to complete an online survey about their health history, ME/CFS symptomology, as well as current

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Enrolling: Naviaux Lab Metabolomics Study

Who: Looking for adult women with ME, Lyme’s Disease (post-treatment), or healthy controls that are currently living in Southern California or live within two hours of San Diego. Note that you will need to avoid food for three hours prior to your blood draw. What: Participants for the new Naviaux Lab Metabolomics Study are needed!

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Enrolling: EDS Genetics Study

What: The Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) Society is recruiting individuals to participate in a genetic evaluation study. ME/CFS and EDS have a range of similarities and overlap. EDS is a connective tissue disorder in which musculoskeletal pain, joint pain/hypermobility, and fragile skin are considered common manifestations. Who: 1000 individuals with Hypermobile EDS as well as their family

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Enrolling: Stony Brook University ANS Study

Who:  Researchers at Stony Brook University– funded by the National Institue of Health What: The goal of this study is to use data obtained from participants to compare the relationships between fatigue, physical activities and autonomic function (heart rate variability). Individuals with ME/CFS as well as healthy controls are needed. Those who participate over the entire

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Enrolling: NIH Intramural Study

Overview The objective of this research study is to look in-depth at the clinical and biological characteristics of ME/CFS. Participants with ME/CFS are inpatients at the clinical center at NIH for approximately two weeks on their first visit and another two weeks if they return for the second round of the study. There will be

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Enrolling: Harvard brain scan PEM study — local only

Who:  Michael VanElzakker, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School is looking for participants living in, or near the Boston area to join his study. What:  Participants will rest on their backs in a high-resolution MRI machine that is capable of measuring both the concentrations of certain chemicals and the movement of oxygenated blood in the brain.

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Research News

Investigating the impact of Covid-19 on ME – Survey

Please help #MEAction UK and #MEAction Scotland by taking part in this survey to find out the effect that Covid-19 has on people with ME. Take the survey We are working in collaboration with Action for ME to gather evidence on the impact of Covid-19 on our community. We have heard many stories from people

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National Institutes of Health (NIH) logo on side of building

#MEAction sends letter to NIH ahead of ME/CFS meeting

Last week the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced it will hold its next ME/CFS Telebriefing on Thursday, Nov. 5 at 11am Eastern Time.  #MEAction staff and volunteers worked quickly to draft a letter with detailed questions for NIH in advance of this meeting. You can read the full letter here. We will keep

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ME/CFS and Long COVID: What’s the Connection?

#MEAction hosted a seminar for post-COVID-19 “long haulers” on Friday, August 7, to learn more about ME/CFS as a potential diagnosis after viral infection, in partnership with Body Politic and the COVID-19 Working Group New York. Watch the seminar now!

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REPORT PART 1: NIH IS NOT ADVANCING ME/CFS RESEARCH

The NIH is doing little to expedite a coordinated, outcomes-focused plan for ME/CFS research, an enormous missed opportunity in the era of COVID-19. Editor’s note: This is part of a report series on what the NIH is (and isn’t) doing for ME/CFS and long COVID research. For our Report Summary see here. For Report Part 2: NIH

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£3.2million granted for largest ME/CFS DNA study ever

Funding for the world’s largest genetic study into myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), led by a partnership of patients and scientists, has been announced. Thanks to £3.2 million funding, awarded jointly by the Medical Research Council and National Institute for Health Research, work can begin on DecodeME, the ME/CFS DNA study that hopes to reveal the tiny differences in a person’s DNA that may affect their risk of developing ME/CFS, and the underlying causes of the condition.

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